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Mercedes-Benz Spring ’12 Fashion Week NYC: Tadashi Shoji

For Tadashi Shoji's tulip-inspired spring 2012 show, lead hairstylist Rodney Cutler created a half-up style that was "a little bohemian and very sophisticated." As such, Cutler sought to take an evening approach to a classic beachy, hippie look. After creating curls with the T3 Twirl, Cutler created delicate fishtail braids on each side of the head and attached them with bobby pins in the back. "I originally tried regular braids, but they looked too soft for what I wanted to achieve," Cutler explained. "The fishtails created the illusion of more of an accessory than a hairstyle." Models with short or fine hair were given volume with tape-in Easy Lengths extensions.

Key artist Luc Bouchard for M.A.C gave the models a naturally flushed look by applying pale pink shades to the brow bone and the cheeks. Bouchard created a bright-eyed appearance by putting highlighter on models' eyelids and added a hint of dewy color to the lips with a light red gloss. "There's a certain glow that results from these colors," he said. "They kick a natural look up a notch."

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