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April 23 2014

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Tuleh’s Marilyn Moment

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To elaborate on the short-story theme Tuleh designer Bryan Bradley penned for his Spring presentation yesterday, he chose one of history’s more fascinating characters as backstage muse. That would be Marilyn Monroe, albeit a slightly disheveled version of the iconic actress—”Or me, doing a teenager’s take on Marilyn,” explained makeup artist Polly Osmond. That translated to matte skin and layered pink lids courtesy of MAC Eye Shadows in Rosy Outlook and Perky, which were rimmed on top with MAC Fluidline in Dipdown, a chocolate brown gel that looked infinitely more modern than the Some Like It Hot star’s signature black liquid flick. A similarly rosy pout, painted on with MAC’s forthcoming Lipstick in Victorian—a vivid light pink color that’s a softer, more wearable version of cotton candy—kept this Marilyn firmly in the twenty-first century. For better or worse, Osmond can really only do pure perfection, so the disheveled bit came from the hair department, where R-Session Tools’ Kevin Ryan was running the show. Applying generous amounts of Aveda Volumizing Tonic and Pure Abundance Hair Potion on sections before winding them around a one-inch curling iron, Ryan rolled brushed-out, back-combed tresses and pinned them under to create a “beat-up version” of Monroe’s famous bob. “It’s a bit messed up, not too perfect—Marilyn the morning after, though hopefully not her last morning,” Ryan said. More sexy, less tragic in 2010.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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