Monday, March 30, 2015

Daily delight: Karlie Kloss for Porter magazine


All about: Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20


Skin sensitivity is unfortunately constantly on the rise these days, with more people than ever before seeking advice to help alleviate sensitive or sensitised skin. A brand that has long been dedicated to helping with both of the aforementioned skin issues is Dermalogica, whose Barrier Repair I have kept on hand for years for when my own sensitivity kicks in. It was a godsend when I was a regular early morning boot camper in the depths of winter, and is also a ‘must pack’ item for travel.
So with all this in mind, I was pretty excited to hear about the release of Dermalogica’s latest solution for sensitive types, Redness Relief Primer SPF20. Part of the brand’s UltraCalmingTM line, it is a brand new primer that comes with a sheer green tint, sun protection and soothing skin treatment all in one.
Perfect for under makeup or by itself, it calms irritation, protects skin from UVA/UVB exposure (which can further aggravate sensitisation,) and gives a redness-neutralising finish for an even skin tone. It also helps with longer makeup wear, which is a bonus for sure!
The always-amazing-to-listen-to Caroline Parker, Head of Education for Dermalogica New Zealand says “there are two primary contributors to common skin redness, immunogenic inflammation is where the immune system launches a cascade of inflammation and involves the activation of white blood cells, and neurogenic inflammation is triggered by the nervous system. In both cases, the person experiences pain, redness, itching, swelling and heat associated with inflammation”.
Our skin is designed to respond to trauma or bacterial invasion by initiating an inflammatory response, and it’s this acute response that allows the skin to heal and repair itself. When the assault on the skin is persistent or repeated however, “the inflammation becomes chronic and the effect on the skin is devastating – including the loss of skin strength and support. The term currently used to describe this destructive process is inflammageing.”
The brand’s new Redness Relief Primer SPF20 also addresses redness in both the short and long-term, with natural botanical extracts giving the sheer green tint to camouflage the redness, while a silicone base provides a matte, velvety feel that protects the integrity of the skin’s essential lipid barrier from further aggravation. The product’s SPF20 provides essential daily defense against sun exposure to prevent further skin inflammation and sensitivity.  Natural botanical extracts of Yeast, Oat and Oat Kernel Oil have an immediate calming effect on the skin, which could be irritated by over processing, dehydration resulting from extremely low pH (2.5-3.5) or high pH (above 8) caused by soap-and-water cleansing, strong AHA products, allergens such as pollen and artificial fragrances, contact with environmental irritants, sun exposure, stress or other sources of inflammation.
Pretty amazing huh? And the perfect addition to your skincare arsenal now that the temperature is all over the show and cooler mornings are creeping in. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hair how to: Christian Dior F/W 15, hair by Guido for Redken




Christian Dior never disappoints, and each collection comes surrounded by key elements that enhance its beauty and help take things to that all important next level.
To complement Christian Dior’s Fall/Winter 2015 Collection, Redken Global Creative Director  - and long time collaborator - Guido created a sophisticated, sci-fi-inspired side ponytail for the runway show in Paris. Insanely wearable yet totally luxe for a night out, Guido used Redken’s Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion to achieve a super smooth blow dry, and then created a deep side part before gathering hair into a low side pony. He finished the asymmetrical style with a mist of Redken’s Fashion Work 12 versatile working spray for a clean, modern look.
“I created this very long, asymmetrical side ponytail at Christian Dior this season, but it’s not your standard, fun, side pony,” he said. “There’s something sinister and almost strange about it. It’s sophisticated, but very sci-fi and has somewhat of a child-like quality. First, I prepped and blow dried the hair with Redken’s Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion, so it’s super straight and smooth. Then, I created a deep, exaggerated side part and gathered the hair into this smooth, low side ponytail, getting a clean finish with Redken’s Fashion Work 12 hairspray. It has a strange sense to it because it’s so asymmetrical and has such extreme length. It’s really a continuation of the woman we’ve been seeing this season, who is more done with a very modern, futuristic feeling.”
To re-create the look yourself:
1. After shampooing, apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Extreme Length Primer to wet hair and rinse out
2. Brush Redken Extreme Length Sealer on damp hair from mid-lengths to ends
3. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer all over damp hair
4. Apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends
5. Use a comb to create a deep side part and blow dry smooth using a round brush
6. Gather hair into a low side ponytail, ensuring the sides are super smooth, and secure with an elastic
7. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic to hide it
8. Spray Redken Fashion Work 12 versatile working spray all over to get a smooth, clean finish
 Photos by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken

