Show Stoppers

Neon colors, bright florals, abstract prints and sheer clothes all had their turns down the runway. And the makeup and hair paired with these looks didn’t let up from the boldness of spring’s favorite trends. Look for everything from ballet pink to neon exclamation points when it comes to lips. In the hair department, Amy Winehouse had an effect on the runways, but in a tamed-down manner, while the tidy buns of ballerinas took their own jete down the runways.

Image Model Search winner Maria Radeva let our artists use her face and hair as a palette to interpret the runway trends. Here’s a look at some of the top beauty trends straight from the spring runways, along with tips on how to get the looks at home.


All eyes turned to the day-friendly looks at J. Mendel and Lela Rose. These copper lids give you the look of a diva by day but can work well at night.

For this look, makeup artist Chris Montoya from Tonic Salon started with a golden waterproof pencil all over the eyelid. "It makes the color more intense." Then he added a layer of shimmery gold eye shadow on top. Montoya used a black eye liner and then buffed out the color with a bronze eye shadow.

For the face, Montoya used a foundation with an iridescent sheen, followed by bronzing powder to tone down the shine. A pink bronze blush gave Radeva a mirrored look.

Montoya lined the lips with a spicy lip liner and buffed out the lines. Then he topped it with a gold luster lip gloss.


Runways from Oscar de la Renta to Zac Posen sent models down the catwalk with scintillating ballerina buns with an added twist: hair twisted in a rope and then wrapped in the bun. This look works well with casual wear as well as on the town.

Tonic Salon hairstylists Carl Hoffman and Shivonn first put Radeva’s hair, right, into a ponytail and then separated it in two and twisted the pieces like a rope. Then they twisted the hair into a bun and set with bobby pins. Hoffman suggested using a product such as Bumble & Bumble Sumo Wax to smooth out flyaway hairs


While ballet flats have found their way onto feet, much to the delight of fashion lovers, ballet pink has now made its way onto the lips of the runway. At the Reem Acra fashion show, the sheer color had just a bit of gloss, while at Peter Som the pastel pink lip color was matte.

Montoya used a cream-based eye shadow in cotton candy from lash line to eyebrow without contouring. Then he used pink eye shadow under the lower lashes and a liquid gray eyeliner on the top lashes.

For blush, he turned to a pastel pink in a light color with heavy application up to the temple area to blend in with the eye shadow.

On the lips, Montoya chose a baby pink lipstick with blue undertones.

"Skip the bronzer so you have the ballet look and always emphasize the look with lashes," Montoya said.


Spring took a long, hard look at lips and found that just a little goes a long ways. Neon colors, like those on the runway, showed up as bold statements on the mouths of models. At the Temperley London show, lips turned a matte electric orange shade, while at Badgley Mischka, fuchsia made mouths stand out.

Montoya used a fuchsia pigment mixed with clear gloss for the lip color. He kept the previous pink look but added baby blue body paint on the eyes as a soft liner.


Those sultry shades of color returned to hair for spring when Anna Sui added Manic Panic neon bright extensions to models’ hair. The trend resurfaced at the Rodarte and Marc Jacobs shows.

Hoffman and Shivonn straightened Radeva’s hair and then back combed it with a hair powder before adding extensions. "In the old days, you would bleach out your hair with Manic Panic. Now you can use extensions."


Rebellious eyes reminiscent of pop star Debbie Harry countered the simpler looks that found time on the runway. Givenchy paired sooty eyes with stark couture, while Chado Ralph Rucci relied on heavy eyeliner and neutral lips. For a bit of a change, add a dash of blue eye liner like Narciso Rodriguez did for his spring collection.

"Think Amy Winehouse but softer on the liner," Montoya said of this look. He used a black powder halfway up the lid and then a black liquid liner to form the cat eye. Then he swept the rest of Radeva’s eyes with a nude eye shadow.

Since the focus is the eyes, Montoya used a nude liner in flesh and an almost-white lipstick cream on Radeva’s lips. A flesh-toned cream blush with a mauve undertone completes the look.


No, these looks weren’t quite as extreme as the near-beehive Amy Winehouse sports, but big hair similar to Twiggy’s ’60s looks found time on the runways. At L.A.M.B., wing-tipped eyeliner accompanied this look.

"This look doesn’t have to be perfect," Hoffman said of the bouffant he created. He used a boars hair brush to smooth out the teased hair and then started pulling the crown of the hair back and pinned it down. Then he twisted the remaining hair and pinned it into a twist. Hoffman modernized the look by leaving random pieces down.


The reverse French manicure that Dita von Teese loves to sport found a home on the runways. Designers such as Christian Dior and Tracy Reese added this touch to their shows in an assortment of colors such as black, red and orange.

Nail artist Kristen Middleton suggests going to a professional to get this look. But for the adventuresome, start with a bright red nail polish. A grayer shade of nail polish works better for the tips and crescents. Apply top coat only after all of the polish dries. And look for smaller brushes to apply the tips and crescents.


Turn the tables on smoky eyes just like BCBG and Erin Fetherston did on the runways by trading out the darks for white eyeliner and mascara. This look really makes your eyes stand out.

To make this look pop even more, Montoya extended the black eye shadow from the previous look with a fat kohl pencil to the crease, and then used white mascara from baseline to the tips of the eyelashes in the corners and just on the tips in the center. Add a bit of white eyeliner under the cat eye look to complete this look.


Somehow, the Kate Moss bedhead look just keeps coming back. Perhaps because the look says sexy. Models at the Miss Sixty and Cynthia Rowley shows strutted in hair that looked as if it hadn’t been brushed in days.

A bit of Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray will help you achieve this beachy look. Shivonn used Bumble & Bumble Sumo Tech to give the look a matte finish.

Contact Image Editor Susan Stapleton at or 702-387-2909.

Model: Maria Radeva for Best Agency

Stylist: Susan Stapleton for Review-Journal

Hair: Carl Hoffman and Shivonn for Tonic Salon

Makeup: Chris Montoya for Tonic Salon

Nails: Kristen Middleton

All makeup from MAC Cosmetics. All hair products from Bumble & Bumble.

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