Backstage at Richard Chai Love

Models were given one of four color-infused looks and lived-in hair for the spring show.

Richard Chai - Love RTW Spring 2012

The look was bright backstage at Richard Chai Love, where models were given one of four color-infused looks and lived-in hair. James Kaliardos, for MAC Cosmetics, left skin untouched and brushed eyebrows upward, so that whichever hue — orange, pink, purple or blue — used on lids and lips would “pop. It’s Harajuku girl meets Venice Beach,” said Kaliardos. “It’s bright. It’s fresh.” Kaliardos used either MAC Orange Chroma line or Process Magenta Chroma line on eyes and Hi-Def Cyan Pencil and Paint Stick in High Def Cyan on lips. To create the velvety purple pouts, Kaliardos blended Hi Def Cyan pencil and Violetta lipstick, which left a dewy, pigmented finish. Lashes were left without mascara, and no undereye pencil was used to keep the feeling young and upbeat.

Hair, led by Tippi Shorter for Avon Advance Techniques, was clean but not perfectly styled. “This season’s collection is explosion of texture and color, and the hair matches that feeling,” said Shorter. Shorter started by smoothing Avon Advance Techniques 3D Rescue throughout dry hair to repair damage and seal ends. After parting hair deeply on the side, Shorter swept strands back into a low ponytail, which she secured with a small bungee cord. “The ponytail is disheveled and lived-in at the top, with a sleek, shiny bottom half,” said Shorter, who used Volumizing Spray Gel and a melon-sized balloon to “rough up” the look. “We wanted the front to look very piecey, very imperfect,” said Shorter.