vena cava backstage beauty
October 3, 2010
[Images via NYMag.com]
Backstage at the Vena Cava show this season, hair, makeup and nails were glamorously modern and perfectly polished.
Ted Gibson, key hair stylist for the show (and many others this season) created a beautifully textured, modern chignon finished off with a head scarf twisted in a fresh new way. To get the look he first used Tame It Shine Lotion from his own product line, Beautiful Hold Hairspray and a flat iron to get the hair sleek and smooth then pony-tailed it close to the nape of the neck. He then teased the ponytail for texture and worked it into a chignon using large hair pins. A long scarf was wrapped around the head once then twisted to give an added layer of texture.
Christian McCulloch For Mac Cosmetics keyed the Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface inspired makeup look. Models had on a full face of makeup with a metallic navy smoky eye, coral blusher and a matte orange lipstick pressed into the lip. The look was kept modern and fresh by using minimal foundation or none at all and keeping the brows full and natural.
The nails were done by Nonie Creme with Butter London and were actually press-on nails for the show, but you can get the look on your own with a half moon of black (Jack Black) at the base of the nail and a mushroom taupe (Yummy Mummy) on the other half of the nail.
Overall the complete look was beautifully done; modern, glamorous ,and wearable, a perfect pairing with Vena Cava’s strong yet feminine designs.
[Images via Jen Paelmo & Style.com]
I loved Nelson Vercher’s (key hair stylist for Rita Hazan Salon) description of the hair design for this season’s runway. In a failed attempt to be swanky by using my “professional” hair stylist lingo, I described the hair style as something that looked “floral inspired.” Nelson thought for a minute and replied…”hmmmm… I was really going for ‘HAT.’ I had to giggle a little. The look was actually beautifully wearable (I ended up wearing it the next day) with a new, flatter dimension and fresh unkempt texture, hat hair for all to enjoy! Simply place your chignon off to the side and higher then ear level, tease your ponytail and pin the chignon very flat in order to create that ‘hat-like’ shape.
The makeup was minimalist but beautifully fresh. With almost nothing on the skin, Lisa Butler for Mac Cosmetics created a look that used shadow from colors already found in the skin and inspired by the ‘sugared almond’ color that ran through Costello Tagliapietra’s collection. What I thought was especially new and cool to try out was the mascara placement which Lisa concentrated through the center of the eyes on the top and bottom lashes. This creates a really doll-like roundness to the eye. I want to give a shout-out to my friend Moises who was doing makeup backstage at the show (he’s the one in the black hat) he’s a FANTASTIC makeup artist and a wonderful friend
Anyways, go ahead – try out the makeup look and wear your hat hair proudly!