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Mercedes-Benz Spring ‘11 Fashion Week NYC: Jill Stuart

Although Jill Stuart's shows usually feature models with flowing, sexy hair, lead stylist for Guido Palau created a loose knot for the Spring 2011 runway presentation. "The clothes have a lot of color and detail, so I wanted to pull the hair into an updo," Guido said. "With this style, the hair is up, but it's still easy. It's a look women will always keep coming back to." Guido rough dried the hair with Redken Thickening Lotion 06, then used his hand to pull it up into a ponytail and knot it into a loose bun. He pinned the bun in place, leaving bits of hair sticking out. "Flyaways soften the look," he said. Guido finished with a light misting of Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Hairspray.

The makeup for the show was designed by Charlotte Tilbury, who was inspired by Stuart's collection. "The clothes have a prim, naughty schoolgirl feel, so I complemented that with a fresh, young face with a quirky tangerine lip for a bit of doll-like edge," she said. Tilbury used rich moisturizer on the cheeks and eyes for a dewy look and applied brown mascara to just the roots of the lashes. She gave brows a slight fill-in when necessary and gelled them into place. The lips were painted a bright tangerine and given a high shine with Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss in Apricot Sorbet.

While backstage at the show, I also got a chance to chat with celebrity colorist Marie Robinson, who prepped five of the models using Clairol Perfect 10. "I showed them how to use color to go from runway to real way," she told me. Robinson said she had started experimenting with home color when the recession hit and she wanted to help her clients extend their time between visits.

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Lori Morris

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