DKNY S/S ’13 Backstage Beauty #NYFW

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dkny spring 2013 beauty

Designer: Donna Karan

Hairstylist: Eugene Souleiman from Wella Professionals

Makeup Artist: Charlotte Willer

The Look:  New York Cool City Girls


“This is an active girl: She does sports in the morning and works and goes out at night, ” said DKNY makeup artist Charlotte Willer. “All of that is in the collection, and we needed something that would pull it all together. It wouldn’t make sense for her to go out with a smoky eye in the morning.” Willer used Maybelline’s BB Cream as their key product. She filled in brows with Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil, used Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched for the lids instead of eyeshadow, neutral lips, and coated lashes with Mega Plush Mascara.



The hair look at the S/S ’13 DKNY was youthful and natural looking but with a definite sense of direction.  “The DKNY S/S ’13 collection was based on the ultimate DKNY girl’s lifestyle, with every aspect of her day catered for, from swimwear to outer-wear, so it stands to reason that the hair reflects this direction.   I wanted to create a hairstyle that gave a sense of unity to the look and give a relaxed, lifestyle feeling. I felt it important to give a sense of life and movement to the hair and play on how the light reflects on textures, so I created a subtle multi textured effect on the hair” said Eugene Souleiman, Global Creative Director, Care & Styling, Wella Professionals.

These subtle different textures were brought to life with a smooth clean fresh finish to the front of the hair which was swept  low from a side parting and was tucked behind the ear, to a more textured ‘Californian sunned’ look to the back and lower part of the hair.  The overall result was of a young, relaxed feeling which was not forced or contrived yet was definitely done with deliberate intention.


Step 1: Start with clean freshly washed and conditioned hair, using Wella Professionals Enrich Shampoo and Conditioner, to ensure hair is in perfect condition.

Step 2: Roughly dry the hair using your hands.  Then create a low side parting and section off the hair from the parting to the crown.

Step 3: Section off hair and blow dry each section perfectly straight using a round brush to create a smooth sleek finish.  Apply tension with the brush at the roots and loosen the tension as you dry to the ends of the hair.

Step 4: Once this section is dry and smooth, sweep the hair down low over the forehead and secure behind the ear with a hair grip.

Step 5: Pull some of the hair forward over the ear to give a less polished feel to the look.

Step 6: Pull the hair on both sides towards the back of the head and twist in to a rope – spray with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray, then  while holding the hair in a tight twisted rope apply heat with a diffuser till the hair is bone dry.

Step 7:For extra effect, pin the rope up until you are ready to reveal the hair. Once the rope of hair is released, the hair will have a natural tousled effect to it.

Step 8: Finally, for added texture, once the hair is loose push the hair upwards against the natural grain around the crown of the head to give a textured fly away feel to the hair.

For more spring hairstyle looks, read our spring fashion and beauty guide here.

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