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Backstage At Acne, Visible Roots Make A Statement—And It’s A Good One


With a unique ability to give hair that hard-to-execute edgy-but-chic, done-but-undone quality, Paul Hanlon has become the preferred coiffing star of fashion’s reigning cool kids: Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Giles, and Jonathan Saunders are all card-carrying members of the Hanlon fan club. After a number of high-octane performances over the last week and a half, we may have witnessed Hanlon’s finest work last night at Ance. “It’s that Debbie Harry thing, when she used to bleach her hair but keep it dark underneath,” Hanlon said backstage, where he was adding extensions to models’ hair in shades that contrasted with their natural color. “It’s supposed to look grungy,” he continued, choosing clusters of black, mousy brown, or honeyed red locks, which he prepped with L’Oréal Professionnel Volume Architect Thickening Blow Dry Lotion and its Infinium hair spray for body and texture. To give the whole thing a “dangerous” quality, Hanlon artfully sprayed tinted dry shampoo onto the roots so it appeared as though a good amount of post-dye-job regrowth had taken place, too.

Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni—a frequent Hanlon collaborator and last season’s champion of the full, boyish brow—had busied herself with the task of crafting “bronze-y, ruddy, dusty faces—as though the girls have been hanging out in the Arizona desert.” MAC’s Mineral Powder in Mineral Deep provided Pieroni’s desired shade of “terra-cotta tan,” while its new-for-Spring Metallix Infusion Eyeshadow in Rust was smudged onto eyelids, around the temples, and onto cheeks for a deep-toned shine. To finish off what amounted to a fairly monochrome face—save for bold brows that were filled in with MAC Eyeshadow in Omega, Copperpot, Brun, and Typographic—Pieroni slicked on a rusty nude lip using a blend of MAC lipsticks in Freckletone and Fresh Brew.

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