Milan Fashion Week has come to an end, and as the top Italian design houses like Prada, Giorgio Armani and Gucci unveiled their spring masterpieces, makeup artists and hairstylists were prettying up the models in noteworthy hair and makeup looks.
From eye-popping lip color to hippie strands, and classic-meets-contemporary updos to sculpted, bronzed faces, read on for the most bellissimo trends from Milano.
Statement-making pouts in coral, pink, and red popped up on the faces of models who strutted down the Spring 2011 runways of Fendi, Gucci, and Marni. From matte to glossy finishes, bright lips are clearly a must-have during the warm-weather season. To complement the peasant girl blouses and bottoms at Fendi, Peter Philips amped up the soft and pretty faces with electric pink pouts. Gucci girls vogued in luminous, bronzed skin and orange-red lips perfected by Pat McGrath. And to balance out the geometric eye makeup spotted on Marni models, Tom Pecheux created this shocking shade using Lipmix in Orange Pro.
Natural, long-flowing waves reminiscent of the '60s and the '70s trailed down the Spring 2011 runways of Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci -- adding structure to these simple Woodstock-esque 'dos. Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau was the master behind two of these hair looks. "To complement the easiness on the runway [Ferretti], I created natural bohemian hair, yet still keeping each woman unique by simply enhancing her natural texture." Guido's go-to product: Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel. To recreate the matte waves, place a generous amount of the gel into your hands and work into damp hair, applying it by scrunching it in sections concentrating at the roots. Finger dry hair with a blow dryer, scrunching sections towards the scalp and lightly twist pieces away from the face.
For Cavalli, the Palau created long, stick-straight strands with a center part. "The collection has a 1970s feel to reference Cavalli's start in fashion in 1970, so we came up with a retro style for the hair to complement the sexy, head turning designs and innovative hemlines and fringe, but still making her look modern and cool." Palau started by fashioning a messy center part, wetting hair, and applying Redken Align 12 Protective Straightening Balm before blow drying straight. Flat iron strands and finish with Vinyl Glam 02 for separation and shine.
Hairstylist Lugi Mureno was influenced by Brigitte Bardot and perfected a "desert goddess" look by using John Frieda Volumizing Mousse to create body before curling hair with a 1-inch curling iron.
There are a few hairstyles that will never go out of style, and the chignon is a classic. This ladylike updo was worn by models on the Spring 2011 runways of Versace, Prada, and Jil Sander. Guido Palau added a contemporary touch to this 'do for Versace and Prada by playing with accessories and shape. "Donatella and I discussed this look quite a bit; as typically she loves big, voluminous sexy hair for her show. Through this is departure from that, we wanted to show that hair kept close to the head that draws attention to the face can be just as high glamour as big hair. And the accessories, like the pieces of PVC plastic, can add a bit of fun into such a glamorous, high fashion shape." To nail this look at home, apply Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel in sections through entire head, using a comb to create a smooth texture with no part. Smooth hair all the way back and pull together in a low ponytail secured at the nape of the neck. Take a piece of PVC and secure around the bun with an elastic, allowing the ends of the square piece to "stick out." Set the hairstyle with Glass 01 Smoothing Serum.
Pretty young things at Prada wore lacquered hairdos with that instantly conjured up the Roaring Twenties with a flirty flapper-inspired finger-wave. "The two knots at the back of the head emphasize the playful girl yet the high gloss, shine and finger waves make it glamorous and impactful on the runway," said Palau. Create this look by making a deep side part and applying Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel. Next, create finger waves on the forehead with a tail comb. Divide the back of the head into two sections with a straight middle part and twist each one into a small knot at the base of the head about two to three inches apart, so you can still see a bit of the knots from the front. Secure knots with bobby pins and set the style with Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray for hold and Glass 01 Smoothing Serum for that wet and shiny look.
Golden, bronze skin has become synonymous with warm climates. And on the Spring 2011 runways of Etro, Moschino, and Dolce and Gabbana, cheeks and eyes were sculpted in a radiant new way. To accentuate the hazy, violet lids worn by Etro models, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury dusted MAC White Gold Pro Pigment Powder on top of peach blush to create a sun-kissed glow. Carrying on this color on the sides theme, Moschino girls were upper cheeks were dusted in a rusty-brown shade that accentuated their pouts. Pat McGrath kept skin radiant at Dolce & Gabbana using The Foundation over well-hydrated skin and giving cheeks flush using The Blush in Caramel.