For the perfect romantic updo, look no further than Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2014 bridal collection. The gowns coming down the runway were inspired by femininity and romance but with an heirloom quality, which translated to the braided updos the models wore. "We wanted the girls to look like themselves, wearing updos with a romantic, soft, and whimsical mood," Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero said. "The attention was on the matte texture of the hair and the intricate details of each braided bun, parted [to the] side or center, with minimal volume on top." Get a similar look for your big day or another formal affair with these step-by-step tips!
As much attention we pay to the ingredients in our beauty products, the first hurdle any concoction must pass is the scent test; and Moroccanoil has one of our favorites. The warm and nutty fragrance of the beauty brand's hair products leaves us sniffing our strands for days (which can sometimes garner weird looks from strangers). And now, much to our delight, this scent has been captured in candle form. Moroccanoil's Candle ($52) has a rich, woodsy smell that works just as well in bathrooms, bedrooms, and living rooms as it does on the hair and body. So, Moroccanoil, let's talk about perfume . . .
With the humidity on the rise outside of her Spring 2014 show, the look at Rachel Zoe was more than appropriate. "We're going on safari," Antonio Corral Calero, artistic director for Moroccanoil, said with a laugh. And the braid he created for the look? Safari glamping gone gorgeous. A huge, fuzzy plait with loads of texture was the centerpiece of the look.
But the makeup was just as gorgeous. Charlotte Tilbury, using Maybelline, wanted the girls to look gorgeously sun-kissed. She swept bronzer down the nose, under the cheekbones, and across the forehead to achieve that gorgeously golden look. "It's about embracing your inner golden goddess," she quipped. To create the pretty pink pout, Tilbury mixed three different pinks together and lightly patted the color on the lips with her fingers. Nude manicures completed the look.
"I'm flashing back to when I first met Narciso at Calvin [Klein] in the early '90s, and we used to joke that every season we had to come up new ways to do nothing," said makeup artist Dick Page of the look at Narciso Rodriguez's Spring 2014 show. To achieve a no-makeup facade, Page mixed multiple mediums. For cheeks, he created a custom shade with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Metalrose and Hellebore (launching this Spring). He also blended out the eyeliner with moisturizer and diluted brown mascara with clear gel to achieve a more transparent feeling.
The hair was meant to mimic a second-day blowout with very little curl or wave. Lead hairstylist Paul Hanlon finished it with Moroccanoil Treatment Light (from $17) to give a piecey feel (but not grunge). Deborah Lippmann used only one coat of Pretty Young Thing Nail Color ($17) for a subtle hue, followed by a matte topcoat to take away any prettiness.
Of the look at Badgley Mischka's Spring 2014 show, lead stylist Peter Gray for Moroccanoil said, "Well, the designers kept talking about Jacque Henri Lartigue's seaside photography and the city of Atlantis, so we all agreed on mermaids. "Gray set the models' hair in pin curls before brushing them out and twisting them into a low roll. The secret to keeping the 'do in place? A tiny braid at the nape of the neck was used to anchor the pins. "We're only using four to five pins in each of the girls' hair!" Gray quipped.
Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics focused on watery blues and coral lips for the makeup look. "Coral is a great color for Spring," he said. "It's fun, it's friendly, and it looks good on everyone." Even the nails, by manicure leading lady Deborah Lippmann, kept with the mermaid theme. Two coats of Blue Orchid were topped with one coat of La Vie En Rose (both out Spring 2014), creating an iridescent manicure that was reminiscent of fish scales.
Vibrant shots of red were seen throughout the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 collection, and the theme also followed through to the beauty look. Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics created the chic makeup style that featured clean skin with a hint of highlight on the cheeks. The focal point was the cherry-stained lip. Hairstylist Bob Recine for Moroccanoil made sure the face was on full display with his sleek, half-wet/half-dry hairstyle. "This gives the hair a fresh, clean feeling, much like the clothes," he said.
