August 31 2014

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An Army Of Sonias Backstage At Sonia Rykiel


At Sonia Rykiel’s Spring show, hairstylist Guido Palau was inspired by “an artsy, Left Bank, Parisian woman.” As he tended to a mass of big, soft, brushed-out curls, it was hard not to notice that that mass bore un uncanny resemblance to Rykiel’s own flame-colored frizz. Prepping hair with Redken Thickening Lotion to create body, Palau left-parted strands and spritzed them with Redken Spray Starch before using a half-inch curling iron to make ringlets all over. Setting the curls for 20 minutes, Palau then finger-brushed his spirals into soft waves using Redken Wool Shake 08 Gel Texturizer to up the volume quotient without adding shine. “If you can be bothered to go through the process, it’s very pretty and wearable,” he said of the thirties-cum-seventies look, a reference that makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury enforced with the makeup. “It’s seventies-inspired but with a modern twist,” the face painter said of the dewy skin and ruddy brown eye she brushed on, smudging earthy shades from MAC Pro’s Creme Eyeshadow Palette with its Eye Kohl Crayon Pencil in Teddy, a bronze color, which she also used to trace the inner rims of both lash lines. “It’s actually a very runway-to-reality look,” she explained, “because we used glowing cream on the cheekbones and a magenta violet pencil on the lips that is very matte. Whether your eyes are blue, green, or brown, it really makes them pop.” If your hair is red, all the better.

Photo: Christophe Ena / AP Photo

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