“We were working to the brief of Pretty Punk,” said hair stylist and Cloud Nine ambassador Renya Xydis, backstage at the first Fashion Week show for Melbourne label Duvenage. Her interpretation: a messy, mussed-up mane of a ponytail, fronted with a pixie fringe.
To texturise models’ hair, Xydis worked salt spray throughout and then layered in a styling powder; she next styled an abundance of curls using Cloud Nine The Waving Wand. A short, choppy faux fringe was added and, to blend it in, the hair at the crown was pulled over to one side – effectively hiding the base of the bangs – with two bobby pins randomly clipped in to secure.
As for the ponytail, Xydis divided the rest of hair into two tiers, pulling the lower section of hair back into a low and tight ‘tail. “This gives the base for the final style,” she explained, as she draped the top section of hair loosely back to cover the first pony. “If you try to do this look in one go, it will just fall out,” she said. “But with this trick, you can pull out bits of hair and mess things up, knowing that everything underneath will stay put.”
Makeup artist Sarah Tammer, working for M.A.C, chose to go “punk” with the eyes (a slash of M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack along the upper lashline, and mascara-coated strip lashes to create a “spindly, clumpy” feel), and leave the “pretty” to the rest of the face: illuminated skin (Cream Colour Base in Luna was pressed into a creamy base of foundation), apricot-tinged cheeks (Blush in Peaches) and clear, glossy lips.