“There’s a raw boyish feel to the hair,” said stylist Alan While, backstage at Kym Ellery’s well-received show, which was set in the Icebergs restaurant overlooking Bondi Beach.
Perhaps inspired in part by the surfers down below, White texturised models’ hair by working ghd Total Volume Foam from roots to tips (“it’s like salt spray … without the salt”) and then diffuse-drying it. He next fired up a ghd mini iron, and curled random sections, twisting in alternating directions for a haphazard effect. “It’s not meant to look like a hairdresser has touched it,” he laughed. “It’s about texture you can do yourself.” After brushing the waves through, he gathered hair into a low ponytail, and placed a faux fringe up top. “It a slightly different shade to the girls’ hair, to give a disconnected effect,” he said. “And the choppiness of the fringe adds that masculine nod.”
James Molloy, M.A.C’s Director of Makeup Artistry, continued the edgy story. “She’s meant to look like she’s been out all night,” he said. As such, he etched the upper and lower lashlines with two fierce slashes of black liner (“the key to a modern effect is to wing out, not up”) but softened the edges and ends to give a slightly smudged feel. There were, however, no other tell-tale signs of up-all-night up-to-no-good behaviour. Skin was flawless, after having been prepped to plump perfection with a selection of M.A.C skincare (Softening Lotion was a star), while the Concealer Palette sorted out any shadowing and redness. The result: think party girls who order their vodkas mixed with organic goji berry juice.
Makeup artist Michael Brown, working for St Tropez, was also channelling healthy skin; “It’s more about a golden, gleaming look than an overly tanned effect,” he said. After massaging Instant Tan Wash Off Lotion all over – “I use my hands, not a mitt, to warm up the skin and make for a more dewy effect” – he blended Skin Illuminator in Gold along models’ collarbones and shoulder blades to highlights the décolletage, the key erogenous zone amidst the collection of long flowing silhouettes.
Nails, too, played up to the skin theme. “We chose Sand Tropez, a slightly grey-ish nude polish that suits all skins,” said Ali Veras, Essie’s lead manicurist. “It’s a very neutral effect, it’s almost like foundation for the nails.”