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Mercedes-Benz Spring ‘11 Fashion Week NYC: Chris Benz

French '60s pop singer France Gall provided the inspiration for the beauty looks at the Chris Benz show. Lead stylist for Redken John Ruidant interpreted that as a girl riding through Paris on the back of a motorcycle. He gave the hair a deep '60s side part, blowdried with Rootful 06, and back-combed the hair in sections for added texture. He then pulled the hair into a low ponytail and twisted it until it twisted around itself, then tucked the end into the ponytail, creating a fun updo that stuck out from the nape of the neck For the face, lead artist for Lancome Daniel Martin played off of Gall's passion for makeup. "She was always doing something fun and different with her makeup," he said. Martin covered the eyelids with white pencil to act as a base and cut down the shimmer of the lavender shadows he used on top. He put several layers of black mascara on the lashes, saying, "The clumpier the better!" The eyes were lined on the bottom with a series of small liquid dots to give the illusion of more lashes and give the eye a gritty, sexy feel. He finished the look wit a creamy nude lipstick

The nails featured a new-for-spring Lancome color called Violet Groove that perfectly complemented the purple eyes.

Clarisonic aesthetician Eileen Harcourt was also on hand to prep the models' skin before they hit the makeup chairs, giving the makeup artists a smooth and clean slate to work with and providing the worn-out models with a bit of a lift. "Models that were 'in the know' came early to the show to experience the soothing sensation of the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System and the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System," said Harcourt, who has been offering the mini-facials at Chris Benz's shows for several seasons. "It offers them a rare chance to relax between and before shows!"

Clarisonic's Eileen Harcourt prepping a model

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