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Get Shannon Ryan's VMA look

02:00 Mon Nov 7 2011
Melissa Williams-King
Shannon Ryan at the 2001 NZ VMAs

Want to look radiant enough to outshine rock stars? C4's Shannon Ryan did just that as presenter of the 2011 Vodafone NZ Music Awards.

We've got the scoop on her look, thanks to her hair and makeup dream team from Fudge and Smashbox.


Shannon needed to look fresh and gorgeous all night long, so the Smashbox cosmetics brand, created specifically with studio lights and cameras in mind, was the ideal choice.

Make-up artist Masa Milnovic started with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Hydrating ($76) to ensure Shannon’s makeup stayed put for the evening. Next came Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation ($75) to even out imperfections and create the perfect canvas. A sweep of blush (Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Starburst, $55) gave her a lit-from-within glow, and a smoky eye was created thanks to Smashbox Eyeshadows in Sable and Blackout ($36 each).

A touch of Smashbox Lip Tech in Nude ($44), and a slick of Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Infinite ($47) gave Shannon a picture-perfect pout. Just before she ran on stage, Masa dusted Shannon's face with Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder ($55) to eliminate shine and give the look extra long wear.


Shannon has short hair, so stylist Nic Apaapa had pre-dyed hair-pieces to match Shannon’s hair colour using balayage. He then stitched the pieces into her hair to create the illusion of length and extra volume.

If you have naturally long hair, this style is simple to create. Apply a generous amount of putty (such as Fudge Hair Putty, $21) to wet hair and blow wave dry, scrunching the hair in your hands for a lived-in texture. Once hair is dry, spray with a beach spray (such as Fudge Salt Spray, $25.50) for a more separated, grittier texture with volume.

Make a deep side part on the left hand side of the head, and begin a very loose French braid which wraps around the head down to the nape of the neck, again, on the left hand side. Use bobby pins to secure the plait as you take the rest of the hair and wrap into a loose chignon. Pin in place, then tug a few pieces out to make it look less perfect. Finish with a setting spray for a hold and a generous dose of gloss (such as Fudge Head Shine, $25.50) for a stunning finish.

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