Playing Hair Model for Christian Siriano with Sebastian Professional

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In case you missed it, I got to play hair model for Christian Siriano’s NYFW hair test last week! I got an exclusive sneak peek at the look in real time when hair designer Anthony Cole taught the Sebastian Professional Top Artist team how to create this epic look using my hair.

Christian Siriano’s FW’16 collection credits artist Sheila Hicks’ “Art of the Yarn” exhibit as inspiration. The designer became inspired by the different techniques of knitting and weaving in fabrications.


Following Christian’s inspiration, Anthony mirrored his vision with a unique braided look, creating an androgynous style with a touch of softness.

“I wanted the style to emulate Christian’s collection and vision. We added the androgynous feel with the hard part, but kept the look soft using braids. The back is feminine, keeping the softness throughout the style,” Anthony said.

Christian Siriano Hair NYFW

Here’s how he did it:

  1. On damp hair, mist Sebastian Trilliant, then apply Sebastian Mousse Forte; blow dry clean and straight.
  2. Take an off-centered section starting from half inch to 1 inch past the crown of the head and tuck it away. On the left side, starting from the temple, take a diagonal section all the way from the temple to the nape of the neck and tuck away.
  3. Brush the remaining hair into a side part and put into a temporary ponytail while creating your 2-strand braid at the part and at the temple using Sebastian Eruptek.
  4. Fasten both braids at the bottom, leaving them loose.
  5. Remove temporary ponytail and brush hair, as if you would pony everything together (including the 2 braids). Then take 4-strand sections making a woven 4-strand braid all the way through and fasten at the bottom.
  6. Rub Sebastian Eruptek onto the braid and open it up and achieve explosive texture and expansive volume in the look. Make the braid flat and wide to give it a woven, dry look. Finish with Sebastian Zero-Gravity and over lay Sebastian Shine Shaker for a soft shine.

And here’s the finished look in action on the runway!

Christian Siriano NYFW

Obsessed.

Get the Look: Badgley Mischka Makeup

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The makeup looks at New York Fashion Week ranged from barely there to overloaded. Backstage at Badgley Mischka though, the makeup team struck the perfect balance. The simple yet effective makeup design, executed by the stellar MAC Cosmetics crew lead by makeup icon Tom Pecheux, shined in the spotlight. Tom created a fresh look he described as “youthful and natural, but colorful.” It was all about that dewy, perfectly strobed and balanced complexion with a power pop of color on the lips.

Here’s how he did it:


Step 1: Massage Studio Moisture Cream into skin to hydrate, soften and prepare.

Step 2: Blend Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation over the face to even and tone, using the 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

Step 3: Appy Climax Pro Sculpting Crème (available spring/summer 2016) over the upper cheekbones to highlight.

Step 4: Blend Crevasse Pro Sculpting Crème (available spring/summer 2016) under the cheekbones to contour.

Step 5: Curl lashes with the Full Lash Curler to lift and open the eyes.

Step 6: Blend Crevasse Pro Sculpting Crème over the eyelid with Joy Toy Foiled Shadow (both available spring/summer 2016).

Step 7: Apply Peach Strobe Cream Shade Extension (available winter 2016) over the eye for added dimension and shine.

Step 8: Apply Climax Pro Sculpting Crème (available spring/summer 2016)  just beneath the brow to accentuate.

Step 9: Fill in brows as needed and define with eye shadow to perfect.

Step 10: Mix Rich & Restless and To Matte with Love MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor (available spring 2016) together and apply over the lips to finish.

Get the Look: Hair at Hervé Léger

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Of all the trendsetting looks descending the SS16 runways at New York Fashion Week, the hair at Hervé Léger was one of my absolute favs. This braided crown pony, created by stylist Orlando Pita for TRESemme, echoed the style of the new collection perfectly.

“It’s the 30th anniversary of Hervé Léger so we’re embracing a new direction with a more organic quality in our handwork and elements of nature incorporated into the collection. We wanted to collaborate with Orlando on a softer braid and really play with texture more than we have before, ” said designer Lubov Azria.


And collaborate they did! It’s a new softer look for our Hervé Léger girl this season. “She’s still creating a strong statement with the braid, but we’ve played with making this more relaxed with purposely pulled out with loose pieces that frame her face and create beautiful movement when she walks,” Orlando said.

Want to style your hair like this? Grab a blow dryer (spotted this one at more than one station backstage), round bristle brush, small elastics, and a few TRESemme products and you’re ready to get started.

Here’s the scoop from Orlando on how to get the runway look at home:

Step 1: Start by washing your hair using Perfectly (un)Done Weightless Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and towel dry.

Step 2: Apply Max The Volume Root Lifting Cream from the roots to ends and blow dry with a round bristle brush.

Step 3: Create a deep side part and then starting from the crown, begin French braiding down across the forehead. Feed hair from underneath so the braid is raised up and let a few strands of hair fall onto the forehead to create additional texture.

Step 4: Secure the braid into a low pony at the nape of the neck with a small elastic and pull over your shoulder.

Step 5: Finish the look by spraying Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hold Hairspray (which I totally love and use all the time) for light hold. Voila! Runway perfect hair. 😉

Get the Look: Nicole Miller NYFW Nails

Backstage at New York Fashion Week SS16

Happy New York Fashion Week, beauties! The Spring/Summer 2016 shows are in full swing and I am obsessing over the beauty looks I’ve seen coming down the runways so far.

One of my fav nail art looks was spotted backstage at Nicole Miller’s SS16 show on Friday where butter LONDON’s lead manicurist, Katie Jane Hughes, created a fashion-forward nail design that perfectly complemented the fun, edgy collection.


“I created this bold nail look to play off of the street art inspired clothing in the collection. Black nails and edgy details are going to be a trend for spring. Spring beauty this season isn’t about playing by the rules,” Katie said.

The graphic, splatter-effect nail art featured a pop of color that mimics the bold street art and graffiti patterns found throughout the collection. These nail art designs complemented the poppy brights and graffiti prints of Nicole Miller’s “Street Sweet” collection perfectly.

Backstage at New York Fashion Week SS16

Want to get the look? I got the scoop from Katie on how she did it:

Step 1: Apply two coats Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds.

Step 2: Dip a bobby pin into Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black. Position the bobby pin over the nail and blow through the middle to create a splatter effect on each nail.

Step 3: With a new bobby pin, repeat the process with Nail Lacquer in Easy Peasy (a new shade launching in April ‘16!) on various nails on both hands.

Step 4: Lastly, apply one coat of Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to create a high-shine finish.

So fun, right? Stay tuned for more beauty scoop from NYFW coming up soon!

Betsey Johnson + Stila at Fashion Week

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Confession: If I could wear one designer every day for the rest of my life it would probably be Betsey Johnson. I love me some Betsey! Her designs (and shows) are always so full of life, like a packed-with-personality party.

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This silvery explosion was one of my favorite beauty moments of New York Fashion Week. The models were all decked in these totally edgy futuristic ragdoll looks with cotton candy hued wigs and metallic makeup. LOVED it.

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Stila pro artist (and Director of Creative Artistry) Sarah Lucero, a girl after my own heart, designed the looks using some not so traditional products (like eye shadow for lipstick). Would you dare to rock this yourself? If you’d like to get the look, I have the scoop on the products she used: 

Face:

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Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer

Eyes:

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Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Shadow in Metallic Lavender

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Stila Major Major Lash Mascara

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color

Cheeks:

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Stila Convertible Color in Sweet Pea

Lips:

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Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Triggerfish

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Stila Eye Shadow in Opal

So fun, right? Here are some more highlights from the show!