hair and makeup carlos miele fall 2011

Hair and makeup at Carlos Miele Fall 2011. Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Backstage at Carlos Miele's Fall 2011 fashion show, dewy skin was touched with nudes and golds in various textures, and hair was pulled up into a smooth and streamlined braided ponytail.

MAKEUP: Gato for Maybelline New York
HAIR: Rodney Cutler for Ulta
SNAPSHOT: Clean Lines and a Golden Glow

THE SCOOP: Carlos Miele's glam collection was full of luxurious textiles including silk, chiffon and fur, in colors like bright cobalt blue, muted loden green and fiery red-orange. There were drapey tops and jumpsuits mixed with fur shrugs and fitted column gowns, and the clean hair and makeup provided the perfect accent.

"Think of a beautiful girl at the best moment of her life," said Gato (yes, one name, à la Madonna or Cher). He perfected the skin with a combo of foundation and concealer and added golden touches to the eyes and cheeks, finished with full eyebrows and creamy nude lips. "I think it's OK to do a bronzed look for fall, since it makes everyone look fresh and beautiful," he said. "I'm glad thick brows are back, and I think they'll stay around for a while."

When Rodney Cutler saw the collection, he knew he wanted the hair to be up, and "not too busy." He created a sleek ponytail placed high on he back of the head, braided it into a thick plait and secured it with a clear elastic. "It's clean and simple, but very structured with a strong silhouette," said Cutler.

Hair and makeup at Carlos Miele Fall 2011

Hair and makeup at Carlos Miele Fall 2011. Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

GET THE LOOK - MAKEUP: All makeup by Maybelline New York. Prep skin with new Fit Me! foundation to even out the complexion, and blend concealer in a C shape (starting on the brow bones, extending out to the temples and back onto the cheekbones) to bring focus to the center of the face. Brush the matte taupe shade from the Expert Wear Eyeshadow palette in Chai Latte into the crease, adding layers to create depth and blending the edges. Use the shimmery tones in the Eye Studio palette in Give Me Gold, concentrating on the inner corners of the eyes and brushed lightly across the entire lid. Several coats of the Falsies mascara in black makes lashes thick, full and long, and a touch of Fit Me! Bronzer in Golden Tan adds warmth to the cheekbones. Color lips with a combo of Color Sensational in Choco Cream and Warm Me Up, followed by Color Sensational Cream Gloss in Golden Powder.

GET THE LOOK - HAIR: Spritz damp hair with Cutler Volumizing Spray, and blow-dry straight. Use a paddle brush to fashion a high ponytail (make sure to keep the hair close to the head, then use fingers to gently rough up the areas at the temples and forehead). Secure with an elastic (Cutler likes the bungee-style ones) and spray generously with Redken Fashion Work hair spray. Wrap a small section of hair around the base, braid the length and secure with another elastic. Add sections of hair extensions, if necessary, to add thickness to the braid.