How to get 4 of the runway's hottest beauty looks

The Globe and Mail

(Lily & Lilac for The Globe and Mail/Lily & Lilac for The Globe and Mail)

This season’s catwalks were rife with dramatic styling, from gold-rimmed eyes to wet-looking locks. Hairstylist Justin German and makeup artist Claudine Baltazar break down four of the most spectacular effects, taking them from outré to accessible.

HIGH-IMPACT HAIR COLOUR

From pretty pink tresses to locks of baby blue, the manes that galloped down many a runway this season appeared to have been inspired by My Little Pony. The trend was at its most extreme at Thakoon, where updos were painted in eighties-evoking rainbow shades. If the look strikes your fancy, you don’t have to dip into dyes to achieve a similar effect: Hair chalks, such as the one used here, can add a colourful kick to hair without the commitment (they wash out immediately). Instead of applying one all over your own mane, though, rub the product into the ends only for a softer interpretation.

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How to get the look

1. Curl hair all over with a wide-barrelled curling iron. Use a hairspray, such as Pantene Classic Unforgettable Hairspray ($6.99), to set hair as you curl.

2. Brush out the hair for a loose-curl look and place a towel around your shoulders. Rub a hair chalk such as Kevin Murphy Color.Bug Hair Shadow ($22 at salons across Canada) just to the ends.

3. Tap out any excess powder on the towel. For even more vibrant colour, spray extra hairspray onto the ends and apply the hair chalk while the spray is still wet.

WET ‘N’ WILD HAIR

Glossy, wavy hair that affects a just-out-of-the-shower look might be the most low-maintenance trend of the season. To use another metaphor, the models at Alexander Wang looked as though they had just sweated it out at the gym, a perfect style choice for the designer’s athletics-inspired spring/summer collection. In reality, the wet look probably works best with short, straight hair (think slick, boyish locks à la 1920s Berlin). With longer hair, opt for a slicked-back upper half that cascades into a dry mane.

How to get the look

1. Start by making a deep side part in the hair, then gel only the upper sides and top using a gel such as Pantene Normal to Thick Smooth Definition Gel ($6.99 at drugstores across Canada).

2. Curl big sections of hair using a wide-barrelled curling iron at the back and the lower sides for loose, messy texture.

3. Finish with a spray such as Pantene Normal to Thick Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($6.99).

GOLDEN EYES

How’s this for rich: Eyes caked with gold leaf – and very little else – glistened on the catwalk at Fendi’s spring 2012 show to stunning, almost scene-stealing effect. While the gilding was liberally applied from lid to brow, you don’t, in real life, need such a heavy hand (or pricey material, for that matter). Instead, go for the gold by applying a light wash of shimmery powder, keeping your visage otherwise understated.

How to get the look

1. Before applying sheer gold shadow tap any excess powder from your brush to avoid it falling onto your cheeks, then brush on by concentrating on your lower lid, starting at the upper lash line.

2. Without picking up more shadow, blend your gold shadow up to your brow bone.

3. If you like, continue under your lower lash line or add depth by using a deeper gold shadow on the outer corners or crease.

SPIKY LASHES

Retro fashion influences, such as peplums and rounded shoulders, abound this season. Enter corresponding beauty trends such as spiky lashes, most famously popularized by Swinging Sixties icon Twiggy and recently revived at Lanvin’s spring/summer 2012 presentation. This time around, the look is more subdued but still dramatic enough for nighttime. For the sake of wearability, though, keep the focus on lashes alone, skipping the shadow used at Lanvin.

How to get the look

1. Curl upper and lower lashes with an eyelash curler, then create a fan of lashes with your first coat of mascara on top lashes.

2. Use a lash comb to separate lashes, then apply another couple of coats to the lashes by really packing product on at the root.

3. Divide the lashes into sections with the tip of your mascara wand, creating delicate spikes. Go slowly, addressing both top and bottom lashes.

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