Backstage Beauty Report: Michelle Helene Spring 2017

Fall Fashion Week in New York means witnessing the upcoming fashion trends, bumping into celebrities, and getting a glimpse into the mind of Kanye West. But, there’s another aspect of the fashion world that never fails to make a show-stopping appearance every Fall: the Avant-garde hair and makeup.

L’ANZA Healing Haircare‘s Jorge Luis, took the 70’s flare of the Michelle Helene fashion show to the perfectly trimmed tresses of the beautiful runway models. “The hair inspiration is three looks. Not one, because he 70’s was an eclectic period” said Jorge Luis about how he approached his mission. The international hair stylist is a big fan of curly hair and is “obsessed with afros,” so many of his designs include dramatic curls using L’anza products: L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Combing Cream,  L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Lustrous Finishing Spray and L’ANZA  Healing Style Dry Texture Spray to add volume.

To achieve one of his most daring looks, he employed the use of chopsticks pressed tightly with a hair straightener to get tight spiral curls on even the straightest strands. “I started whenever the designers asked me for something organic. I did a show where I used tree branches,” said Luis on the techniques he uses to achieve natural looking curls.

No matter how title coiled or loosely hung the model’s curls were. No fashion week look could be complete without the right Makeup. MAC Cosmetics artist, Regan Rebanal, handled this job beautifully. “This season we’re really excited to be doing more of a watercolor story […] so I’m bringing that same artistic print to life on a face,” said Rebanal of his method for the Michelle Helene show.

“We crushed up some eye shadows and mixed it with some mixing mediums and we’re doing a literal point drop on the side of the cheek,” he added.

As a man in the makeup industry, Rebanal is a strong supporter of others, like himself, following their makeup dreams. “What I love about the men out there who are beauty blogging and self-taught makeup artists is that they didn’t really grow up in that sort of standard of ‘what not to do’, so they just kind of hit the ground running and are experimenting,”  asserted the MAC senior analyst.

Michelle Helene’s fashion show took place at Chelsea Piers studio stage D. Check out her chic designs here.

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