The look at Sophie Théallet Spring 2011. Photo: Grace Gold for StyleList

Backstage at the Sophie Théallet Spring 2011 fashion show at New York Fashion Week, a fiery Spanish flamenco dancer vibe took over makeup and hair, with smoked out lids, luscious red lips and slicked-to-the-head towering braid-buns leading the charge.

MAKEUP: Lena Koro for Nars
HAIR: Antoinette Beenders for Aveda
SNAPSHOT: Spanish Flamenco Fashionista

Sophie Théallet's Spring 2011 collection featured classic Mexican influences, from peasant blouses to fully tiered skirts and lace, and the makeup heightened the Latin intensity with a strong face of smoky eyes, red lips and rigidly braided updo's.

Eyes smoldered in shades of black and smoked-out charcoal, while lips were bathed in the same red Vesuvio Pure Matte Lipstick hue that has been featured heavily in the Nars' latest launch campaign. "I kept the skin very matte because it has an old Hollywood feel about it," said Kono.

Hair parted in the center, with a classically lacquered-slick Spanish finish and a braided bun for which Beenders actually built a structural support by slipping hooked bobby into the base. Black ribboned hairbands took on a new evolution. "I'm using them as 'bun bands' by circling them around the base and having my strong Japanese man secure it into position with elastic ties," said Beenders, speaking of her deftly-handed assistant.



GET THE LOOK - MAKEUP: All products by Nars. A new holiday palette called Okinawa was used for the eyes; you can instead blend substitute shades of black, charcoal and silver together on the eye for a luminous look with plenty of depth and contrast. Line eyes with black powder, and then blend gray over it for a smudgy look. Finish with several coats of black mascara, and pop lips with Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio.

GET THE LOOK - HAIR: All products by Aveda. Prep dampened hair with Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother, and use a wide-toothed comb to center part the hair and blow dry it straight. Brush hair back tightly and tie into a high ponytail just below the crown, spraying with Air Control Hair Spray for shine and hold. Braid the ponytail and massage the braid for fabric-like texture, spraying with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray for a stronger hold. Attach a black taffeta headband around the base of the braid and on the crown of the head, and secure with hairpins. Fold the braid in half and loop upward to create a vertical, braided chignon, pinning with bobby pins. Do a final spray-over with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.