Tough Girls Wear Floral at Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley’s Spring/Summer collection was filled with colorful, floral pieces. To balance out the femininity and poufy dresses, the hair and makeup went in the opposite direction. “Tough” was one word that Lottie, lead makeup artist from Makeup Forever, used to describe the look. Despite the fact that the girls are wearing these clothes, they’re not to be messed with. While it seemed like the models weren’t wearing a lot of makeup, their faces were full of contoured shadow with the appropriate amount of shading. Lottie began with Makeup Forever’s Invisible Cover Foundation and contoured the cheeks with eye shadow in #76 and #98 (instead of using bronzer or face powder like you’d expect) to give the skin a flawless look. The key to the look however, was to create a shadow beneath the eyebrows. She used eye shadow #17 and #98 depending on the model’s skin tone. Their lips and lids were left bare with just a hint of lip balm.

Shon, the lead hair stylist, thought this girl should have a beautiful wave in her hair, but look natural with a “sweaty” front. He started by curling each model’s hair with a triple barrel curling iron in various sizes. To hold the waves, he combed them through and sprayed with Amika’s 2 in 1 Styling Agent. He then took the hair into sections and used Amika’s Curl Defining Cream to create the “greasy” effect. To soften the look and make it seem natural, he finished by finger combing the hair. Though everyone else at Fashion Week had the sweaty hair naturally, Shon’s tip to remake the hairstyle without looking like a hot mess is to use the Curl Defining Cream starting at the top of the head at the hairline as opposed to the front. The show was beautiful and the hair and makeup added an edge to the zig zag floral prints coming down the runway.