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Happy 70th Birthday Betsey Johnson!

Tuesday night’s raucous Betsey Johnson show was not only a retrospective of the designers’ rocker duds from the 60s till now, but also a banging birthday party for the freshly minted 70-year-old. In honor of Betsey, models were given ’80s style crimped hair and cleopatra-esque eyes.

Lead stylist John Reyman from Aveda created the throwback hairstyle section-by-section, first spritzing a protective layer of Control Force hair spray before using a crimper. To reduce frizz, hair was brushed out with the fingers and then back-combed around the parietal ridge to create volume. “It’s inspired by Betsey Johnson herself,” said Reyman. “Her kind of fun, crazy hair—it’s 80s and it’s crimped, it’s par-tay. Think White Snake circa 1987.”

Models posing with a Baked By Melissa mini-cupcake dispenser.

For an eye-catching makeup look that could stand up to Betsey’s bright and dynamic designs, lead artist Gato for Maybelline was inspired by comic book superheroes and classic pin-up girls. To create bold eyes, Gato used Too Cool and Audacious Asphalt eyeshadow to create a silver base, then painted a bright yellow pigment down the center for pop. False lashes were given even more drama with layers upon layers of Volum’ Express The Falsies mascara. For the lips, Gato applied Maybelline’s Very Berry before layering on actual red glitter. As a final touch, all models were given a Cindy Crawford-esque fake blue diamond mole somewhere on their face. 

Maybelline’s Gato explaining how to get the extra-bold makeup look.

Here’s a peek at the scene from the party:

Guests were treated to a mini-concert by Cyndi Lauper, including an amazing performance of Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

One of Betsey’s looks from the 70s.

Where can we get one of these giant gold necklaces with our names on them?

Betsey celebrating her 70th in style.


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