The look at Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011. Photo: Grace Gold for StyleList


Backstage at the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 fashion show at New York Fashion Week, a tropical parade of peaches and upswept ponytails exuded a Hawaiian vacation vibe.

MAKEUP: Lucia Pieroni for MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Paul Hanlon for TIGI
SNAPSHOT: 1940's Miss Hawaii Pageant Queen

THE SCOOP: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti's Spring 2011 collection sailed off shores to a sunny tropical getaway with sun-kissed faces full of peach and bronzer enhancing the bold print clothing, as well as retro-chic ponytails that featured Rita Hayworth-like waves to frame the face.

Photo: Grace Gold for StyleList


"We wanted to create a late 1940's Hawaiian pageant queen look, with tanned and glowing skin and a makeup palette filled with fun and young peach shades," Pieroni told StyleList. Brows were reminiscent of Brooke Shields in their strong and unshaped beauty, and the coral hues were so sheer and breathable, that Pieroni used the same shades on all the models, regardless of skin tone.

Hair took a cue from Rita Hayworth's classic '40's wave, though all strands save for sideswept bangs were pulled back into a low ponytail after being set with retro pin curls. "I didn't want the wave to make the girls look old, so leaving the bangs out gave it just the right touch of glamour, while pulling the hair back into a ponytail kept it young and flirty," said Hanlon.

GET THE LOOK MAKEUP
- All products by MAC Cosmetics. Add a dewy glow to the skin with Mineralize Finish in Dark, and sweep bronzer under cheekbones and finish with Paparazzi peach blush over and above bronzer. Add black mascara, concentrating extra coats on the outter edge of the lash line. Using a lipstick brush, apply Orange Alarm to lips. "It's a super wearable shade for any skin tone, and makes a great summer color," said Pieroni.

GET THE LOOK HAIR
- Blow dry hair smooth with a round brush, and then set in pin curls and allow to set and cool. Then take out pins, brush through hair, and pull back into a low ponytail. Keep a side swept section of bangs out at one side, and rake your fingers through it for a soft touchable wave. Spray with TIGI Sleek Mystique Hair Spray to hold style without crunch and to add shine. "Each model will wear a sun hat with at least one of her outfits, and we're hiding the ribbon of the hat in the hair," said Hanlon.

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