The nails, by Katie Hughes of Butter London, also had a pop of red. "I was inspired by the sheer elegance of the collection," she said. She opted for Pink Ribbon ($15), a sheer pink, on the nails and Pillar Box Red ($15), a bright red, on the toes to pop against the shoes coming down the runway.
Carolina Herrera wanted her models to look gorgeous for her Fall 2013 show, and that they did. For the elegant look, Orlando Pita for Moroccanoil gave a new twist (if you will) to the victory roll, while Diane Kendal for MAC added a gorgeous shade, Hot Tahiti, on the lips. Nails were adorned with Essie's Ladylike to streamline the elegant factor.
Bold lips and matte finishes are huge for Fall 2013, and the crimson version at Vera Wang was the focal point of the overall beauty look. The hair was left wavy and slight undone, and the nails were a soft gray.
Who would wear it: We can see Florence Welch rocking this look.
Key products: Clé de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick in Mister Lincoln and Tuscany.
Trends: Bold, matte lips.
Makeup: Lucia Pieroni for Clé de Peau Beauté created the bold matte lip using the Extra Rich Lipstick in Mister Lincoln and Tuscany. To add dimension to the look, she used the lighter shade on top of and in the center of the lip. She kept the face bare with a touch of shimmering shadow on the lids, while lashes went mascara-free to let the lips take center stage. Bold brows finished off the palette to balance the intensity of the lipstick.
Hair: "The hair is about texture," said lead stylist Paul Hanlon for Moroccanoil. The hair was left down and ultimately tucked into the clothes before models walked the runway, so Hanlon made sure he brought defined texture to the hair. After wetting the hair and prepping it with Volumizing Mousse, he twisted sections with his hands while he blow-dried. To better frame the face, he went back with a curling iron and finished the look with hair spray for hold.
Nails: Lead manicurist Jin Soon Choi used her JinSoon nail polish in Auspicious. "It's a light gray, but has a hint of lavender for a softer, more elegant touch," Choi said.
A little romantic and a little edgy was the overall look for the hair, makeup, and nails at Alice + Olivia's Fall 2013 showing. The braided style, mixed with smudged eye makeup and a crimson lip, lent a modern take on a Renaissance aesthetic.
The look: Halo braids, gilded lids, and a glossy red lip.
The inspiration: Romantic Renaissance.
Key products: Stila Stay All Day Lip Vinyl Gloss in Merlot.
Makeup: Sarah Lucero for Stila conceptualized the gorgeous Fall makeup palette for Alice + Olivia's Fall 2013 show. She focused on the lips, using Stila's Stay All Day Lip Vinyl Gloss in Merlot, a rich, high-shine crimson hue. And to balance the strength of the bold lip, she kept the eye makeup soft and shimmering with In the Light Eye Shadow Palette and Metal-Eyes Foil Finish Shadow. To get a similar chromatic effect on the eyes, wet your brush before applying the gold shadow to your lids.
Hair: The hair, by Antonio Corral Calero for Moroccanoil, featured a wreath of braids on top of the head. To achieve the style, he parted the hair in the center and created two separate braids. Next, he wrapped them in opposite directions around the head, tucked the braids under, and secured with bobby pins. He let pieces of hair frame the face to add to the romantic feel.
Nails: There were three nail looks by NCLA. Depending on what the model was wearing for the show, she had one of three colors on her nails: Rush Hour (vibrant red), Call Me For the After Party (metallic blue), or Alice + Olivia Plaid Nail Wraps.
Curly-haired women know: hydration is the key to achieving defined ringlets and waves. Let Moroccanoil's intensely conditioning and frizz-reducing Curl Defining Cream ($32) be your hair's secret weapon. While you can apply this product on wet hair with a diffuser, another way to use this argan oil-rich product is to refresh second-day strands. For thicker hair, try twirling it into individual curls after spritzing with water. And for waves, scrunch the cream in with your fingers, resetting your style with a diffuser. A little bit goes a long way with this cream, but if you use too much, spray hair with water to avoid a weighed-down finish. If you have a sensitive nose, this floral-scented cream might not be for you. But fragrance lovers will find that thanks to its high-sillage effects, this scented cream might even replace their perfume.