Runway Beauty: Missoni S/S 2012 Hair and Makeup at Milan Fashion Week

Inspired by the Spanish Harlem look of the Missoni Spring/Summer 2012 collection, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni working for MAC Cosmetics gave models “sexy, sweaty flamenco skin with a focus on brows” while Wella Professionals‘ Global Creative Director, Eugene Souleiman, created a disheveled bun with a side-part.

Missoni Spring 2012 runway beauty

Makeup by MAC at Missoni Spring 2012 show

• Face & Body Foundation – lightly applied to perfect skin.
• Fusion Gold Metal X Cream Shadow (available Spring/Summer 2012) – blended over upper cheekbones, bridge of nose and chin to mimic hot, sweaty skin.
• Groundwork Paint Pot – blended under the apples of cheeks with 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush.
• Fix + – misted onto sides of the face at line up.

• Groundwork Paint Pot – blended around the entire eye for a shadowed effect.
• Coffee Eye Pencil – applied through the waterline for depth.
• Coquette and Copperplate Eye Shadow – used with 239 Eye Shader Brush to create full brows.

• Freckletone and Fresh Brew Lipstick – pressed into the lips with fingers.

“I wanted to create tension between the hair and the clothing, to inject it with a rawness that would capture the passion and sensuality of a beautiful young Missoni woman at the end of a hot summer night. So I took the idea of a traditional, slick Spanish look with a perfect side-parting and hair smoothed back over the ears and sculpted into a neat bun, and deconstructed it to create a “roughed up”, disheveled effect and a slightly dirtier end-of-the-night texture.” said Eugene.

Hair by Wella Professionals at Missoni Spring 2012 show

Step 1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner, and apply Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier to wet hair before blow drying hair straight and smooth using a round brush, without creating volume. For hair in need of an extra moisturizing boost, like that of models at Fashion Week, try using Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment once a week.

Step 2. Rub Wella Professionals Rugged Fix Matte Molding Crème between your palms and fingers and squash into the roots of your hair all over to create a slightly matted textured effect.

Step 3. Next, apply Wella Professionals Flowing Form Smoothing Balm to set the natural movement and texture, blasting the roots with a hairdryer to help absorb the product making it invisible.

Step 4. Although the end look is slightly disheveled it’s important to start with a neat side-parting, so use a sectioning comb to create this before using your hands to pull the hair back roughly into a ponytail at the nape of the neck, covering the ears. Don’t worry if the hair is not perfectly smooth as the beauty of this look is in the imperfection. In fact, if you massage the hair with your fingers to create more volume and texture, this will add to the overall look.

Photos: Courtesy of MAC And Wella Professionals.

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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