Daily delight: Megan Fox for Belport



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

All about: the Inhibitif collection, available at Caci


There are many things to love about my French-Croatian heritage – the ability to tan quickly with very little sun, my love of great food and wine, my surprisingly resilient, thick hair… but one of the things I don’t appreciate is closely related to the latter, in that I have to shave my legs on a more than regular basis.
Removing hair is a pain, and when you have to shave your legs and under your arms every couple of days then it’s also a major time waster, especially in high summer when pants just aren’t an option.
Consequently, I was very excited about the it less often with Inhibitif, the revolutionary new range of hair inhibiting products arriving in New Zealand this month. Developed in the UK, it targets the hair follicle to slow down the growth of unwanted hair, significantly reducing the need for hair removal over time. Unlike other treatments that use just one technology to target hair growth, Inhibitif uses several proven active technologies combined in a penetration-enhancing base made of Natural Maize Propanediol and aloe.
The main ingredients of the spray are a chemical called lauryl isoquinolinium bromide, which weakens the hair as it begins to grow, and another called dihydromycerin, which targets the signals that tell each hair to enter its growth phase.
Better yet, there are also chemicals in the formula to protect the skin tissue around the follicles, as well as the aforementioned maize extract and aloe, which help the formula sink into the hair roots, leaving legs soft.
It sounds like a lot of powerful chemicals to be throwing at our skin, but Brandon Trueaxe, the founder of the company behind the Inhibitif brand, has said it's nothing to be worried about. "People may be scared of these long names, but all these ingredients are actually widely used, safe chemicals," he says, and most of them come from a natural base.
The range is available exclusively at Caci clinics in New Zealand, with the beauty brand kicking off with three of their bestsellers. The first is Inhibitif Advanced Hair Free Body Serum (RRP $59.99), a formula suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types that is most effective when evenly applied to shaved or waxed body areas twice daily for two months.
Inhibitif Advanced Hair Free Face Serum (RRP $34.99) works to diminish the look and density of facial hair, revealing smoother skin in as little as two weeks., whilst Inhibitif Hair Free Intimate Care (RRP $32.99) was designed to visibly minimise hair growth in just two weeks as well as target ingrown hairs, reduce irritation and deeply hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid.




Friday, March 20, 2015

Daily delight: Crystal Renn for Manifesto magazine



Beauty news: Kryolan officially arrives in New Zealand


In news that is going to make beauty professionals working in the film and fashion industries, drag queens and makeup fans verrrry, very happy people, it has been announced that Kryolan, the world’s number one professional make-up brand, has announced its ‘official arrival’ into New Zealand. 
Headquartered in Berlin, Kryolan has become the go-to professional make-up brand for the world’s film, theatre and television industries for years, and is often the secret weapon of many a beauty freak outside the industry too. 
Late last year, the pioneering make-up brand opened the doors to Kryolan City, its debut standalone store at 222 Broadway, Newmarket. Kryolan also operates a full e-commerce shop for New Zealand, nz.kryolan.com/products
“Kryolan is the number one choice for make-up artists and we pride ourselves on being a global brand delivering state-of-the-art products and experiences worldwide,” said Wolfram Langer, CEO of Kryolan. “Our arrival in New Zealand marks a truly special day in our history. Kryolan City is the perfect canvas to showcase our collections – light, bright and clean – and we’re thrilled to now have a place to call our own in the metropolis of Auckland.” 
Kryolan has over 750 colour intense shades in more than 16,000 high quality make-up products and accessories including high definition make-up for television, film and theatre, cosmetic make-up for the eyes, lips and face, and accessories and equipment.
The 70-year-old family-owned company prides itself on its scientific origins. The Kryolan headquarters in Germany focuses on researching and developing new products using unique raw materials, and the brand is currently used in more than 80 countries in every continent worldwide.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Love it: Weleda’s Evening Primrose Body Care range

