Runway Beauty: Victoria Beckham S/S 2012 Hair and Makeup

To complement the modern, chic Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2012 collection, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury used Lancome products to give models a “handsome” and “sporty” look while Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a unique pulled-back hairstyle that was sleek and sophisticated in the front yet girly in the back.

Charlotte started by creating fresh, glowing skin with Teint Miracle Foundation. She shaded and highlighted the face with Star Bronzer Matte and Éclat Miracle Illuminator and applied Translucence pressed powder to the T-zone.

For the eyes, Liner Design in Bronze Couture (available April 2012) was mixed with Absolue Bx moisturizer and applied to the crease and then topped with Juicy Tubes in Pure for a glossy finish. Eyebrows were groomed and slightly arched with Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil to give the look a feminine edge.

To mute the lips, Charlotte applied Effacernes Concealer on them.

“I needed to break the clean, sleek lines in the front to modernize the look, so I created a rough matte texture in the back. The key is to make it look effortless, which I did by using two distinct textures in one look. Some find it difficult to wear their face so exposed, but the boldness and austerity of the forehead in this look is what makes it beautiful,” said Guido.

Starting with dry hair, Guido combed back a 4-5 inch top section from the forehead to the crown and applied a generous amount of Hardwear 16 Super Strength Sculpting Gel into the whole section before clipping the end of the section up out of the way. Then, he applied Guts 10 Root Targeted Volume Spray Foam through the remainder of the hair until evenly distributed and damp with the product. Next, he clipped the front section at the crown back with a metal bar clip and coated the top section with Glass 01 Smoothing Serum for a lacquered finish. Finally, he let the hair air dry or rough dry with a blow dryer and then added Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray for texture, concentrating on the sides so that no stray hairs are around the face.

Photos: Courtesy of Robert Fairer.

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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