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August 17th, 2012

Dip-Dyed Ponytails & Sunset Coloured Lips.

Dip-Dyed Ponytails & Sunset Coloured Lips.

Over 160 outfits, 31 designers, 1 hairstyle, 2 make-up looks. I expected absolute chaos backstage at the Myer Spring/Summer 2013 show last night. And yet it was calm and running on time (rare for a fashion show). A stellar effort.

I spoke to the beauty team for their tips on re-creating the very wearable hair and make-up.

The Hair.

Simple. Ponytail. Orange tips. Here’s what the man behind the mane, Kevin Murphy, had to say about the hairstyle he created for the Myer show.

Ponytails are so hot right now. Tell us about this version you created and why.
Because there are so many brands, we wanted to create a look that complimented all of them. We kept it quite young and were inspired by Myer’s recent campaign shoot in Africa, even though the style itself isn’t exactly ‘African.’ Instead we played with the pops of colour that Africa is so famous for. They love colour over there. Their homes may be tradionally brown but you’ll often see a bright yellow roof or other injections of colour. To make the haristyle modern yet sophisticated we decided on a little pop of colour on the ends of the pony. Using one of my new products, ‘Color Bug’, we dip-dyed the tips with a block (not ombre) colour. 

How did you apply the orange colour to the ends?
First you need to apply a wet spray product, like a volumising mist to prep the ends. Then you just run the Color Bug over the pony. By dampening the hair first with a styling spray the colour will stick to the product not your hair. At the end of the day you can wash it out completely, with no staining.

If you have bleach-blonde hair will the colour still rinse out completely, or are there extra preparation steps that should be taken?
If your hair is really bleached then it’s a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner or treatment before apply the setting product and colour. With such pale-coloured hair the dye can grab a little but no more than wearing red nail polish or red lipstick on bare nails/lips. In a couple of washes it will definitely be all gone. 

Why did you choose orange for the tips?
Orange is such a striking colour and because there’s so many patterns in the clothing, and orange was the most under-used shade, it seemed like the obvious choice. Also the African influence played a part.

How can we recreate this simple style at home?
Really this is a double ponytail. To get the sleekness on top what you need to do is section off just below the crown and pull that into a pony. Then with the remaining top section, part it in the middle and then fingercomb it back to join the first ponytail. Tie it with a hair tie over the top of the original. This gives you a smooth finish which can be difficult to achieve when you try to pull back all the hair at once.

What tools did you use to create this look?
We used a large round brush and an anti-gravity spray, plus the Color Bug. You could also use a wide tooth comb to pul the pony back, but your fingers work just as well.

What You Need.

CLICK TO BUY: 1. Kevin.Murphy Anti Gravity Spray, $34.95; 2. Kevin.Murphy Color Bug, $24.95; 3. Kevin.Murphy Roll Brush, $79.

The Make-up.

Natasha Severino, YSL Make-up Director had her hands full last night creating skin so luminous you could spot it from the moon. Here’s how you can get the look at home.

How did you decide on the two make-up looks for the Myer show?
We wanted a make-up look that was going to compliment every designer. Obviously with up to 160 different outfits we needed something that was going to suit every style. Using the African setting of the Myer catalogue shoot as our inspiration, we incorporated beautiful terra cotta and gold shades into the make-up, with luminous skin the hero.

How did you translate the African inspiration into the make-up?
I think the dustiness of the shades we used represent Africa’s rugged landscapes. Then there are the amazing sunsets, which inspired the glowing skin. We worked with a variety of textures, which is also very much reminiscent of Africa. We used matte powders, luminous skin tones and then a wet finish on the eye.

Tell us about the two different looks from the show.
One is a very neutral palette and the other plays up YSL’s signature use of colour. What better way to inject colour than on the lips. The bright lip look won’t be on every girl so it will really stand out on the catwalk.

What kind of red lip did you go for?
This shade of orange-red was inspired by an African sunset. We used YSL Rouge Pur Couture Le Orange # 13.

How did you create the luminous skin?
The texture of the skin was the highlight of this look. First we mixed moisturiser with YSL Dare to Glow #2 and #3 to create an inner glow pre-base. Then Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation was applied using the fingertips. Next the face was contoured with a bronzing powder. We used Touche Eclat #2 and #3 to highlight the under-eye section, the bridge of the nose, chin and cheekbones. Over the lids and in the inner corners we used Bronzing Powder #3 for a wet mirrored sort of effect.

How would you recommend taking this look from day to night?
I’d add the lip, definitely.

In a red shade?
I think any pop of colour will make your make-up a little more glamourous. The beauty of summer is that we like to experiment with colour. Whether it’s through our nails or our lips or even our eye shadow. 

What You Need.

CLICK TO BUY: 1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Le Orange # 13; 2. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, $78; 3. YSL Dare to Glow #2 & #3.


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