I have been travelling a LOT of late (I know, what is she complaining about?) and one of the few downsides is the effect it has had on my skin. I’ve been packing the big guns whenever I leave the country however, and using some great products in my down time when I’m home that I have minimalised the damage significantly.
Two of those goodies make up two thirds of Weleda’s new Evening Primrose Body Care range, which is designed with mature skin in mind and packed with skin revitalising Evening Primrose oil to improve the skin’s natural barrier and protect against moisture loss.  It also helps to increase cell regeneration and leave skin feeling great, and the difference it has made in particularly dry areas like my elbows and heels has been significant.
The two products that I have been using regularly thus far are the Evening Primrose Revitalising Body Wash and Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Body Lotion, which are both amazing, The creamy body wash gently cleanses the skin with the active ingredient fermented coconut, and leaves it replenished with the inclusion of essential fatty acid rich evening primrose oil, which stimulates the skin's natural defences and protects it from dryness and damage. The body lotion firms and strengthens the skin as Omega 6 fatty acid rich evening primrose oil boosts the skin's metabolism. Powerful anti-oxidants in the wheat germ oil extract absorb into the skin to give it the most plump and gorgeous feel to boot.
Last in the range is the Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Oil, which I am all set to use now Autumn is most definitely settling in. A decadent body oil, it revitalises the skin whilst the nourishing goodness of evening primrose and cell-regenerating inca nut oil intensely hydrate dry, mature skin. Magic!
Last up I have to mention the heavenly fragrance, Created by Weleda's perfumers, which is “based on a natural interpretation of the fresh floral, subtle scent of blooming evening primrose flowers”. There are notes of magnolia, fresh cardamom and the soft, balsamic woody notes of sandalwood for something truly special. High recommended!

Daily delight: Suki Waterhouse for GQ magazine



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hair how to: Hermes F/W 2015, by Guido for Redken





For someone who rarely wears their hair up, I am all about the updo of late. I really need to take the time to perfect my technique and rock some of the amazing styles that I keep preaching about.
The latest is the look that Redken Global Creative Director Guido created at Hermes’s Fall/Winter 2015 runway show in Paris, which was an understated, elegant updo to enhance the richness and luxury on the runway.
Before twisting the hair into an easy French twist, Guido achieved a silky smooth blow out using Redken’s Satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion, and then applied Redken’s Move Ability 05 lightweight defining cream-paste for added texture. He finished the look with a mist of Redken’s Shine Flash 02 to play up the hair’s natural shine.
“The Hermes woman is always very luxurious and rich,” he said of the show. “She has this timeless, classic elegance that’s sort of reinvented or modernised each season. For this show, I created an easy, but very chic and sophisticated French twist that a real woman could wear. I used Redken’s Satinwear 02 to get a super smooth, silky blowout, and then took sections of hair and created pin curls to add some body and movement. Then, I worked a Redken’s Move Ability 05 into the hair to give it some toughness and texture before I raked it back into a simple French twist. To add just a touch of modernity, I finished the style with a spray of Redken’s Shine Flash 02, which gives it that beautiful, natural shine.”
To re-create the look at home:
1. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry express primer all over damp hair and comb through
2. Apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends
3. Section by section, blow dry hair using a large, round, natural bristle brush, and pin curl each section of hair after drying
4. Take out the pin curls once they have cooled and brush back, away from the face with a flat brush so there is not a part
5. Emulsify a quarter-size amount of Redken Move Ability 05 lightweight defining cream-paste in hands and rake through the hair to add shine and toughness
6. Gather hair into a French twist and secure with U-pins
7. Finish by misting Redken Shine Flash 02 all over hair for added shine


Photos by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken

Friday, March 13, 2015

Beauty news: Jerry Hall for L’Oréal Professionnel



With her luscious blonde hair, megawatt smile and legs that really do go on forever, Texan supermodel Jerry Hall (above, bottom), 58, is a true beauty icon. With an IQ of 146 she is also a serious brain, and one of the sassiest and most enduring beauties of the past thirty or so years.
This year, Hall has shockingly said goodbye to her signature long locks, showcasing the cut of the season - the Golden Lob - in L’Oréal Professionnel’s latest It Looks AW 2015 trend collection. Does it work? With that bone structure it most certainly does, perhaps even looking better than it did when she rocked her hair waist length.
This season’s It Looks collection sees international fashion and beauty stars channel three essential looks, with Hall staying on-point with her golden lob, Helena Bordon (also above, top) rocking breezy waves and ash blonde tones while Loan Chabanol showcases a hot new take on the pixie cut.
“The Golden Lob was the perfect way [for Hall] to update her iconic long hair – the new look is so chic and yet playful like Jerry Hall herself,” says studio hair stylist of the collection, Seb Bascle.
The lob has looked effortlessly fresh and cool when spotted on the autumn winter 2014-15 runways of the likes of Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford.
Tousled waves and bangs were a favourite this European runway season. Brazilian beauty and It Girl Helena Bordon keeps the look fresh for the new season colour collections, sporting a statement fringe, breezy waves and sophisticated ash blonde tones.
French model and actress, Loan Chabanol rocks a new take on the pixie cut and completed her stunning new It Look with a bold copper hue. This season sees the natural evolution of a shorter, sharper pixie cut in to a longer, softer version that enhances bone structure and features.
The key looks reflect the Parisian heritage of L’Oréal Professionnel, showcasing the world famous

fashion colour house’s latest statement as a constant trendsetter in the industry.

