@ Zero + Maria Cornejo S/S 2012 @ Zero + Maria Cornejo S/S 2012

I went backstage at the Zero + Maria Cornejo show yesterday with, as they had Nonie for Butter London on nails, Amika for hair tools, and Martin Cullen PHYTO for hair.  On the toe nails was one coat of Cheek Chops topped with one coat of Hen Party (which is an opalescent top coat), while on fingernails, it was two coats of Hen Party followed by matte top coat for a matte look overall. The hair was done in elegant twists and then pulled back in a criss-crossed manner.  The hair look was rather complex and intense–each model at two people working on them!

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Stila for @ Alice + Olivia S/S 2012

Stila @ Alice + Olivia S/S 2012

Sarah Lucero, who is a Stila Pro Artist for, created the look at Alice + Olivia today. She used (all Stila products) One Step Correct, Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, and Brighten & Correct Concealer on the face. For the eye, she used In the Garden Eyeshadow Palette, Mystic Eyeshadow, Electric Sparkle Eyeliner, and Aquamarine Jewel Eyeshadow. The models had to keep their eyes closed for a minute or so to allow the liquid eyeliner to dry. She used Gerbera Convertible Color on cheeks with Lillium Convertible Color on lips. To finish, she used Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black along the upper lash line, Glamoureyes Mascara on lashes, and Topaz Kajal Eyeliner on the lower lash line.

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MAC @ Erickson Beamon S/S 2012

Makeup @ Erickson Beamon S/S 2012

More photos of the look by MAC – more like the step-by-step process, which I felt really privileged to watch as Chantal Miller (MAC Senior Artist) go through and demo for the other artists. They did a few different color combinations as well. I’m hoping to get more information about what they used in the next day or two!

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Makeup, Hair, & Nails @ Erickson Beamon S/S 2012

Makeup, Hair, & Nails @ Erickson Beamon S/S 2012

WOW! The styling at Erickson Beamon was ridiculous–and I mean that in the best way! After seeing a lot of nude/neutral colors and looks at other shows, it’s such a breath of fresh air!

Nonie from Butter London for created pops of color on the nails using a neon orange, chartreuse, magenta (with a little touch of shimmer), and teal. The magenta and teal shades are definitely part of the spring/summer collection but she hasn’t decided whether the other two will come out (I totally voted for chartreuse!). They put a different color on each fingernail and toenail. The backstage area was so cramped, there were Butter London team members sitting on the floor and crunched in some really awkward-looking positions!

PHYTO for was styling the hair, which was sleek and twisted to wrap around each side and pulled into a ponytail. It was designed to be understated, because the makeup and nails were already so bold and vibrant.

MAC was responsible for the makeup. Chantal Miller, MAC Senior Artist, was the key artist for the makeup look, and she used a lot of PRO products, like Paintsticks, Glitters, and Pigments. The models also wore hand-cut paper lashes, which the models said were odd at first but after a few minutes, they were used to them. Lots and lots of glitter along the brow bone and underneath the eye, as well as a bold lip with more glitter patted on top. It was a superstar team back there; I also spotted Senior Artists Fatima, Romero, and Neil (UK) at work. (Fatima even told me she reads Temptalia, which was totally a “No way!” moment for me.)

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After VPL, I headed to Erin Fetherston with the team to check out the hair styling by Alterna and nails by Butter London.  There were four different styles for hair, 60s inspired with a sexy-without-spending-an-hour-on-it kind of hair. My favorite was the twisted chignon with a little oomph and volume using Alterna Bamboo products in Volume Uplifting Root Blast, Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, and Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray. Butter London’s Nonie customized the nail color (dubbed “Patent Pink”) by mixing Pink Ribbon and Tea with the Queen together.

It’s really pretty crazy backstage – the set-up at Erin Fetherston was so small (smallest of all the shows I’ve been to so far).  It’s like organized chaos, I suppose, because everyone manages to get done what they need to get done in time for the show to go on.  I also want to thank everyone who recommended Cole Haan shoes, because though my feet hurt from all the walking at the end of the day, I don’t (yet) have blisters!  I’ve got a few more shows to recap, so stay tuned!

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Makeup, Hair, Nails @ VPL S/S 2012

Phyto, Amika, Butter London, Cle de Peau @ VPL S/S 2012

The first show I headed off to was for VPL, which was held at Chelsea Piers, and I went along with the team. It’s amazing how much time it takes to prepare all of the models before the show can actually start. You see manicurists on their knees trying to get the model’s nails done in a couple of minutes, while a hair stylist or makeup artist is maneuvering around them to complete hair/makeup.

Phyto (products) and Amika (tools) did hair for, while Butter London did nails for The hair was slicked back for that “just out of the shower” look (I didn’t know that could be a trend–will make my life easier!). Everyone kept the hair nets and towels in their hair until the very last possible moment. Nonie from Butter London went with one coat of Butter London’s Nail Foundation as a base coat topped with Tea with the Queen, a nude shade, on top. She advised that a base coat is imperative when doing nude nails, because many nudes are prone to streaking without one.

Cle de Peau was responsible for the makeup look at the show, which was a very neutral, subdued look. They used new-for-spring (2012!) products for the look. They used #208 Eye Color Quad, which is filled with bronzy shades, on the eyes with #12 Gold Luminizing Face Enhancer on the cheeks to highlight. For lips, they used #206 Sweete Watermelon Enriched Lip Luminizer (which is a new formula and will be available with refills).

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