“My starting point was the same that Jayson had for the clothes,” said Redken Hair Director Richard Kavanagh. “He was inspired by his trips to Rio, where women are on the beach at midnight, then put a frock on and go out to dinner.”
To achieve a suitably glamorous wet look (without the help of a Brazilian beach), Kavanagh used multiple styling products. He first doused models’ dry hair in thickening spray (Redken Rootful 06 Hair & Root Lifting Volumizing Spray) and then worked volumising mousse (Guts 10) from roots to tips. After running a brush throughout, flipping hair to one side and pulling out a few pieces at the front of hair, he diffuse-dried things into place, before misting on a gloss (Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist) just before models stepped onto the catwalk.
Nicole Thompson, senior artist for M.A.C, also took an imaginary trip to Rio for makeup inspiration. “But I didn’t want a cliché golden bronze look,” she stressed. “I went for shades of chocolate to make it a bit deeper and darker and sexier.” After prepping skin with M.A.C Softening Lotion and concealer where needed, Thompson turned her attention to eyes, using a brush to apply and blend M.A.C Eye Kohl in Costa Riche (a “rich but-not-too-dark brown”) over the lid, through the crease and up towards the brows. “It’s a really creamy pencil so it’s easy to create the shape you need,” she explained, as she winged colour out for a smoky effect. Thompson also took colour below the lower lashline, before intensifying the look by etching Eye Pencil in Coffee on the waterline.
To keep skin looking dewy and humid, Thompson used cream-based products on the cheeks – Lipstick in Costa Chic, a peachy lip colour, to blush the high points, and Cream Colour Base in Tint (“a beautiful latte”) beneath the cheekbones to contour the face … the inspiration was Brazlian beauties, after all. No surprise then that lips were va-voomed with volume: Thompson sculpted the lipline with Lip Pencil in Spice (“I took it to the outer corner of top lips and just underneath the bottom to create a nice fullness”), before slicking them in Lustreglass in Sinnamon, a brown-toned shimmer gloss, which – just before show time – she also coated onto lids, from the lashline right through the brows. “These girls are completely lacquered up,” she laughed.