City Pulse

By Amelia Mularz

Ever since Mara Hoffman’s show on Saturday, we can’t stop singing “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash. It was a North African extravaganza on the runway with clothes inspired by Moroccan rugs, camels in the Egyptian desert and Bedouin jewelry. The hair and makeup were equally desert-fab, with gold-dipped braids and metallic eyelids and nails.

To create his coif, Nick Irwin, the global creative director at Catwalk by Tigi, used the brand’s Fast Fixx Style Prep and Session Series Styling Cream to prep hair before braiding it. After letting it set, he undid the braid and massaged Session Series True Wax through the ends to play up the sultry waves he’d just created. Then, he re-braided only the bottom couple inches and spritzed the hair with Session Series Finishing Spray. Last, he gave the little braid at the bottom the Midas touch by spraying with gold-colored hair spray. The end effect was loose, flowing hair up top that came together into a gilded tip at the bottom.

With such fabulous hair, nude nails would not do. Honey, Maybelline’s resident nail guru, used the brand’s Bold Gold polish to bring that same warmth to the models’ hands. She explained that the color, which dries matte, has a “sexy in the desert” kind of vibe.

For makeup, lead artist Alice Lane, worked the bronzes in Maybelline’s bag of tricks. Fit Me Foundation and Fit Me Concealer created the perfect base, while Face Studio Master Glaze in Warm Nude gave cheeks a bronzy blush. Lane carried that warmth through to the eyes by applying Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Sunset Bronze.

All in all, it was a much-appreciated jaunt off to the desert on such a nippy New York day.

Originally published February 2014
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