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Mercedes-Benz Spring '11 Fashion Week: Derek Lam

Backstage at Derek Lam at the tents at Lincoln Center, Orlando Pita for T3 was doing blow-outs that featured a "bump" of volume at the back. "It's very '60s inspired but in a more casual, effortless way," he told me. Pita was using T3's new Evolution blow-dryer in addition to Plump, Elevate and Control from the Orlando Pita + T3 product line to achieve the look.

Meanwhile, Tom Pecheux, lead makeup artist for Estee Lauder, told me he was breaking all the rules to create a striking orange-hued eye, quite a departure from the brand's consumer friendly look. "We're being naughty and playing with lipstick," he told me. Pecheux blended an orange liner and two shades of hot orange lipstick and applied the shade to the base of the upper lid to achieve the bold color, then added a white graphic triangle under the eyebrow, finishing with mascara. Lips were nude with a hint of sheen.

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Lotus Abrams

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