Valentine's Day may have been on Cynthia Rowley's mind when she referenced "urban romance" as the inspiration for her fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection. But citing New York City as her base, that love affair also had a darker edge. The beauty look embraced this idea with amorous, brooding makeup.
To give models's skin a dewy and fresh glow, skin-care expert Joanna Vargas prepped their complexions with her Daily Serum, Rejuvenating Serum and Daily Hydrating Cream. She then treated eyes with a Clarisonic Opal for added hydration.
Makeup artist Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com then gave models purple lips and russet shadow. She started by swiping the pink-violet Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Gemma on lips. She then layered the deep plum Improvise and intense shimmery purple Glance eye shadows from Stila In the Moment Eye Shadow Palette onto the pout with her fingertip. For the eyes, Soleimani mixed the deep wine Stila Eye Shadow in Pigalle with the brick Fire eye shadow from Stila In the Know Eye Shadow Palette and patted it onto the lids. She added a touch of Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum onto the eyes for a more "lived-in look." She finished the makeup by brushing Stila Glamoureyes Mascara onto lashes and brushing it through brows. Soleimani skipped blush and left the skin bare, save for dabbing on foundation and concealer only where needed.
Hairstylist Esther Langham for Beauty.com translated romance with wavy manes, while her more gloomy edge manifested itself in the form of matte texture. To cancel out any shine and create a dryer feel to the hair, she prepped it with Alterna Bamboo Volume 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray. Langham then asked models to flip their hair upside down and roughly dried it. After models flipped their hair back over, she drew a clean center part for structure. Starting at the nape of the neck, she then took large random sections that were sprayed for light hold with Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray, and curled strands with a T3 SinglePass Twirl 1.25" Curling Iron, making sure to wind the front sections back and away from the face. Langham next raked fingers through the hair to break up the curls and create softer waves before setting the look with the softest spritzing of Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist for a slightly mussed-up look. To finish off the matte texture, Langham quickly blasted hair with Altnerna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo.
To match the lips, manicurist Deborah Lippmann lacquered nails with two coats of the aubergine Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Dark Side of the Moon on short and rounded nails, followed by one coat of Deborah Lippmann Flat Top for a matte "dark licorice" finish.
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