Crocodile, Mink, and Leather, Oh My! Altuzarra’s Luxe Headbands Will Instantly Elevate Your Ponytail

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Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we’d like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you’re busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds…because science says that’s all the time you have.

SHOW: Altuzarra

CITY: New York City

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux, Hairstylist Odile Gilbert, Manicurist Mar y Soul

THE LOOK: “For once at Joseph, it’s not about creating a makeup look, it’s about creating a character,” said Pecheux of sophisticated ladies walking the runway with ponytails and paled-out skin reminiscent of a Renaissance painting.

INSPO: Girl With a Pearl Earring. “You don’t say anything, you don’t talk about anything, but it’s happening,” explained Pecheux of the book-turned-movie’s plot line. “That’s what we are doing here with the makeup.”

BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Into the Pink, Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Hairspray, Zoya Nail Polish in Courtney and Gia

TOP TIPS: Pecheux used the same soft shade of rose blush across lids, lips, and cheeks. The key to pulling off pink on eyes: Rim your waterline with a white pencil. “If you don’t put any white inside the eye, [pink] can make a girl look like she’s sick or she’s been crying,” said the makeup pro. 

After wrapping models’ strands around a curling iron, Gilbert pulled the length back into a low ponytail before slipping on a super-luxe headband wrapped with mink, crocodile, or buttery leather. (While the price of these accessories remain a mystery, we’re going to say they’ll probably set you back a lot more than your go-to cotton band you wear to wash your face.) “Somewhere, the old-fashioned headband because the new fashion headband,” laughed Odile.

Inspired by Lady Lee (a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger), Mar y Soul created a bespoke blood red by layering a deep merlot with bright layer of cherry-colored lacquer. “It gives [the burgundy] a punchiness and makes it tart,” she said. 

WORDS FROM THE WISE: Kindness counts. Instead of using bleach to lighten brows, Pecheux used a small fan brush to swathe arches with a thin layer of foundation. “I refuse to use a hair product to bleach eyebrows, which is what a lot of people do during fashion week,” said the thoughtful pro. “Often, you see girls with burned skin and dead hair, and I don’t want to do that—they are my friends.” Sitting in his chair, model Sarah Brannon said: “Most people would be like, Fuck it, use the bleach.” Julie Hoomans added, “That’s true! It’s really the sweetest thing ever.” Consider it an early Valentine’s Day present, girls. 

TREND TALLY: Low ponytails were also spotted at Jason Wu.

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