As a general rule, runway beauty looks aren’t meant to be replicated literally: A little inspiration here, a hot tip there, sure—but rarely do we see a full hair/makeup/nail situation that we want to copy in its entirety. That is, with the exception of shows like Mara Hoffman, where every element of the beauty look was so on-point, we’ll probably be wearing it like, tomorrow.
The inspiration was a sci-fi desert with some early ’70s influence—like Star Wars set at Burning Man—making it appealing to nerds and boho chicks alike. Hairstylist Thomas Osborn for Catwalk by Tigi used hair extensions to create braided headbands like whimsical wreaths around the models’ heads. He then wove two messy braids that fell like “elevated rat tails” down their backs. The overall effect was like your hair on the last day of Bonaroo—if you did a braid crown on day one and then didn’t shower after that (in a good way).
As for the makeup? Makeup artist Lottie for Maybelline created just about the coolest smoky eye we’ve ever seen. She filled in the entire eyelid, the lower lid, and the waterlines with a smudgy gray eyeliner, and then applied a metallic cream eyeshadow in the center of the top eyelid. That same cream eyeshadow was used as a highlighter on the high points of the models’ faces, and the whole look was finished with a ton of bronzer for a sun-kissed, desert-babe vibe.
Finally, the nails, created using Zoya, represented a desert sunset, with freely drawn layers of wavy bronze hues. Click through to see more pictures from backstage, and weigh in if you’re as inspired as we are.