The Eighties are back with a vengeance for a/w 2018, if the hair and make-up at Tom Ford’s New York show is anything to go by…
Models such as Kaia Gerber, Joan Smalls and Cara Taylor wore wide headbands in both leather and sparkly silver, alongside pinned-up messy, textured hair. For an extra nod to the era, “pieces at the nape of the neck were left unpinned to create a mullet tail that felt nonchalant with a hint of toughness,” says lead hair stylist Orlando Pita.
Unlike its original incarnation, “the new mullet is a style that looks effortless, as if each model pinned her own hair up and left some cascading down the back,” explains Pita.
The trick to getting this nostalgic ‘messy’ up-do/mullet? “Clean hair, and volumising mouse,” adds Pita. That and embracing texture – a trend that’s set to be huge this season – from embracing natural afro-textured hair to curls and waves.
This is one look where straighteners are not necessary – simply allow your hair to dry naturally in order to achieve this cool take on a questionable Eighties throwback.
While on the face, brows were natural and boyish – rounded rather than arched to mirror that effortless cool-girl look Ford does so well. Skin looked ethereal and radiant, no contour and no blush. However, it’s the eyes that took centrestage as Tom Ford Extreme Shadow in TFX10, a carbon hue with a light reflective glitter finish, was used to smoke them to perfection. Artists lined the lid and the outer lash line (avoiding the inner lash line so as not to make eyes appear smaller) with a rich onyx kohl liner and used the carbon shadow with a fluffy brush to create round smokey diffused halos for a soft, fresh and modern take on this Eighties classic. The aim was to create a tomboyish vibe to the make-up, something that doesn’t scream perfection, but rather a little more “street and DIY,” explained the make-up artists backstage.
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