Runway Makeup: DKNY S/S 2012 Hair, Makeup and Nails

“A California girl who has come to New York” inspired the hair, makeup and nails at the DKNY Spring 2012 show. The end result? Sun-kissed skin, bright eyes, beachy hair with lots of volume and bold, nude nails.

DKNY Spring 2012 Runway Beauty

Face
Maybelline New York Global Makeup Artist Charlotte Willer prepped the skin with a lighter layer of Fit Me ! Foundation. She then applied Fit Me! Bronzer in Light Bronze to the temples, top of cheeks and eyelids and added Fit Me! Blush in Deep Rose to the middle of the cheeks for a sun-kissed California Girl glow.

Eyes
Charlotte applied the lightest shade of Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow in Caffeine Rush to the inner corners of the eyes and the light beige shade all over the eyelids up to the brow bone for a subtle, glowing look. She coated lashes with Volum’ Express One-by-One Mascara so that “the eyes won’t be last among the beautiful hats in this collection” and groomed brows with Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil.

Lips
A natural flush to the lips was created with Color Sensational High Shine Lipcolor in Glisten Up Pink and topped with a layer of Baby Lips Lip Balm in Quenched.

DKNY Spring 2012 Backstage Makeup


Hair
“I was inspired by the rich colors and prints of the collection which had a kind of French Riviera feel about it, and I wanted to create a contrast against the high glamour of this look. I wanted the girls to be cool, young and fresh, and their hair to look like it has been in the sun all summer long – so it had variation in color and an arid texture. I wanted the girls to look like they’d be in the Hamptons for the summer and were now back in the City – the contrast of the rich clothes against the fresh, textured hair was what I was after” said Eugene Souleiman, Wella Professionals, Global Creative Director, Care & Styling.

Get the Look
Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner for Volume. At the show, Eugene and his team added extensions, but when working with natural hair, roughly blow dry the hair to create volume and body. Spray Wella Professionals, Ocean Spritz, Beach Texture Spray on to dry hair, then wind into a low bun and pin in place, using the hair as a roller by winding the hair back on its self. Apply heat from a hair dryer with a diffuser to the hair, make sure it’s thoroughly dry, and then change the setting to cool to “set” the hair. Once the hair is cool, remove the pins from the hair to release the bun, and run your fingers through the hair to break it up a little and create some texture. The finished look should have a slightly “raw” feel to it.

Nails
Essie manicurist Elle painted models nails with All in One Base followed by two coats of Brooch the Subject. She then gave each coat two minutes to dry before finishing with Good to Go Top Coat.

DKNY Spring 2012 Nails


Photos: Courtesy of WWD and Essie.

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, Glamour.com, 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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