Daily delight: Rihanna for Harper’s Bazaar China



Thursday, March 12, 2015

What a steal: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water


Models swear by them, every make-up artist I know has one in his or her kit and with their no-rinse, three-in-one formulas they're perfect for travelling and late nights. What are they? Micellar waters, and I for one have been a looooong time fan.
Micellar waters first gained momentum in Paris, whose skin-conscious inhabitants welcomed the opportunity to swerve the bad effects that the city's famously hard water had on their skin. I have always picked a couple of bottles up when I visit family in France, and love the way they work. Designed to be swept away with a cotton pad rather than rinsed off, micellar waters use tiny micelle particles to draw make-up (including waterproof mascara), sebum and impurities from the skin. Depending upon how much make-up you wear you may prefer to remove eye make-up separately, but since micellar waters are free of soap and alcohol they are a way more gentle alternative to harsh face wipes, making them perfect for when you're in a rush or on the go.
This month skincare giant Garnier launched their own version of the new generation 3-in-1 cleanser onto the local market and by all accounts it’s going great guns.
I am definitely not the only one who loves how Micellar Cleansing Water works, capturing impurities like a magnet and trapping them within the Micelles, which are then carried off by the Micellar water and are effectively eliminated without the need for rubbing or rinsing. They are also ‘multi-zone’ products as they remove make-up from the face, eyes and lips and don’t require water, so great for travel and at the gym et al.
And as for the ‘steal’ part? Well for just $12.99 you can get an incredibly generous 400ml size Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for your bathroom cabinet - equivalent to 200 applications! So what are you waiting for? Get on the micellar train now.

Daily delight: Olivia Palermo for Emirates Woman



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Love it: YSL Beauté's new Volupté Tint-In-Oil


I go pretty much crazy for everything Yves Saint Laurent and YSL Beauté, and the latest release from the latter is absolutely flawless as well as a brand new beauty innovation.
The first of its kind in the beauty world as far as I can tell, Volupté Tint-In-Oil is a unique new lip oil (you read that right, a lip oil) that is infused with tint that provides all the nourishing benefits of a balm, but with the beautifying effects of colour. Magic!
Available right now in eight jaw droppingly flattering shades, they come houses in sleek chrome tubes belted with the YSL ‘Cassandre’ logo, the band helpfully displaying the colour of each individual shade. The contents are kept hidden away from light in order to preserve their integrity, and the pigment is pretty much as true as it gets.
The ‘bouche à bouche’ diamond-shaped and angled applicator has an incrdeibly soft feel and wee reservoir at the centre, designed to ensure that a perfect hit of product swipes on in one simple step. It’s so easy to apply that you almost don’t need a mirror, it’s almost intuitive and just plain perfect.
So what is with the oil then? Although oil and tint naturally repel each other, the clever people at YSL Beauté have made opposites attract – compelling these two ingredients to work effectively as one. Colour Link Infusre is an ultra-stabilizing technology developed by YSL Beauté for its ability to disperse and homogeneously solubilise colour particles in oil to create a hybrid formula. The colour pigments are then captured within the oils to dispense an ever-evolving burst of colour. The oils slowly disappear but the pop of colour stays true.
Apricot Kernel Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Coriander Fruit Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Passion Flower Oil are all included in the paraben-free formula, with the latter in particular well documented as having invaluable nutritive properties. Historically cultivated in the Majorelle Garden in Morocco (a place so dear to Yves Saint Laurent’s heart and one of his prime sources of inspiration), this flower blooms only in daylight and fades by nightfall, waiting for the energizing light of the sun to come again.
Last up, I love the fact that the colour really comes to life on contact with the lips and then proceeds to interact with your own lip tone over time – you get almost your own bespoke colour and a glowing one at that.
Apply a thin coat for naturally glowing lips and two for maximum impact and an intense high-shine impact.




