Backstage Beauty: Charlotte Ronson and Alexander Wang

Hydroxatone at Charlotte Ronson Show Spring 2011
Charlotte Ronson for Sephora Spring 2011

The Charlotte Ronson girl isn’t about being proper and polished. She might have played with tea sets and had white gloves put away for special occasions (like Ms. Kelly Osbourne, spotted in the front row), but for this outing, it seemed like a quick jaunt to the beach. That meant that makeup artists backstage were prepping the models with Hydroxatone products to get the coveted “glow-from-within” look (models were raving about Hydroxatone Instant Effect 90 Second Wrinkle Reducer).

“Our partnership with Charlotte Ronson and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is something we’ve been building toward for some time,” said Andrew Surwilo, co-CEO of Hydroxatone. “It’s been thrilling.”

Sephora’s team was tackling makeup, and the big buzz was the recent debut of  Ronson’s full line of color cosmetics for the store. They’ve been working with Ronson for several seasons, but this one saw Ronson’s line in the spotlight. We saw all-in-one palettes that had blush, bronzer and highlighter – called the Shoshanna – alongside covetable eye shadows. A fun treat was meeting Color Club’s Harriet Rose, who said that Ronson started out with red in mind but chose the pretty Pret-a-pink nude hue, which was perfect for a chic, natural look. Ronson’s models had easy windswept hair and their simple makeup looked like they’d just had a little sun, making us eager for next summer, especially since fall has not set in yet in New York.

At Alexander Wang, models were anything but English Roses at Brighton Beach. In his usual fashion, models wore smoky, lived-in eyeliner and their hair looked just as effortless. “She just rolled out of bed, hopped in the shower and headed out the door,” said Guido Palao, who created the hair looks for the show. He used Sultra’s Bombshell Clip-less Rod Curling Iron to get the curls and waves, setting them with mousse for a wet look. What really caught our eye was beauty legend Jin Soon, who had collaborated with Wang and Sally Hansen for a trio of colors – only one, Parchment, was used in the show, but you can be sure the other two, Oxblood and Petrol, will fly off drugstore shelves just like Wang’s bags and shoes do at Barneys. Jin Soon Alexander Wang Backstage with Sally Hansen CollaborationHer take on the Wang girl? “She doesn’t have a done nail, so we didn’t use topcoat, no gloss,” said Soon. “It’s about strength, toughness and is very minimalistic.” It helps that Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line has a basecoat and topcoat built in, but we can attest to Parchment’s lived-in look. It was swoon at first sight.

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Author:Christopher Luu and Michelle Dalton Tyree