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April 18 2014

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Natasha Poly Does Pirelli—And Her Own Makeup

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While models spend most of their time being dressed, coiffed, and primped by other people, some girls have strong opinions about their own self-expression. Natasha Poly is one of those girls. The runway regular who recently posed for Mario Sorrenti’s 2012 Pirelli calendar actually unearthed old Helmut Newton tear sheets to give to hairstylist Aleksandra Sasha Nesterchuk as inspiration for the impressive, coiled updo that she sported to last night’s launch party for the high-end photo spread-turned-planner. “She sent me pictures of the dress in advance,” Nesterchuk says of Poly’s collared Tom Ford gown, which immediately got Nesterchuk thinking of something swept up. “For some reason I just thought of this style—it’s nonconventional with the dress and has a little quirk,” she says of the sleek, rolled coronet that stemmed from archival snaps circa the late seventies—and happens to bear a striking resemblance to the slicked-back style Guido Palau helmed backstage at Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring 2011 show. “It’s a little Marc Jacobs, actually,” Nesterchuk suggested, shouting out Kiehl’s Clean Hold Styling Gel, Kérastase Volumactive Mousse, and L’Oréal’s Elnett hair spray as the products responsible for the “not wet but not dry” texture she was after. The final results were all about collaboration, though. “[Natasha] did her own makeup—she loves to do her own makeup,” according to Nesterchuk. That’s one hell of a smoky eye for an amateur face painter. Thoughts on the look?

Photo: Will Ragozzino/BFAnyc.com

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