Daily delight: Irina Shayk for Harper’s Bazaar China


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Giveaway: Enzymedica’s Enzyme Nutrition Two Daily Multi-Vitamin

This is the time of year when colds and sniffles start creeping in - the temperature is all up the yin-yang and it can be difficult to work out whether you're hot or cold, work stresses are in full swing and the humid summer has been breeding bugs like nobodies business. It's when you want to get started on a serious multivitamin to give your body as much support as it can get, and I've just heard about a new one that sounds exactly what the doctor ordered.
With so many options available, choosing a multivitamin that’s ‘right’ for you can be a difficult choice. New Zealand Naturopath and Technical Adviser for Natural Meds, Michelè Wilton, says: “It’s very unlikely people are receiving everything they need from the foods they consume, unless they eat organically-grown fruit and vegetables and other food groups daily that provide a baseline of the vitamins and minerals our bodies require." 
As the market leader in producing cutting-edge enzyme formulas, Enzymedica’s Enzyme Nutrition™ Two Daily Multi-Vitamin is a comprehensive multivitamin that offers high potency enzymes and probiotics alongside compound-rich botanicals with nutrient-dense whole foods – making it one of the best multis on the market.
Lucky for you I have some to giveaway, so drop me a line on helene@mshelene.com with your name and physical address before this Friday, March 13 at 5pm and you're in the draw!

Daily delight: Salma Hayek for The Edit



Monday, March 9, 2015

Hair how to: Dolce & Gabbana FW15, by Guido for Redken




One of the most popular catwalk shows – and collections – of the Fall Winter 2015 season has been the ode to women gleefully unleashed by Dolce & Gabbana, with accompanying hair by Guido, Redken Global Creative Director.
Dolce & Gabbana’s beautiful show celebrated mothers and la famiglia with a genuine and beautiful look from head to toe. To enhance the story, Redken Global Creative Director Guido created a feminine, loose chignon adorned with highly covetable brooches, pearls and jewels that might have been found in a mother’s jewellery box in the ‘50s. Using Redken’s Signature Look Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray to add airy, light texture, Guido achieved a pretty, but easy style that’s ideal for the everyday woman.
“There’s always something about this feminine, beautiful Dolce & Gabbana woman that is timeless,” said Palau, “and every season, we just reinvent the look in small ways. The whole show was about mothers, so the idea for the hair is this woman getting out of bed and just pinning her hair up in an easy, feminine and beautiful way. The boys wanted a very clean, easy and pretty look, with little bits sticking out, so I created this kind of messy chignon, using pins to hold it in place and drop it over the ears a bit to add some femininity. My main product was Redken’s Signature Look Wind Blown 05, which I used to get that soft, airy texture, but the real star of the look is the jewellery in the hair. It’s a look that a busy mother can easily do in the morning – it’s not perfect and the accessories aren’t perfect, but that’s what gives the look its charm.”
To do just that:
1. Apply a quarter-size amount of Redken Guts 10 volumising spray-foam mousse to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends
2. Use fingers to create a messy natural part
3. Rough blow dry hair until it is 90% dry, letting it fully dry naturally
4. Thoroughly mist Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray all over dry hair to add some texture
5. Emulsify a nickel-size amount of Redken Braid Aid 3 (not available until June in NZ) braid defining lotion in hands, and apply to dry hair from mid-lengths to ends for added grip
6. Twist hair back into a loose, messy chignon that hangs over the ears, and secure with small U-shaped pins
7. Spray Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray all over for airy texture
8. Finish the look by adding accessories or jewelry of choice
Photos by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken

