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How to Get Derek Lam’s Textured Ponytails and “Spooky” Eyes
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How to Get Derek Lam’s Textured Ponytails and “Spooky” Eyes

There are ponytails, and then there are Fashion Ponytails, you know? Ponytails are for the gym, for wearing during facial masks, for scrunchies. Fashion Ponytails, on the other hand, can hold their own amidst the craziest outfits of New York Fashion Week. They’ve got texture, grit, and a little bit of an edge, and they’re kind of a supermodel thing.

Well, not anymore. See, Derek Lam’s urbane Fall/Winter 2014 collection was topped off by a series of harshly center-parted, seriously chic Fashion Ponytails, and we know exactly how Orlando Pita achieved that look (hint: a lot of PHYTO products and some varied texture). There are a few extra steps necessary for elevating your everyday ponytail to Fashion Ponytail status, but unlike a front-row invite to Derek Lam, it’s not as exclusive as it looks.

  1. Spritz a volumizing spray throughout damp hair for texture and volume. (Pita used PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray.)

  2. Blowdry. Straight-ish.

  3. From the ear down, create a big, loose wave. (Pita used T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron.)

4. Use a comb to create the perfect middle part. 


  1. To get that sleek, shiny look for the top of the ponytail, smooth gel or a glossing hair product through hair, starting at the part. Pita used: PHYTO Professional Glossing Cream and PHYTO Professional Strong Sculpting Gel.

  2. Scrape back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic.


  3. Tease the actual ponytail with a brush until it’s textured and volumized, then smooth it back down. You want a difference in texture between the mirror-shine center part and the slightly rough tail.

  4. Finish with a light mist of hairspray. Pita used: PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hair Spray.

To mimic the rest of the Derek Lam girl look, you’ll want what the Lam makeup artist called a “spooky, earthy eye.” Blue, gray, and green eyeshadows were blended around the eye and into the eye socket to achieve a sort of hollowed-out look—it’s chicer than that sentence makes it sound—kind of like the large shadow cast by a cat-eye. The exact products used were Estée Lauder Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio in Camo Chrome, Pure Color EyeShadow in Ivy Envy, and Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder in Transparent. Lips were nude-ish, to balance out the extreme eye and harsh hair; models wore the brand-new line of Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick. The specific shades? “Insatiable Ivory” and “Intense Nude,” dahling.

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