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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013 NYC: Katie Gallagher

At The Standard Hotel in New York City Friday, TIGI Global Creative Director Nick Irwin created druid-like hair for Katie Gallagher’s Narnia-inspired collection that was predominantly black and combined form-fitting and draped pieces. The hairstyle took on a slightly dark attitude yet retained an element of beauty, featuring dual texture that was flat at the top and streamlined back into a rougher texture.

“The hair transitions from greasy to whimsical,” Irwin said, and he relied on Catwalk Session Series True Wax for the hair at the crown and Sleek Mystique Look-Lock Hairspray and Curlesque Lightweight Mousse for a dryer, brittle quality at the back. First, Irwin twisted the hair around his finger, twirled it toward the scalp and pinned it to the head. After a light misting of hairspray, the hair was released from the pins, curled with an iron for an irregular wave, and then brushed through to create frizziness. Irwin took a flat-iron to the top half of the hair, and bobby pins were added underneath the crown to ensure strands remained sleek and pressed to the head; rather than hiding the pins with the hair, they were left exposed to become a main accessory. To finish off the look, hair was backbrushed and a few pieces were pinned at the center of the back of the head. Finally, the bottom was gathered in an elastic.

For makeup, M.A.C artist Romero Jennings aimed for a “winter froze you away” face, creating a white acrylic-looking skin, lining the eyes with a powdery blue and painting the lips nude. The nails were less subtle; lead manicurist for Color Club Simcha Whitehall fashioned a sharp talon, using pointillism and ombré with shades of gray, for an intense nail that emanated a winter night’s snowy sky.

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Kristen Heinzinger

Kristen Heinzinger is the managing editor at American Salon magazine, based in New York City. Born and raised in New York and a graduate of Boston University’s journalism program, Kristen has experience as a copy editor and writer for finance and art publications in NYC. Her combined passion for writing and the beauty industry brought her to American Salon, where she reports on the latest and greatest in hair, skincare, makeup and nails.