Cushnie Et Ochs Shows How To Get The Modern Romantic Look

The beauty look at the Cushnie et Ochs fall 2010 fashion show in New York was all about edgy romance — an oxymoron, I know, but actually a fitting description. Nothing about the hair and makeup was perfect. In fact, it was downright disheveled. Yet the chunky tendrils and soft smoky eye still evoked a fairy quality. Find out how you can duplicate this easy and fun look that only requires your fingers as tools, after the jump. Hair stylist Jordan M created a “simple, but weird” half-up-half-down style that included a funky French twist. He wanted to make the models look like hard, modern women. First, the hair was prepped with Bumble & Bumble Styling Creme, which he diffused into the hair using his fingers instead of a brush or comb. Then, Bumble & Bumble Sumowax, a hard wax, was added to to create pieces around the face — which shouldn’t be weighed down with product so there’s no movement. The hair in the middle was then twisted into a sort of upside down French twist and pinned into place. The twist was low on the head to accommodate the hats the models wore; even if you’re not wearing a hat, a low twist keeps the look modern and less prom-y. This look is all about playing with your hair using only your fingers, and since it’s messy on purpose, you can’t go wrong.

To complement the unstructured hair, makeup artist Sarah Tanno produced a tough, elegantly disheveled look that drew attention to the eyes. To start, she tapped MAC loose iridescent eyeshadow in Silver Dusk all over the lid using her finger. Then, a violet pigment was applied to the outer corner. Sarah applied Brown Script eyeshadow along the upper and lower lash line, as a soft, blended eyeliner. Studio Fix Lash dramatically defined the lower and upper lashes. She also dotted a white pigment into the inner corners of the eyes, a trick that’s in every makeup artist’s arsenal. She extended the brow by using a pencil to make the look tougher and sexier — not too arched or perfect. A strong natural brow is appropriate for the average woman.

Sarah combined MAC Strobe Cream with Face and Body Foundation to produce dewy skin. She then applied Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation to contour the cheeks — a shade that’s darker than your skin tone should be applied under your cheekbones. Sarah then patted on, using her finger, a mixture of Silver Dusk with Fix+ under eye.

The lips were left pale so the natural color could come through.

Isn’t it refreshing to find a complete beauty look that only requires your fingers as tools? Is this a look you plan to duplicate?