Making of the Collection: Hair & Makeup at NYFW
From the importance of highlighting your assets to how to rock your own sleek ponytail, lead makeup artist Gina Brooks and lead hair stylist Andre Gunn offer up some seriously enlightening beauty tips, and give us the hair and makeup deets behind the bebe Spring/Summer 2013 NYFW presentation. Get ready to take note!
STYLUST: Tell us a little about the beauty direction behind the bebe spring 2013 presentation.
GINA: It’s really more about the clothes than it is the makeup, but we wanted to do something really beautiful and shocking in terms of color, so we just made it more about the lips. It’s a very bright, shocking orange lip. We also wanted clean, beautiful, vibrant-looking skin with a strong brow.
STYLUST: What beauty trends are you most excited about for spring 2013?
GINA: To be honest with you, I really don’t like trends. I prefer to bring out a person’s individuality based on their own bone structure. I think looking like everybody else is quite boring. I think women should really identify their own beauty and find out what they love about themselves…because most women don’t like a lot of things about themselves. They don’t like their eyes, they don’t like their lips, but we all like one thing about ourselves, and if women can focus on that, they can look in the mirror and feel a lot better.
STYLUST: What kinds of tips do you have for real women out there?
GINA: Exactly that. You look in the mirror, and instead of focusing on the things that you dislike about yourself, focus on the feature that you love and then enhance it. So if it’s your lips, you’re going to wear bright, bold colors and make a statement. I used to wear just very clean makeup, sometimes maybe enhance my eyes, but when I had a baby I constantly felt a mess because I didn’t have the luxury of doing my makeup all the time. So I started doing really bright colors on my lips, and I have never gotten more compliments in my life. And it makes you feel good when someone acknowledges the way you look.
STYLUST: What about colors and skin tone? Do you recommend any certain colors for skin tone?
GINA: If you’re looking for foundation, always stay towards yellow foundations instead of reds because the yellow is always going to reduce the redness in the skin, and it’s going to look more natural. Stay away from the pinks.
STYLUST: Tell us a little bit about the direction for the hair.
ANDRE: The direction for today was a strong side part, keeping it feminine but with a bit of a masculine touch. So the texture with the side part is almost glass-like, very shiny in the front, with the duality of the dry texture in the back keeping it springy. I think having the beautiful orange lip accents the shiny hair, keeping the girl more modern.
STYLUST: What kind of woman do you see wearing this look?
ANDRE: She’s fun. She could be going uptown, she could be going downtown. You can’t really tell where she’s going because she looks so chic but a little bit undone at the same time.
STYLUST: How can we get this look at home?
ANDRE: At home I would use a medium to strong-hold gel after you get out of the shower, put a nice strong side part in your hair—whichever side you think makes you look more beautiful—and then from there pull it back into a low ponytail.
STYLUST: Are there any particular hair trends you’re loving for spring 2013? Anything you’re seeing at fashion week or that you’re personally excited about?
ANDRE: I think it’s just about accenting your individuality. Whatever you’ve got, make it look best.