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By Susan Romero

On April 30th, the Design Cares Kaleidoscope of Dreams for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featured a runway fashion show of designer evening gowns that was truly a dreamy evening, starting back stage with the hair and make-up. The inspiration was a step back in time to the glamour of decades past from the 1920s through the 1960s. Channeling the silent film sirens, through the 1960s mod hair, Edward Tricomi, of the Warren-Tricomi Salon, and MAC make-up artists created dark eyed vixens with styles ranging from sculpted hair to sexy long tresses.

Tricomi said that his inspiration came from the classic styles in these decades. One 1920s hairdo was especially intricate with pin curls all around the hairline held in place with bobbi pins and clouds of Warren Tricomi Flexible Hairspray. Another style, designed for the model to wear a big hat, was swept to the side in a ponytail and then the hair was loosely wrapped in a side chignon and pinned. Divine! Tricomi’s stylists also created blonde bombshell hair reminiscent of the peek-a-boo side swept bangs from the 1940s, Veronica Lake style. There was even a Jackie Onassis 1960s style with the top hair pulled back into a tiny ponytail while the rest of the hair fell loosely around the shoulders.

Make-up complemented these classic hairstyles and focused on the eyes. MAC make-up artist, Romero Jennings, said that he was inspired by the silent film era and transformed each model into a smokey-eyed silent film star. He applied MAC Zoom Lash mascara in Zoomblack to the top and bottom lashes, and MAC Pro Fluidline in Blacktrack on the lids. Jennings used a brush to create black smudges on one model’s eyelid and extended the smudged line beyond the outside corner. “It’s almost like a sad eye,” he said.

Other models had the dramatic MAC Pro Pigment in silver smudged on their lids. The rest of the makeup was designed to let the eyes stand out. Jennings applied MAC Sculpt Foundation that he said dries to a matte finish and he kept the face very monochromatic using minimal blush. The final touch, using MAC Pro Lipmix in Burgundy, was lips that Jennings said appeared bitten or stained.

The result on the runway was dramatic and fluid, allowing the real focus to be on the unique designer gowns. All gowns were later auctioned off to benefit the hospital.

To find out how you can help log onto, http://www.stjude.org

Originally published May 2009
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