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NARS @ Mandy Coon S/S 2012

NARS @ Mandy Coon S/S 2012
NARS @ Mandy Coon S/S 2012

NARS @ Mandy Coon S/S 2012

“This collection is a graduation, of sorts, for me. I was inspired by these rocks and crystals that I’ve loved since I was a child – the texture, the metallics,” said designer Mandy Coon. “There is something so cool, and tough, about them but then the pleats in the collection add a touch of femininity.”

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizers – new for Spring 2012! For now, try a light application of Sheer Glow Foundation, Laguna Bronzing Powder
  • Eye:  Lhasa Single Eyeshadow – new for Spring 2012! For now, try the smoky lilac side of Egea Duo Eyeshadow, Douces France Trio Eyeshadow – new for Spring 2012! For now, try Goddess Soft Touch Shadow Pencil and Nymphea Single Eyeshadow, Santa Monica Boulevard Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner – new for Fall 2011!, Madison Avenue Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner – new for Fall 2011!, Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
  • Lip: Bilbao Lipstick – new for Spring 2012, Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick – new for Spring 2012

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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 Beauty.com 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 Beauty.com 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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NARS @ Joy Cioci S/S 2012

NARS @ Joy Cioci S/S 2012
NARS @ Joy Cioci S/S 2012

NARS @ Joy Cioci S/S 2012

“A free-spirited woman in pursuit of love,” said designer Joy Cioci about the inspiration behind her collection. “The pieces are effortless, but luxe with a juxtaposition of soft details and vibrant colors.”

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Tinted Moisturizers – new for Spring 2012! (for now, try a light application of Sheer Glow Founation), Orgasm Illuminator
  • Eye: Lhasa Single Eyeshadow – New for Spring 2012! (for now, try Ondine Single Eyeshadow), Corfu Cream Eyeshadow, Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
  • Lip: Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil, Heat Wave Lipstick, Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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MAC @ Suno S/S 2012

MAC @ Suno S/S 2012
MAC @ Suno S/S 2012

MAC @ Suno S/S 2012

Beauty Breakdown

  • Face: Studio Moisture Cream – hydrates and illuminates skin, Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation – buffed lightly over the skin with 188 Brush, Cake Mix Cream Eye Shadow (available S/S 2012) – applied over high planes to highlight
  • Eye: Bisque Eye Shadow – swept over the eyelids for a base, Copperplate and Satin Taupe Eye Shadows – blended together to create a custom taupe halo around the eyes, MAC Pro Shine Mixing Medium – blended with Satin Taupe Eye Shadow and applied over the eyelids for a light sheen, Cake Mix Cream Eye Shadow (available S/S 2012) – applied precisely through the inner corners of the eyes for a highlight
  • Lip: Studio Finish Concealer – used to camouflage the outer edge of lips, MAC Pro Red Lipmix – blended through the center of the lip for a “bitten” effect

Beauty.com @ Erin Fetherston S/S 2012

Beauty.com @ Erin Fetherston S/S 2012

After VPL, I headed to Erin Fetherston with the Beauty.com 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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