New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson
Charlotte Ronson’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection was as colorful as it was effortless, with the designs drawing inspiration from ’60s-era British mods. The beauty look followed suit, with direct interpretations of the style icons of that period.
Makeup artist Sara Biria had the legendary Twiggy in mind when she created her take on a cat eye. After subtly sculpting eyes with Stila In the Know Eye Shadow Palette, Biria used Givenchy Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil in Black to draw a winged line that extended straight past the outer corners of eyes rather than curving upward. To give the intentionally imperfect strip a glossy finish and lasting wear, she traced over the pencil with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. She then repeatedly brushed through top lashes with Dior DiorShow Mascara in Black for big fringe, while she clumped together the mascara on lower lashes with tweezers to attain Twiggy’s signature look.
After cleaning up under the eyes with a Q-tip soaked in makeup remover, Biria worked on the complexion, keeping skin mostly bare and perfecting it where needed with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. She then used a light Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer to highlight the face and brighten the area around the eyes. She kept lips nude and supple with just a swipe of lip conditioner.
As for hair, it was the muse Jane Birkin whom Rafe Hardy referenced when he created his sideswept low ponytail. He first blow-dried hair to create height. Then he sprayed Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo on roots for grit and backcombed the top with a bristled teasing brush to create a fuller shape at the crown that was between a bump and a bouffant. Hardy next drew a natural-looking side part right at the corner of the hairline and swept the front of the hair over the forehead, before pulling the entire mane together at the nape of the neck. He concealed the ponytail elastic with a strand of hair that he wrapped around the base, and pulled some strands out around the face for a more carefree effect. For the finishing touch, he blasted Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Hairspray and added a black bobby pin at the side.
In keeping with the mod theme, nail artist Miss Pop created a geometric “picture-frame” design. The look appeared to be a square within a square, which she painted in five Color Club color combinations of black and white, granite and dove gray, deepest blue and sand, bright purple and green and dark purple and red. Miss Pop first prepped nails with a base coat and one coat of color. She then painted on the second color, as if the nails were slightly smaller than before. The result was a slender U-shape left around the nail exterior. Using a nail striper in the first shade, Miss Pop next painted the edge of the nails as she would a French tip. She finished the look with a fast-drying top coat.