RHW x NYFW: Ralph Lauren beauty prep
September 7, 2018: It’s late afternoon in downtown NYC. Under overcast skies, Manhattan’s crowded streets are even more stylish than usual, thanks to the influx of visitors in town for Fashion Week. And though the fashion calendar is packed, everyone is buzzing about the night’s big event: Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show in Central Park. A ticket is a hot commodity, and luckily for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, there’s one with her name on it.
But before heading to the show, RHW has to get ready. Settling into her hotel room with makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes and hairstylist Christian Wood, she reflects on the occasions when she’s donned Ralph Lauren—this year’s Met Gala among them. “When I think of iconic American fashion, I immediately think of Ralph,” RHW muses. “His clothes are classic and glamorous, but they feel modern, too. Five decades in fashion, and Ralph’s still got the magic touch.”
Tonight, Rosie will step out in a white, tuxedo-inspired gown from the designer. This statement piece drives much of the beauty discussion with Hughes and Wood, who quickly settle on an updated ’70s vibe. Room service shows up with sustenance for all (ham and cheese toasties, French fries, and Coca-Cola) and the glam team gets to work. And two gorgeous hours later, Rosie heads uptown for an unforgettable night.
"It's all very Jerry Hall in the '70s."
Here, from Wood and Hughes themselves, is how to re-create the hair and makeup for your next evening to remember.
First, Hughes massaged Augustinus Bader The Cream into Rosie’s skin. She then used Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealer all over to create a flawless base before setting with BareMinerals Original Foundation Powder. Hughes turned to Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer—a favorite of Rosie’s—to add warmth to cheeks. A light dusting of Chanel powder locked the bronzer in place.
Using a skinny liner brush for precision, Hughes created a wing with Surratt Artistique Eyeshadow in Noir—applied dry for a fluffy, soft, smudgy finish. For the shimmery eye, Hughes used a brown Bobbi Brown Sequin Eyeshadow from her kit (if that’s hard to find, try the brand’s Sparkle Eyeshadow in Allspice). Adding Bodyography Glitter Pigment in Bubbly, a warm gold, gave even more sparkle. MAC Upward Lash mascara and a few Kiss Trio individual lashes gave Rosie a doe-eyed look.
Hughes applied Nars Audacious lipstick in Anita, then added a little brow pencil at the corner of RHW’s lips to create dimension.
Christian Wood created a Hollywood-glam take on ’70s hair for Rosie. To begin, he blow-dried hair smooth using a round brush. Once the hair was dry, he sprayed Wella EIMI Glam Mist Shine Mist all over. Next, he used a pin tail comb to create a deep side part.
To create the curls, he used GHD 1.25″ Curve Soft Curl Iron. Starting at the nape of RHW’s neck, he wrapped medium-sized sections of hair around the wand. Each time, he held it in place for 10 seconds before releasing the curl and allowing it to cool. “The curls should all go in the same direction,” Wood notes, “except at the front, where they should face away to frame the face.”
Next, Wood applied Wella EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo throughout RHW’s hair, focusing on the roots to create volume. He then broke up the wave by brushing out the curls with a Mason Pearson brush. (“You have to keep brushing and brushing,” he notes.) Then, he gently shook out the waves so they had modern movement. The finishing touch: a misting of Wella Stay Firm Workable Finishing Hairspray for texture and hold. “It’s all very Jerry Hall in the ’70s,” Wood says.
Photography by Ford