Alexander Wang Spring 2013: Clean and Simple

Alexander Wang Spring 2013I’ve decided to cover a few of my favorite looks from the Spring 2013 runways of NYFW! Today, I just couldn’t resist the fresh and clean look featured at Alexander Wang. The makeup is just enough to look like you, but better. The hair (minus that strange stripe thing), is fast and easy, super simple.

The makeup look was created by Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics. “It’s a minimal look that we achieved using skincare and complexion products,” said Kendal. “Because the collection boasts minimal tones, we did the same thing for the makeup and focused on flawless, matte skin. For the models wearing the amazing glow in the dark looks, we gave them a more luminous face, with powder applied to the high points of the cheek.”

NARS sent out a complete list of the products that they used. As usual, a few of the products are new for the time around the fashions, so while you won’t be able to get some of the actual items until the spring, NARS did recommend what to use for a similar effect right now.

First, skin was prepped with NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate. To create a perfect, glowing complexion Sheer Glow Foundation was used with Radiant Creamy Concealer (New for Spring 2013, for a similar effect, try Concealer). It was set with Light Reflecting Setting Loose Powder (again, new for Spring 2013. For a similar effect, try Loose Powder). Cheeks were given a natural flush with Zen Blush and Albatross Highlighting Blush was used on select models depending on which looks they wore.

Eyes were kept very simple with a little Cayenne Eyeshadow in the contour, Pandora Duo Eyeshadow (NARS didn’t state how, I believe it was likely the white that was used in highlighting areas of the eye), and the eye itself was finished off with Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. Brows were left natural looking and Blondie or Bali Eyeshadow was used to lightly fill in.

Finally, lips were kept natural with a bit of foundation on them.

Doesn’t spring just scream “wear a ponytail”?? Redken Creative Consultant Guido created one for this show. “I’m always challenging myself to update classics, and the look at Alexander Wang today is a ponytail with a different point of view. Alex wanted a small head this season, so this started as a low pony kept close to the head. But I then added a strip of tape down the center part which makes the style really become more than a simply pony. The severity of the tape almost makes you look twice – which makes sense with the collection.”

On damp hair, create a center part that’s clean but not perfectly straight. Apply satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion and dry hair dryer, leaving natural texture in the bottom two thirds. Create a low pony at the nape of the neck keeping the hair tight to the head. Using a curling iron, create a slight bend to the hair in the pony. Adhere tape to the center part, running about an inch down the center of the forehead. Mist fashion work 12 versatile working spray all over finished style to keep the front sleek and add texture and flexible hold in the back.

Follow my Spring 2013 Fashion Week board over on Pinterest for more spring looks!


1 Comment

  1. September 12, 2012 / 7:16 am

    I like the eyes and the cheeks. I'd just want to slap Carthage on my lips, or something fierce.

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