How to Get the Bold Beauty Look From Wolk Morais' Debut Runway Show

Wolk Morais' debut presentation

Models wore an ombre cat eye and shiny, graphic hair at the Ruffian designers' first presentation for their new eponymous label.

The backstage area felt a little like New York Fashion Week at Monday night’s debut runway presentation for Wolk Morais, the eponymous fashion label by the now LA-based designers of Ruffian. Teams from Paul Mitchell and MAC handled the beauty look at LA’s Kohn Gallery, where models walked in Brian Wolk’s and Claude Morais’ rainbow-hued, technicolor creations, created along with top stylist Elizabeth Stewart

While names like Rose McGowan, Patricia Field, Topher Grace and Constance Zimmer gathered in the gallery, Noogie Thai, international trainer for Paul Mitchell, prepped models’ hair behind the scenes. “The inspiration came from all the bold, colored, graphic designs and shapes that we wanted to complement, not fight,” he says. “We came up with a look that’s nice and shiny and smooth, with graphic parts on the center or side to have a little accent.”

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To accomplish this, the stylists first dampened the hair a little bit and formed the part, then added Awapuhi Wild Ginger Mirror Smooth High Gloss Primer (launching in May). “Then we did a nice round-brush blowout to give it polish, and added a bit more of the Mirror Smooth primer on the ends for extra shine,” says Thai. “It has natural volume on the scalp and roots to give it that sleek, aerated movement when they’re walking.”

As for the makeup, MAC’s Cynthia Rivas conceived the bright blue-to-black cat eye, inspired by Wolk Morais’ references, which included pop art and ‘60s and ‘80s fashion. “We used Hi-Def Cyan, which is part of the pro line, and added a little bit to the inner corner of the eye like you would a cat liner, then added black on the outside. As they met in the middle of the lid we blended them together for an ombre effect,” says Rivas. 

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The rest of the look included curled and mascara-ed lashes, fresh skin using a launching-soon MAC foundation called Studio Waterweight and Cream Color Base in Vintage Rose on the cheeks and lips for a satin finish. All this allowed the vibrant Wolk Morais frocks to pop, which, of course, was the entire point.