The Prada runway is one of Milan's most-anticipated, season after season — and not just because designer Miuccia Prada is regarded as one of the most prolific, talented designers of our time. The iconic Italian label's shows almost always feature an unexpected, boundary-pushing beauty look, thanks to hair-and-makeup dream team Guido and Pat McGrath.
Prada's Spring 2019 runway show proved no exception to that rule: It showcased a combination of oversized headbands, super-short baby bangs, bleached eyebrows and lashes so exaggerated, they could be "A Clockwork Orange"-inspired.
"It could be a bit '60s good girl, but then it's exaggerated and the leather is studded — it's futuristic," said Guido of the headbands (that coordinated with the models' respective clothes) in an interview backstage. The hairstylist has been on somewhat of a makeover spree this season, cutting and dyeing the majority of models' hair for the Marc Jacobs runway in New York. For Prada, he gave haircuts to six or seven models who were willing to go for mod, super-short crops. As for the rest of the models, they had extensions put in, which were then cut into very choppy faux bangs close to the hair line. "I used the headband to hide putting a small bang in. Every girl has got this very short, kind of Jean Seberg fringe, bangs, whatever you want to call it," said Guido. "That gives it a boyishness, toughness, a rebelliousness. It's funny just doing that small fringe... It changes their faces, and then with the headband, it gives a real kind of strong silhouette."
To create the style, Guido and his team first blow-dried models' hair smooth with Redken Satinwear 04, pulling it into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. "It's super-sleek, super-polished, very finished, not undone... It's very exact," he said. After adding the extensions and cutting bangs, he placed the headband toward the front of the head, hiding the seam of the hairpieces. "Without the fake bangs it would become too classic," he noted. To give the bangs a piece-y effect and lend shine and hold to the entire look, he finished it with a mist of Redken Forceful 23.
As for the makeup, McGrath went for a mod, Twiggy-esque combination of muted, nude lips and extra-long lashes on both the upper and lower lids. To bring in more drama, though, she also bleached models' brows to allow the eye makeup to stand out even more. And then she drew additional "projected lashes" onto models' upper lids. She may not have intentionally been referencing the iconic makeup from the 1971 film "A Clockwork Orange," but it's certainly evocative of it nonetheless.
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