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Far East Side Girls at Oscar de la Renta - NYFW Fall 2011

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / February 17, 2011

Makeup: Gucci Westman for Revlon

Makeup artist Gucci Westman riffed off Oscar de la Renta's idea of "a Constantinople, Mongolian, Tibetan kind of girl" with her dark brow and flushed cheek look for the show. A blend of two lipstick shades used as blush - Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia and Candy Pink - helped create "skin that you feel that they've been outside, that they've been really cold or really hot," Gucci explained. "There are so many cheeks this season," she said, referencing the similar windblown look she created for Rag & Bone's "urban Eskimos." If you're game to experiment with lipstick as blush at home, Gucci suggests applying it before foundation "because otherwise you'll end up doing it twice, evening out the skin."  

Models' eyes were shaded in a combination of gray and brown with "grease" on top (Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream), while lips were brushed with Gucci's Limited Edition Lip Palette in Bordeaux in the Snow (out this fall). And those brows? Gucci used black greasepaint to go extra bold on the darker-haired girls, and Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown on the fairer blonds.

Hair: Orlando Pita for T3

"Groomed and controlled" but "not too set," is how Orlando Pita described the hairstyle he created for the show. He wanted models to have the polished "Oscar look," but kept the style youthful by center parting hair and tucking it behind the girls' ears (all the better to showcase the furry Russian hats). Stylists started by blowing out each girl's hair, then used a curling iron to create a loose set, which they unleashed right before sending models down the runway.



Photos: Mat Szwajkos for Beauty Blitz (backstage); Wireimage (runway)