Greta Constantine Fall 2013 backstage beauty: Warrior-inspired hair and “beautifully unfinished” makeup
“A sense of tribal,” is how Stephen Wong—one half of the Greta Constantine design duo—described the beauty look for the label’s Fall 2013 collection. When presenting the looks last night, models were turned into fierce warriors, goddesses and Amazonians with textured hair, smoky eyes and geometric, neutral nails. “We took our cues from Oribe [Canales], a hairstylist who did all the supermodels in the ’90s,” Wong says. “I remember looking at the shows he’d do and thinking the hair was amazing. It had a sense of tribal, but very cool and modern feel to it.”
Sebastian core stylist Daniel Di Tommaso was the lead for the three different hairstyles, inspired by three variations of tribal. “All three hair looks were tight on the sides but textured on top to blend all the girls together.” First up were the goddesses. Di Tommaso layered multiple products—including Sebastian’s new Shine Crafter Moldable Shine Wax—to make the hair moldable. He then added a long, 30-inch ponytail in the back and braids in the front, while the rest of the style was “just her own hair pulled back into a chignon bun.” he explained. He finished by layering the style with Sebastian’s Thermal Spray, Shine Define and Shaper Hairspray. The second hairstyle was the warrior, where the hair was tied into tiny ponytails to look like a mohawk—using Shine Crafter Moldable Wax to get the hair sleek and tight. With the individual ponytails, knots were made to condense the length and were pinned in. The third hair look was the Amazon goddess who had more texture and dimension. Di Tommaso braided cornrows at the side and brought the hair into a high, tight, sleek bun with the ends left out for added flare.
The past few seasons, a smoky eye has been Greta Constantine’s go-to for makeup. This season, M.A.C Cosmetics senior makeup artist Melissa Gibson was inspired by two ideas: “savage” and “psychological romance.” “I wanted to do something not only tribal but beautifully unfinished,” Gibson said. “It’s like marking your face, but instead you are running your finger across your eye, creating a broken down smoky look.” She achieved this by mixing “Black Black,” “Pure White” and “Marine Ultra” from M.A.C’s professional Chromacake line. Gibson took a fan brush to break up the colour so it didn’t look beautifully blended. To complete the look, she layered Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara.
Nails were kept chic and long, and designed by nail artist Naomi Misu from Tips Nail Bar using M.A.C Cosmetics. Misu used M.A.C polish in “Nocturnelle” and added lines with “Skin” using a detailed brush. “We created this look inspired by pysanka, an Ukranian Easter egg,” Misu says. “It has all the nice details with lines and triangles.”