Backstage beauty at Lela Rose was all about blending whimsical femininity with structure. Both hair and makeup had to reflect the theme of the collection: mid-century modern furniture design. Inspired by Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen, the clothing incorporated curvilinear and geometric shapes.
Noted hair stylist Ted Gibson of the Ted Gibson Salon created the look: an ethereal chignon-like back updo sprinkled with gold flakes that fell off the models as they walked the runway just as snowflakes fall from the sky.
"I thought the hair needed structure to it, but I didn't want to do a basic updo," Gibson said. "I wanted to do something a bit more whimsical, something a little more special."
Gibson created a center part and used gel in the front. Then he used a medium-sized curling iron to create a wave starting from the ears and going down, which brought in some texture. The wavy hair was then combed back to create volume. It was secured with a hair elastic and instead of turning it under, it was folded on top of itself creating a bit of a faux-bob.
"Most people would turn it under, but I didn't want it to look like a bob," Gibson said. " The end result isn't a bob at all, but something closer to a chignon."
Gibson said the gold flakes added something extra. "The hair was really pretty as it was, but I wanted to take it to the next level," he said. Gibson also said that it's easy to imitate the gold flakes at home by just keeping in mind to do that extra something on your night's out. "You don't necessarily need to have it in the back, but you can have it on top or on the side," he recommends. "Make a side part and sprinkle the part with glitter."
For makeup, it was all about that "pop of color." Cory Bishop, Stila's pro artistry manager, said the electric green eyeshadow and pink lips were a nod to the 60s to keep in line with the retro look.
"So you get that feel right off the bat from the eye," he said. "We used a Smudge Stick from Stila on the eye and blended it in."
Stila color pigments in Light Show, eye shadow in Cha Cha, convertible color in Camellia and Glamoureyes mascara all created the look. Finally, Stila color balm lipstick in Betsey and convertible color in Fuchsia were used on the lips.
Bishop says the most important thing to keep in mind for spring is that "pop of color," which adds something extra to any day, even when it's just a bright eyeshadow.
Below is a recap of products used:
Makeup: Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com, using Stila
Hair: Ted Gibson for Beauty.com
Nails: Katie Hughes using butter LONDON on Beauty.com
Skin: Laura Filancia, Institute Director of Erno Laszlo, using Erno Laszlo products on Beauty.com
Inspiration: Mid-century modern design and architecture – particularly the soft curves of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic egg chair.
GET THE LOOK:
Makeup: A pop pink lip with an electric green eye
· Apply Ted Gibson Build It Blow Drying Agent to prep the hair before blowing out the hair
· Create a deep, center part, applying Ted Gibson Fix It Gel to smooth flyaways
Use a small curling iron to create a wave starting from the ears and going down to create a differentiating texture
· Back comb the wavy portion of the hair to create volume and texture and finish with Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hair Spray
· Secure hair with an elastic 1.5 inches from the end of the hair, folding the hair on top of itself and pinning in place to create a faux bob
· Sprinkle small flakes of gold leaf on the textured portion of the hair to finish
Nails: butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Lady Muck
Additional reporting by Alexandra Finkel