Posted March 19, 2013

Get the Kate Upton Look

Peter Butler - hair stylist to the stars - offers his tips to look like the SI cover model

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SI Swim Launch Week was a bit of a whirlwind. Between the parties, press conferences, and photo-ops, the memories have all started blurring together. One thing that hasn’t? Cover girl Kate Upton’s hair and makeup. Soft, elegant, and a hint of sexy — how could we soon forget? So, hot rollers and hairspray in hand, we went straight to the source — hairstylist Peter Butler, the man behind each look (as well as the last seven Swimsuit covers) — to get the scoop. Always happy to help, he broke down each style, and offered a few pointed tips along the way!

From the expert:

Kate had two looks in Vegas.
The first was hair down — beautiful, bombshell waves with soft texture for daytime TV and press. SUPER GORGEOUS and natural. 
 
To create it, we started with a blow dry. I used a large round brush and a bit of Leonor Greyl Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice. The product works perfectly with her fine, blonde hair–giving it more volume and hold. Next, I set Kate’s hair with a one-and-a-half inch barrel curling iron in several sections. First, three sections on top of her head, all curling back. Then, a curl on either side of her face, going under, and finally, four big curls in the back. I pinned them all in place and then waited until Tracey Murphy was done with her makeup (so her hair could cool) before I took them down.  
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 They brushed out easily and all I had left to do was smooth her whole head with a little Leonor Greyl Creme Eclat Naturel–I placed a pea-sized drop in the palm of my hands, rubbed them together, and then smoothed her hair, removing any flyaways for a nice, natural finish!
The second look in Vegas was for the red carpet. It was all about hair-up and Hollywood glamour; a bit of Marilyn Monroe in the eyes and attitude! I swept her hair up and away from her face to highlight her eyes and delicate neckline that is SO feminine and beautiful. 
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To get the look, I started with how her hair was already set from the day and then pulled it back into a chingnon. For super easy styling, I gathered her hair in a low ponytail with a bungee elastic–a band with a hook on each end, perfect for when you really need hair to be secure! Then, I took the loose hair in the ‘tail, wrapped it around the elastic, and pinned it into the base, creating a knot. Larger pins work best and four usually does the trick! 
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After it was pulled back, I added in some broken texture around the front hairline and a little more volume around her forehead. She looked divine! Soft, not too severe, and elegant–just what we were going for! She did all the hard work in Antarctica, so it was nice to give her a look she could have fun with! I think she rocked it!!
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