Runway Beauty: Bibhu Mohapatra S/S 2012 Hair and Makeup

Inspired by the women in fashion photographer Helmut Newton’s iconic photographs, Maybelline New York Global Makeup Artist Charlotte Willer worked with lead hair stylist Rutger for Cutler/Redken Salon to create a natural look withe neutral eyes and a ballerina bun.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2012 neutral makeup

Fit Me! Foundation was used to prep the skin before Medium Bronze was applied onto cheekbones with a dusting of Fit Me! Powder over the skin to eliminate shine.

Using the deepest brown shades of Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow in Caffeine Rush, Charlotte created a smoky eye by blending the shadows over the lid and out past the outer corner of the eyes. Next, she lifted and winged lashes out with Volum’ Express Falsies Flared Mascara in Very Black and filled in brows with Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil.

To create a toned down version of Helmut Newton’s signature red lip, Charlotte used Shine Sensational Lip Gloss in Cherry Kiss.

To complement the gorgeous makeup, Rutger “went with a strong, graphic, yet simple, ballerina hair style”.

Step 1. Apply Redken Rootful to the roots and length of dry hair and finger dry hair with a T3 Featherweight Luxe hair dryer.

Step 2. When hair is completely dry, brush through with a Mason Pearson to even out the hair and smoothness.

Step 3. Then create a ponytail in the center of the back of the head, using your fingers to create a realness and separation to it, and tie off with an elastic.

Step 4. Backcomb/tease the length of the ponytail to get a bit of a lighter texture and grip.

Step 5. Twist hair around the ponytail in a nice beautiful bun and pin with French “U” pins.

Step 6. Finished the look off with Redken Quick Dry Spray.

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2012 ballerina hair

Photos: Courtesy of Maybelline and Redken.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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