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Couture A/W ‘12: Jessica Alba Gets Versace-fied
Tue, 3 July 2012 11:26AM
You could be forgiven for thinking that Jessica Alba had taken a quick trip backstage to be made up with the models before taking her place front and centre for the Versace Haute Couture show in Paris yesterday. Because, holy hotness, did she hold her own against the likes of Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson. Albeit with perhaps a tad too much body shimmer. But this is Versace after all.
Enough from me. I’ll let the pictures do the talking:
Then you’ve got the blonde bombshell on the runway:
I’m used to seeing Jessica carefully coiffed with flawless skin and a slick of lipstick, you know, her signature red carpet style. But here she was a mere step away from being runway ready, nailing the two elements that traditionally make up any Versace catwalk beauty look. Cue long, glossy locks teamed with seriously sexy eye makeup, either a slick of thick eyeliner or a variation on the traditional smoky eye.
Let’s break down the look …
The Bombshell Waves: This is a signature Versace style. Very va-voom. It’s hair that looks rich – like you have nothing better to do than spend all day in a glitzy hair salon, and all night dining on caviar and sipping Cristal. Luckily, you can get the look easily on a budget. Try blow-drying your hair using big, metal-bodied brushes; then curl each section up in a Velcro roller, leaving them there until hair has cooled. Unfurl and voilà: big, bouncy hair.
Or, buy yourself John Frieda’s Salon Shape, $59.95, from Priceline.
It’s is a hairdryer and bristle brush in one to get those natural, full bodied curls, without looking too structured. Once you have roughly blow-dried your hair, separate it into sections and holding the brush horizontally, wrap your hair in an anti-clockwise direction around it, winding the hair towards your head and holding it in place for a few seconds, before turning the brush so you are holding it vertically gently releasing the hair so it stays in the coil-like shape. Not only does it minimise the frizz factor, it leaves your hair looking (and feeling) voluminous and silky smooth. For a high-shine finish like Jess here, gently massage a pea-sized amount of ghd Smooth and Finish Serum, $22, 1300 443 737, through the ends.
The Metallic Smoky Eye: This deep metallic bronze and pewter eyeshadow combo complements Jessica’s brown eyes beautifully – we love Revlon’s ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Moonlit, $24.95, from pharmacies for similar shades – and on the runway the model has a softer, shimmering bronze washed over the lid, with a with a deeper matte charcoal blended in the outer corners. All that Jess is missing here is the pièce de résistance, the pop of bright gold on the inner V to make her eyes go wow. This nifty trick opens up your eyes and is ideal for taking the edge off a dark, smoky eye like this one. Grab a gold eyeshadow palette or even loose pigment and gently press it into the corner and smudge a little along the upper and lower lash line.
What do you think of Jessica’s front row beauty look? Smokin’ or what?
A departure from her regular look, but definitely on-the-money for a front row spot.
What about the glossy, bombshell curls. Are you a fan?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett