With a star-studded cast, creative marketing antics, and hot pink visuals, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie (2023) is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Australian actress Margot Robbie, who plays the world’s favorite doll, has received international praise for her press-run looks that take “Barbiecore” to another level. Together with her stylist, Andrew Mukamal, hairstylist Bryce Scarlett, makeup artist Pati Dubroff, and nail artist Tom Bachik, Margot has been recreating Barbie’s best looks throughout the decades. Most recently, the team brought the Solo in the Spotlight Barbie look to life at the movie’s world premiere.
A Barbie Blonde Updo
Hair artist Bryce Scarlett has been working consistently with Margot Robbie to bring Barbie classic hairdos to the film’s press events. For Margot’s hairstyle at the Barbie premiere in Los Angeles, he referenced the Solo in the Spotlight Barbie, giving her the perfect retro ponytail.
Relying on Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate line, Redken styling products, and Tangle Teezer tools, the hairstylist reinvented one of Barbie’s most iconic hairdos. “I was inspired to do this doll-like ponytail from the 1960s to coordinate with her stunning 60s-inspired custom Schiaparelli gown,” he said of the look. The hair artist also broke down the steps to achieve the glamorous style.
To prep Margot’s hair, Bryce detangled it using the Tangle Teezer The Wide Tooth Comb, shampooed it using the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo, and misted it with the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Lightweight Liquid Conditioner. Ensuring that the product was evenly spread, Bryce used the Tangle Teezer’s The Ultimate Detangler before rinsing.
After applying the Redken Quick Blowout Spray to decrease blow dry time and add heat protection, Bryce dried Margot’s hair and set it in velcro rollers. He sectioned the hair, leaving out 2 inches of the hairline around the head with the Tangle Teezer’s The Ultimate Styler. The following steps included securing the ponytail and setting it to 2-inch curls, but the night’s key point was the detailed side-swept bang section. The detail was set in place with the Redken Max Hold Hairspray, bringing Margot’s look for the night together.
Solo in the Spotlight
Whereas the majority of Margot’s Barbie-inspired looks thus far have been unapologetically pink, Solo in the Spotlight Barbie’s outfit is monochromatic black. Drawing from the aesthetics of Old Hollywood, the actress sported a sparkling black strapless dress, exclusively recreated for the occasion by the French luxury label Schiaparelli. The dress featured a mermaid silhouette that bursts into a dramatic tulle hemline. Andrew Mukamal spared no details when recreating this ensemble, even decorating the hemline with a red rose and ensuring that Margot carried a pink handkerchief in her right hand on the pink carpet.
To complement the dress’ timeless glamour, Pati Dubroff created a simple makeup look with a bold red lip as its key point, using Chanel’s Rouge Allure L’Extrait High-Intensity Lip Colour. Margot’s jewelry also matched the inspiration, with a series of Lorraine Schwartz necklaces completing the look. And, as an added surprise, a Barbie-approved hot pink glitter manicure, courtesy of Tom Bachik, was hidden inside the black velvet gloves hugging Margot’s arms.
Barbie premiered in Los Angeles on July 9 and is slated for official release on July 21. The new movie’s promotional campaigns and recent press runs have received worldwide commendations for their creativity and personality. Margot’s recreations of previous Barbie looks have especially contributed to the excitement surrounding the movie while proving her place as Barbie reincarnate.
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