Panted hair on muted faces at Altuzarra Spring 2011. Photo: Getty Images


Beauty took a bright turn at Altuzarra, where vibrantly-painted tresses popped the sculpted, monochromatic faces.

MAKEUP: Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Paul Hanlon for Catwalk by TIGI
NAILS: Jan Arnold for CND
SNAPSHOT: Get Glowing Already

THE SCOOP: Altuzarra showed a collection of sleek clothing with an underlying tribal theme in its structure and softness. The hair and makeup played its part by falling in line with the collection's bend, without overpowering the looks.

Panted hair on muted faces at Altuzarra Spring 2011. Photo: Getty Images

"Joseph's show is a tribal theme, but at the same time, I didn't want it to be too literal, so my approach was a techno, severe, chic look," explains Paul Hanlon for Catwalk by TIGI.

Hanlon says he built on the idea of what '70s punks used to do, via backcombing hair, brushing, forwarding, and flat ironing -- with the injection of randomly selected pops of color on just one side of the head. For makeup, Tom Pecheux said he kept the makeup powerful yet minimal, because "It's not a season of being pretty -- it's a season of being strong."

On the runway, he explains, "You can do something extravagant or nothing at all, but you have to create a point of view." His was sculpted, contoured faces, working to create a sleek and matte face. With the nails, Jan Arnold created a "gritty, done, but undone" look in shades of either Rosewater or Buff that ultimately gave a matte effect.

GET THE LOOK - MAKEUP: Do absolutely nothing on the eyes and lips, focusing instead on applying a thin layer of foundation all over the face and a tad on the lips. Add just a touch of the foundation to the eyelids as well to give some contour, with a thin layer of bronzer on the temples, the high cheeks, and the neck to give a slightly beige, muddied look.

GET THE LOOK - HAIR: There's definitely a few steps along the way, but start out by running TIGI Thickening Gel Cream through the hair to give it a uniform look, "resembling fabric," Hanlon explains. Then coat hair with a layer of Sleek Mystique Hair Spray, flatiron to seal in the spray and protect the hair from any permanent staining from the colored gel soon to come. Select any color (he used primarily red, orange, green, and pink) of Kryolan Hair Gel and paint it on from the hairline towards the back of the head.

GET THE LOOK - NAILS: Using CND's Rosewater or Buff (ultra pale pink and white shades) to do a regular manicure, then give it a heatherized look by taking away all the shine via the Super Matte Top Coat.

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