Daily delight: Vanessa Paradis for Chanel


Friday, March 6, 2015

Love it: MAC X Julia Petit


I love a great MAC Cosmetics collaboration. Whether they’re teaming up with Brooke Shields, The Toledos or Rihanna, the brand knows how to not only let the individuality of their collaborator shine through, but to also still ensure that the integrity and performance of their products is absolutely perfect.
When I heard that Brazilian bombshell blogger and TV personality Julia Petit was next in line for a collab I was pretty excited, her style is pretty damn unique and her knowledge of beauty products vast. When some samples of the products in the collection arrived on my desk I was definitely not disappointed, and I have been wearing one of them every day – without fail – since! (It's the MAC Julia Petit Moving Sand Eyeshadow above, just FYI)
The collection was inspired by her hometown of Sao Paulo but Petit took her years of knowledge working online in the beauty industry to ensure that these products would benefit girls around the world. She started by focussing her attentions on a Brazilian flower named Victoria Regia (a little like a lotus) that grows successfully in very humid weather. Having that in mind, she said that she wanted to “make a collection that works well in the different climates and with the many ethnicities we have in Brazil. Also I wanted to create a set of products that could have their texture transformed – you can transform how much you want your skin to glow or shadows (contouring) when you’re doing your makeup with the collection’s illuminator or using one of the bright colour foundations”.
The collection is small but perfectly formed, and brings together fearless, exotic, and classically demure shades of colour that are all versatile, wearable and just plain gorgeous. Julia Petit’s approach on style and makeup artistry is reflected in a makeup collection popping with sun-kissed hues that reflect this Brazilian blogger’s personality.
Arriving in store on March 19, the full lineup is:
MAC Julia Petit Lipstick:
Boca soft pink nude (satin)
Petite Red strawberry cream (satin)
Açai vivid deep violet (matte)
MAC Julia Petit Lipglass: Purpurine sheer peach shimmer with pink and gold pearl
MAC Julia Petit Liquidlast Liner: Wet Road
MAC Julia Petit Morganite Eyeshadow: Sunstoned soft pink champagne (lustre) and Choco Cake dark chocolate (matte)
MAC Julia Petit Sagu Eyeshadow: Druzy dirty mauve purple (lustre) and Black Plum deep blackened plum
MAC Julia Petit Moving Sand Eyeshadow: Mumu soft nude brown (matte) and Noite black with pearl (lustre)
MAC Julia Petit Lustre Drops: Pink Rebel
MAC Julia Petit Prep + Prime Powder Transparent Finishing Powder
MAC Julia Petit Powder Blush: Linda, a soft pink bronze

Get ready to unleash your inner Brazilian bombshell now!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hair how to: Prada FW15 by Guido for Redken




“Insanely pretty” is the only way I can think of to describe the hair look that Redken Global Creative Director Guido created for the Prada Fall/Winter 15 collection at Milan Fashion Week, it really was a dream. It’s also a look that I can see being rocked more than regularly by long haired girls who like a little glam, and the accessories that sealed the deal were just perfection.
Putting a twist on the classic Prada look, Guido created a young, sophisticated updo adorned with beautiful jewelled barrettes for the runway show in Milan, and each and every model looked more than happy to be wearing it. Recreating the look from Prada’s Men’s show, Guido used Redken’s Stay High 18 High-Hold Gel To Mousse (not available until June in New Zealand) and Redken Fashion Work 12 versatile working spray to pull the hair into a high, tight updo. Then, he hand-placed Prada’s bejewelled barrettes on each model for the perfect finishing touch.
“The look at Prada this season is really a redux of the hair that I created at the Men’s show, but this version is a little bit cleaner and very young, but in a sophisticated way,” said the stylist. He said – not unexpectedly – that there’s always an “off-ness to the classic beauty of Prada, and that’s the feeling that we achieved with this style. It has a slightly 50’s or 60’s kind of feeling, which is always Prada-like, but it’s still very modern and sort of futuristic”.
He used Redken’s Stay High 18 High-Hold Gel To Mousse, “which is a very strong gel to mousse formula, to blow dry the hair up against the roots to pull it into this very high ponytail in the middle of the head. Then, I covered the elastic securing the ponytail with a piece of hair, and flipped the hair over into this little updo, holding it in place with the jewelled barrettes. I finished the style with Redken’s Fashion Work 12 hairspray to clean the hair up and hold the style in place. The loose ends of the ponytail give you that feeling of youngness and easiness, which adds to the modernity of the look.”
To re-create the look at home:
1. Apply a quarter-size amount Redken Stay High 18 High-Hold Gel To Mousse to damp hair and blow dry flat against the head and away from the face
2. Gather hair into a very high, tight ponytail in the middle of the head and secure with an elastic
3. Hide the elastic by wrapping a small section of hair from the ponytail around the band, securing with a small U-shaped pin
4. Section by section, backcomb the ponytail near the elastic to create volume
5. Flip the length of the ponytail to one side and secure with closed fasteners (i.e., bobby pins) and a decorative barrette
6. Finish with a thorough spray of Redken Fashion Work 12 versatile working spray to hold the style and clean up any flyaways

Photos by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken

Daily delight: Michelle Williams for Elle UK