The Beauty in a Nutshell: It was all about the no frills, extremely natural girl at Narciso. Deborah Lippmann used her Smooth Operator four-way buffer to shape, exfoliate, and buff nails, for a short, rounded, natural nail, finishing off with a dab of cuticle oil and working in some hand cream. Lippmann’s tips to getting down the art of buffing is to touch the nail only once with the fabric, and be conscious to not put any pressure on the tip. Dick Page for Shiseido used natural, neutral shades and worked brows by brushing them downward to find the natural line.
I asked Page how to know what kind of base layer worked best for each individual’s skin (foundation, powder, tinted moisturizer, BB Cream), and he said “if you can quickly apply it in a bathroom or on a plane and it looks perfect in those condition and lighting, then you know it’s for you!” Paul Hanlon worked the hair to a perfect simplicity, mastering a center-part, securing with a dash of By Byron Spirulina Hairspray.
The Show: Jenny Packham
The Beauty in a Nutshell: With the ladies of The Rat Pack as inspiration for the beauty, Gina Edwards for Essie created a gorgeous mani that is sooo easy to do at home; create a French manicure, then just layer one coat of shimmer on top! Edwards used Essie’s opaque white shade, “Waltz,” “Marshmallow” on the tips, and Luxe Effects Shimmer on top. Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier used various shades of blue to create “jewel-like” eyes, mixing Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Midnight Bleu, Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Turquoise, and Baked Eye Colour in Lagoon with five coats of mascara while making a soft coral lip with combining Creme Lip Colour in Tangerine and Lip Pencil in Baby Lips.
Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé created my favorite hair look of the season by starting with Climate Control Mousse by creating a deep side part on the left side, back brushing, smoothing and sweeping the hair over the forehead to twist hair sections inward and finishing on the side with a sleek ponytail, flat ironing the ends.
The Beauty in a Nuthsell: With the inspiration as Betsey herself, Aveda lead hairstylist Jon Reyman crimped, backcombed and tousled the models tresses, securing hair into place with Aveda’s Control Force Hairspray, a process that took upwards of 40 minutes per model. Meanwhile, Gina Edwards for Kiss/Broadway Nails matched the press-on nails to fiery red, glittered shade of the lips. She used a medium length nail, and recommends swiping some alcohol on the nailbeds to optimize decal sticking power when using artificial nails.
Gato for Maybelline created a hybrid look between a pin-up girl and a female superhero, using the Master Precise Liquid Ink Pen Eyeliner in Black to draw on the eyebrows, with “thousands of layers” of the Falsies Flared Mascara on the lashes, a combo of 24HR Color Tattoo in the lids, with Color Sensational Lip Color in Very Cherry on the lips with a layer or red glitter painted over top.
The Show: Whitney Eve Spring 2013
The Beauty in a Nutshell: Sunshine Outing for Zoya did both fingers and toes (in all blue), with the fingers rotating shades with stripes down the side. no top coat was used so that the stripe could dry without smearing, and the white polish was intended to match the white bobby pins intentionally styled and left in for the show.
Marc Mena for Garnier created a “polished tomboy” aesthetic by working in the Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity HairSpray and the XXL Thickening Mousse for a smooth yet voluminous-enough folded ponytail look, using a small curling iron to zig-zag and actually kink the hair. He finished the look by wrapping and tying elastics for the folded up ponytail finish. Dominic Cruz for Kryolan worked with neutral tones, creating a dewy, fresh look with shades of taupe and smoke combined with full brows and finishing up with soft gloss on the lips.