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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2013 NYC: Chris Benz

When designer Chris Benz told lead hairstylist Nick Irwin, TIGI creative director, his ideas for the hair for his spring 2013 collection, which included references to Japanese school girls, zombies and singer Tiny Tim, Irwin knew he had to get creative. The result was a whimsical pretty but slightly dark hair look that merged a zig-zag parting and crinkly-textured hair with a lone braid on the side and a "Lord of the Rings bun" in the back. To get the look, Irwin prepped the hair with TIGI Curl Collection Curlesque Lightweight Mousse, divided the hair into sections and braided them, leaving 1 inch at the ends out. He then clamped each braid with a flat-iron to create a slept-in effect and pulled out all of the braids, leaving just one in place. Finally, he pulled a back section into a knot and sprayed the style with Catwalk Work It hairspray.

Daniel Martin, key makeup artist for Lancome, also picked up on Benz's cues to create a "wooded nymph" look that featured a wash of pink shadow and blush surrounding the eyes, white eyeliner on the inner corner of the eyes, clear brow gel on the lashes and a sheer coral balm on the lips. Nails were painted with Lancome Beige Dentelle polish.

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Lotus Abrams

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