Being that designer Christopher Bailey chose 60s icon Jean Shrimpton as his muse/inspiration for the Fall 2011 Burberry Prorsum collection, it’s only befitting that the beauty follow suit. Enter Wendy Rowe and Neil Moodie, who were responsible for breathing life into Bailey’s vision for makeup and hair, respectively.
“It’s a modern day version of the sixties feel—not literally, of course,” says Rowe, who coated each model’s skin in Burberry Glow Foundation for an ‘effortless luminous’ look, and swept Light Glow Natural Blush in Earthy faintly across the cheekbones to lightly sculpt the face. Then she dusted Sheer Eyeshadow in Antique Rose and Almond all around the eyes, followed by a few coats of Effortless Mascara in Brown on the corner lashes and underneath the eye. On the lips, Rowe dabbed Lip Mist #02 on with her fingers to enhance the natural rosy tone of their lips.
The key to realizing the 60s look was in the eyebrows. “We’re sculpting the eyebrows and giving them a bit more definition,” adds Rowe. “We’re filling them in with Sheer Eyeshadow in Taupe Brown so that they’re much stronger in shape.”
As for hair, Moodie had this to share: “The Burberry girl is very effortless; it’s always a quick, simple look,” he says. “Her hair must look good, but it should never feel as if it’s been labored over. I want it to feel as natural as possible, almost as if we haven’t been here!”
Moodie started by shampooing each model’s hair, as the bulk of them came from walking in the Christopher Kane show, where the hairstylist used stiff wax to mold their manes. While their tresses were still damp, he inserted a deep ‘natural’ part and misted their hair with Bumble & bumble Prep Spray and Styling Lotion from root-to-ends. Next, the hair was rough-dried with a diffuser ‘so that the natural texture dries in and the hair doesn’t get smoothed out or too slick.’ Finally, Moodie combed through their manes with his fingers, tucked it behind the ears, and neatly tied the hair into a low ponytail that sat well below the nape, right atop of the spine. (Quite intricate instructions for such a simple a style!)