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by Halley Sanford February 28, 2021 3 min read

How do you solve a problem like Maria? You call in the stylist extraordinaire that you’ve been counting on for decades to bring even your most far-fetched visions to life: the one and only Lisa Martensen. Here’s how she turned our beauties into bandidas.

HAIR

“Maria was basically a 180-degree difference from Taos, which I’m sure the [models] welcomed,” Lisa laughed. “They were such troopers with the overnight wet set to get that Millicent Rogers coif [for Taos], but I think it will be quite a while before I can convince them to do that again! Fortunately, for this look, we got to go a lot simpler, more relaxed. For Kaylin, I gave her kind of a natural, windblown look, as if she’d been out riding a horse all day. I was actually able to take advantage of her natural wave for once, instead of fighting against it! I used my trusty setting spray and I ‘mussed’ it with my fingers for a more piece-y look. For Veda, her hair is already that sleek straight, which was perfect for loose braids that don’t look messy; it fit the character and it looked chic.”

MAKEUP:

“We were channeling these rough-and-ready bandidas,” Lisa said. “They were gritty, they were sun-kissed, they were no shrinking violets. They were horse-riding, bank-robbing, risk-taking badasses. We had to capture that in their look.”

FACE

MakeUp For Ever HD Fountation 

“I went heavy with the foundation, definitely opaque,” she said. “We had to give them a sun-kissed look in the middle of December; it’s not something I would recommend for the average person. I didn’t use a lot of powder, if any. In fact, they were pretty shiny, which would fit with being outside all day in the South Texas sun. I wanted them to look like outdoorsy gals.”

Behind-the-scenes

PRO TIP: “On day one, Kaylin’s poor little tip of her nose got sunburnt. So for day two of shooting, I used this little miracle-worker called Bye Bye Redness and let me tell you, it worked like a dream!”

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream

BROW

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

“You know me, of course I filled in their brows!” she laughed. “I penciled them in to be more pronounced but not too precisely defined.”

EYE

Tom Ford Eye Quad in Suspicion

“We did a rough smoky eye,” Lisa said. “We used deep smoky browns and a rusty terracotta-esque shade. And then I lined the lip top and bottom with my go-to MAC gel liner. I don’t do that very often because it can get too heavy, but it worked with the grit of this look.”

CHEEK

RMS Buriti Bronzer

“I didn’t use a traditional blush, no pink at all,” Lisa said. “I used a bronzer, sticking to earthy tones, bronzy, sandy colors – again, kind of a terracotta. If you look at the pictures, you can see how I used it more in a contour rather than on the apples of the cheeks like a blush.”

LIP

Natural Nudes in Strip Search

“I went really natural with the lip, that was not the focal point of this look,” she said. “I used a universal nude shade that I have used several times in Double D Looks, Strip Search, and then I dab it with balm to keep them from looking dried out and give just a light sheen but not like a gloss.”

Of course, curious minds want to know… Whatkindof lip balm?

DCT by Blistex!” she laughed. “You can get it at every drugstore in America, I’m pretty sure; another example of more expensive doesn’t necessarily be better. I LOVE this stuff. My daughter says it reminds her of her childhood because I always have it in my car – that’s how much I love it. My lips never peel if I use it.”


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