Runway Report: Effortless Edge at Dennis Basso


The look at Dennis Basso's Spring/Summer 2017 presentation at New York Fashion Week was all about paired down, effortlessly feminine elegance. Lush, floaty fabrics in timeless silhouettes made their way down the runway, seamlessly blending luxury and ease into one stunning collection.

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To complement this classic-meets-cool vibe, GLAMSQUAD Creative Director, Giovanni Vaccaro, created a lived-in, "woke up like this" hairstyle that balanced edgy attitude and luxe sex appeal. Strands were first prepped with Kerastase Mousse Bouffant at the root, which was massaged into the scalp and blow-dried for extra volume. Once dry, hair was flat-ironed from mid-shaft to ends. Then, at the crown near the root area, stylists used a 3/4-inch curling iron to wrap strands from the root to the mid-shaft once around the iron, alternating sections in opposite directions to add texture. Next, Elixir Ultime was raked through the hair with fingers, and sides were tucked behind the models' ears. To finish the look, Lacque Couture hairspray was applied. The end result: an effortless, "urban girl" look with major street style.

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The makeup look, created by GLAMSQUAD Director of Makeup Artistry, Kelli J. Bartlett, played off the casually flawless vibe of the collection as well. Starting with a clean canvas, skin was primed with either a Hydrating or Illuminating Flawless Primer. Light, dewy coverage was applied using either a BB Cream or a Natural Finish Foundation, along with concealer under the eyes to hide imperfections. To further conceal models' dark circles, and achieve a brightening effect to wake up the face, a Correcting Highlighter was applied. To set the foundation and ensure longer wear, Loose Setting Powder was applied with a powder puff, followed by a touch of soft, cool toned Blush to models' cheeks in an upward and outward motion along the cheekbones. For a youthful look, Clear Brow Gel was brushed in an upward motion along the brows, helping to subtly define and add fullness for a more intense look. Eyes were prepped with an Eye Primer, followed by the light, neutral Brown Mushroom Eye Shadow over the entire eyelid, which was blended away near the brow bone area. Next, a Cream Gold Metallic Shadow was used on top of the lid close to the lash line for a bold, intense touch. Then, a very Fine Point Liquid Eyeliner Pen was used to draw a line from the inner to the outer corner of models' eyes, as close to the lash line as possible. The eye look was finished with a smudged, faded, purposefully imprecise wing that extended to the outer end of the eye. To complete the makeup look, a Lip Liner close to the model's natural lip color was lightly applied for a matte, neutral finish. The final look was a subtle yet sexy, "no makeup" makeup.

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Keeping with the smoky gold theme of the makeup, GLAMSQUAD Lead Nail Professional, Christina Quercia, created an effortless nude nail with a subtle gold finish. To get the look, LAVY #12 was applied to models' nails before they were sent down the runway.

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