Alexander Wang is a man who knows exactly what he wants. His beauty look for Spring 2013 was equal parts sexy and strong, with full brows and highlighted cheeks. Models wore a low, classic ponytail, updated with dual-textured strands and black tape to break up a middle part. Backstage, we heard all about Alexander's beauty look from lead hairstylist Guido and key makeup artist Diane Kendal.
Marc by Marc Jacobs is known for its clean-lined ensembles, playful color combinations, and in the case of the Fall 2012 collection: loose, textured pieces. So what better way to let the clothing shine through than by keeping the upcoming season's beauty look appropriately minimalistic? It's the epitome of cool-girl style, and most of all, surprisingly easy to re-create.
- Have the hair: Redken creative consultant Guido Palau opted for a "simple and masculine" ponytail that featured a deep side part and at-the-nape base. In creating the style, hair was blow-dried "dead-straight," Palau explained, and prepped with the brand's Satinwear lotion — for which Palau describes as his "go-to blow-dry product."
- Nail the nails: "Marc wanted to portray a look that was innocent but still perfectly groomed," said manicurist Elisa Ferri. To accomplish this feel, models' nails were painted with two coats of Zoya's Adel, a sheer off-white with a creamy finish.
- Capture the cosmetics: Shiseido artistic director Dick Page mixed up a custom rouge shade for the show, keeping the vibrant hue the focus of the look. Add a touch of mascara and foundation where needed; geek-chic glasses optional.
Backstage at Marc Jacobs, we caught up with beauty dream team François Nars, Guido Palau and Jan Arnold. The NARS founder explained the intense makeup look, while Redken creative consultant Guido talked about the Vogue editor who inspired a hairstyle. CND co-founder Jan also chimed in with the scoop on nails. Watch now!
Pedicures were done with CND's Bloodline polish — which, we hear, Marc chose as soon as he saw it. For hands, manicurist Elisa Ferri created a natural-looking nail with CND Perfectly Bare nail polish (with a few drops of Super Matte mixed in). Hair, by Guido Palau for Redken, was inspired in part by Vogue editor Grace Coddington. Check back soon for our backstage video report on Marc's beauty look.
Find out how to re-create the look when you read more.
Models' hair was trimmed into layers that rested just below the collarbone. To create texture, Palau and his team sprayed Redken Fabricate. The end result was hair and makeup that feels easy, modern — in other words, very Marc.
To find out what went into the creation of the Alexander Wang look and see more photos, keep reading.
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