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Strong Goddesses at Herve Leger

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / September 15, 2011

All Photos: Mat Szwajkos for Beauty Blitz

It takes a confident woman to wear Herve Leger's practically painted on dresses, so lead makeup artist Lisa Butler's inspiration made perfect sense. To evoke a "strong woman" with a nod to Grecian goddesses, Lisa created a base of flawless skin and kept the rest of the makeup minimal. The strong, straight brows that we've seen show after show this season made another appearance here, but this time they were airbrushed on with Temptu Airpods - as was almost all of the makeup, from the foundation to the champagne gold highlights on cheekbones.

On the eyes, Lisa and her team used Airpod Bronzer in Warm Glow over the lids with Airpod Highlighter in Gold at the tear duct ("it pushes the eye forward," Lisa explained). Airpod Brow applied freehand (sans stencils) gave eyebrows a defined yet diffused shape. Lisa finished the look with Temptu Color Concentrate Lip Color in VIP "for a natural flush" and a light coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes. By the way, Lisa swears that the Temptu setup is simple to use (even for non-pros) because the product comes out ultra fine, but buildable.

For models’ hair, Bumble & bumble editorial stylist Neil Moodie created a triple ponytail inspired by a mishmash of sources: “Art Deco meets Navajo meets Bo Derek meets George Washington meets the Chrysler Building,” he called it. To put it simply, “The hair’s got a real structure to it, a little bit tribal but not too literal.”

Neil created the look by first prepping hair with Bumble & bumble Prep spray and Styling Lotion, then blow drying to achieve a workable texture. He center parted the hair and split it into three sections, then tied one ponytail with elastic at the crown, another in the middle of the head and a third at the nape of the neck. He attached the top ponytail to the others down the middle with elastic, so it all became “one panel of hair.” He finished with Does It All hairspray to tame flyaways and add shine.


“It’s quite wearable,” Neil said. “Maybe you could pare it down a bit and do two ponytails instead of three. It’s a wearable look but it’s something that’s quite striking from a distance as well.” A little like a body con dress, no?