Backstage Beauty: Anna Sui S/S 2011

17/09/2010 15:34 | Updated 22 May 2015

The look at Anna Sui Spring 2011. Photo: Getty Images

Backstage at the Anna Sui Spring 2011 fashion show at New York Fashion Week, the makeup was light and ethereal, with glitter-dusted lids and centre-parted tumbling locks that were inspired by a 70s country girl.

MAKEUP: Pat McGrath for CoverGirl

HAIR: Garren

SNAPSHOT: 70s hippie meets prairie girl

THE SCOOP: Anna Sui's Spring 2011 collection was 70's boho-chic personified, with soft hair and makeup that added levity to peasant tops, free-flowing long gauzy dresses and crowns of flowers and feathers.

Makeup was inspired by folk singer Joni Mitchell with its aura of organic and "undone" femininity. CoverGirl's NatureLuxe Silk Foundation (launching in January 2011) was used for a creamy complexion, topped by sheer peach cheeks, shimmering silver lids and a slightly bitten wash of translucent colour balm on lips. "Applying the glitter to the inner corner of the eye and across the lid makes it look like she is glowing from within," said McGrath.

Hair took its cue from the late 70s movie Days of Heaven -- a prairie drama -- with its touchable and low-maintenance form. Models were either given a straight or slightly wavy texture, which was parted in the middle and accented by ornate floral, jewel and feather headpieces. "Because the models are wearing headpieces, I'm keeping the style super simple as a base," said Garren.

GET THE LOOK - MAKEUP: All makeup by CoverGirl. Use a creamy liquid foundation with satin finish. Blend a silver theatrical glitter on lids and in towards the inner corners of the eyes, finishing with a couple of coats of mascara. Apply a peach blush on the apples of the cheeks if you're fair-toned, and a berry shade if you're deeper toned. Finish with a sheer tone lip balm for a touch of natural-looking colour.

GET THE LOOK - HAIR: All products by Garren. For the wavy look, work styling cream through strands and braid to set a wave. Once dried, remove the braid and shake out hair for natural texture. For the straight look that some models wore in the show, blow-dry straight, finishing with a flat iron to seal in shine and shape.


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