Beauty with Grit — a “Not Too Pretty” Look with Polish

Get the look from Yajun’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection

For the abstract and equine-inspired Yajun Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week show, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Makeup Janell Geason and Aveda Guest Artist Jon Reyman of Spoke & Weal salons created a forceful, precise look to convey power, polish and to show off the designer’s custom headpieces.


“It’s a hyper-modern knot,” said Reyman of the geometric, smooth bun he created. “It’s precise, tight and symmetrical.” For the look, he treated the hair to be smooth, thick and straight, using Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme or Pure Abundance Style-Prep and Thickening Tonic, depending on texture, before blow drying. On models with shorter hair that might otherwise fall from the bun, he used Aveda Men Pure-formance Firm Hold Gel to keep things in place.


After blow drying and flat ironing, he pulled the hair into a meticulous high pony, flat ironed it and set the hair with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, then flipped the pony over the top of the head and tied it with string to create a bubble. Next, he snipped the ends of the tie and vertically flat ironed the bun to make it slim and smooth. He wrapped the hair around the bun, pinning it in place with the ends controlled but askew, and added pins to the side to keep the shape smooth before setting it with more Control Force.


Once the Control Force was dry, the side pins were removed and the headpiece was added.


Yajun’s brand goal is "to break the boundaries and expectations in garment construction, creating an image of a classy yet rebellious woman, who is ready to try new things and explore all extremes in life.” Geason channeled that rebellion and rule-breaking spirit with a bold lip featuring a daring touch of darkness.


The lip was matte, using just Feed My Lips Lip Liner in Pomegranate, and the center of the lip was deepened with Currant, a darker shade. “It’s the Currant that gives the look grit,” said Geason. “We wanted it to be tough, not too pretty.”


Geason shaded the eyes with Petal Essence Eye Color in Gobi Sands, and created a dewy gleam on the nearly-bare skin by applying Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil with a blush brush. “It helps ensure you don’t get too much,” she said of the application method, “so you get just a gleam, not a wet look.” Tulasara Radiant Oleation Oil is typically used as part of a skincare routine, to nourish and restore skin’s radiance. “Without the gleam, a deep red lip like this can look too wintry,” added Geason.


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