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Brilliant Updos & Painted Faces from Two Amazing Designers

Did you catch our bridal beauty piece on Mercedes-Benz fashion week? If you didn't, it's not to be missed so check it out right here. Then prepare to be inspired, because we've got lots of lovely to share with you today!

The folks at Moroccanoil were kind enough to send us some super gorge behind-the-scene fashion week photos, from the Fall/Winter 2013 Carolina Herrera show and Badgley Mischka's runway presentation too! Plus, the amazing hair stylists who created the updos share their step-by-step instructions so you can get these look for your wedding day! Ready to roll?

Beauty Scoop at Badgley Mischka - Dramatic and sophisticated updos inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s femme fatales; lots of texture with a cool, modern edge.

Secrets from the Stylist, Peter Gray

The style emphasized whimsical contrasting elements, with soft, swirling volume at the front of the head falling into a swirled chignon sitting atop a unique, playful reverse-braid that tightly followed the shape of the head. The unique effect was created by braiding hair from bottom to top instead of the usual top to bottom technique. Though superbly classic, the style has an edgy, modern sensibility with a sense of motion within structure.

Step-by-Step Instructions from Peter

  1. I started with a touch of Moroccanoil Treatment to condition and add a lustrous depth to strands followed by new Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection. I then worked through Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse from roots to ends for soft volume and hold. To create a soft, smooth styling foundation, I then blow-dried hair straight with a paddle brush.
  2. After making a horse shoe shaped section (from each temple to the crown) and pinning it on top, I started to design the reverse-braid. Tipping the models head forward, I braided from the nape of neck towards the crown, pulling in diagonal sections from the sides to the center of the head. As I continued, I brought in pivoting sections from side areas, taking care to keep the braid closely following the shape of the head. When I reached the crown, I fastened the 3 braided sections together into a pony tail.
  3. I then started to create the swirling effect on top of the head. I created a set, curling the hair from the front hairline and then back using a ¾” curling iron (for the first two sections) to create a pronounced wave. I progressed to a 1” iron for the remaining set sections, including the ponytail.  Then, I misted the entire set lightly with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong.
  4. Next, I released the set, and combed it out starting at the crown, and allowed some loose pieces to fall free. I backcombed the top section lightly for a fluffy, feminine effect, concentrating on the wave through the front area.
  5. The remaining loose lengths of the hair were wrapped around a pin-tailed comb  - with the tip inserted vertically into the top of the braid - to hold the chignon above the reverse-braid.
  6. Fine wisps of hair were then brushed loose to soften, free and modernize the look.
  7. To finish, we used a fork comb to break up the edges of the set, and gave the style a final misting of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong to hold it in place.

Beauty Scoop at Carolina Herrera - Sleek, modern, graphic 1940’s inspired hair; tightly coiled curls and elegantly rolled waves.

Step-by-Step Instructions from the Stylist, Orlando Pita

  1. I started by spraying new Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection throughout the hair to prepare for blow-drying and for a soft, natural-looking hold. For models with fine hair, I also worked in Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse, and then blow-dried hair straight.
  2. Next, I applied Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to create a beautiful modern sheen, for styling control, and to help make the look sleek and perfect. I applied a bit more at the roots and top of hair since we were creating the style so close to the head.
  3. I started by parting the hair down the middle to create two sections, and a third, which started behind the ear, up to the crown, and down to behind the ear on the other side.
  4. After lightly backcombing (about 2 inches from the root) for models with fine hair, I took each front part, rolled it very tightly, and pinned the roll at its seam as well as behind the ear.
  5. I then took strands remaining at the end of the rolls, twisted and crisscrossed them at ear level and pinned to serve as a focal point to secure hair that would be rolled up from the remaining back section. Finally, I raised the back sections slightly above the nape, rolled them tight but a bit wider than in the front, then tucked them in and pinned.
  6. I used a bit more Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream on my fingers and applied it to any flyway’s or loose strands, so that the hair stayed sleek and perfect.
  7. To finish I gave the hair a very light misting of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for extra luminosity and shine.

Special thanks to: Moroccanoil, Peter Gray and Orlando Pita for the hairstyle inspiration, and David Webber for the beautiful photos.

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