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MBFWA 19: PE Nation X O&M

“Diversity is everything.”

That was the key takeaway from Brad Mullins who was styling models for O&M as P.E. Nation presented their first solo show ‘Physical Education by P.E Nation’ at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. For the second show on day number two of MBFWA show, Brad worked with PE Nation designers Pip Edwards and Claire to create hair that showcased “the ultimate cool girl texture”.

“What’s really important is the silhouette of the head,” Brad said. “We’ve done a middle part but have made sure that the girls’ natural hair texture is kept as it is to bring out each girl’s individuality.”

Brad couldn’t emphasise enough how much he wanted to ensure each girl did not embody a general, cookie cutter feel. “PE Nation is for everyone, and we want to show that with the hair,” he explained. “It’s about making sure everyone is not uniform. Diversity is everything.”

Brad said there were waves, curls and layers and roots that were tight against the scalp, created with O&M products.

“The Atonic Thickening Spritz has been used to create a wet look but with moveability,” he said. “Contrasting this, we’ve used a new product, Desert Dry on the middle and ends to give a fly away finish. Depending on the girl, we might also add some serum on the ends to define the look.”

The models’ skin was prepped with Ashlea Penfold for Neutrogena, who used the new Neutrogena cleansing oils before makeup application to give the skin a flawless base to work with.

Carol Mackie worked her magic backstage for MAC to give the girls a fresh-faced and organic look. She used MAC Smoked Almond lipstick to stain both the lips and the eyelids.

“We’re also giving the girls a touch of armour with a glint of gold, to give the look strength and power,” she said.

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