@ Derek Lam S/S 2012 @ Derek Lam S/S 2012

On hand for, Orlando Pita for PHYTO created a sleek, pulled back hair style inspired by architect Richard Neutra’s organic west coast homes. Pita used Phytovolume Actif onto the hair to begin with, and for models with damaged hair, he used Phyto 7 Daily Hydrating Cream on the ends. He pulled the hair into a pontayil and wrapped it with elastic and used Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hair Spray. To add sheen and hold, he applied Phyto Professional Shine Defining Wax to the ponytail.

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On hand for, Tina Turnbow for Bare Escentuals created the makeup look, Ted Gibson styled the hair, and Deborah Lippmann designed the nail look at the Lela Rose show.

The inspiration was about using different colors and textures found in vintage Las Vegas photography. Tina Turnbow used bare Minerals SPF 15 Foundation, bare Minerals Midnight Big & Bright Eyeliner Pencil, bare Minerals Blush, bare Minerals Flawless Deifnition Mascara, and bare Minerals Charisma Pretty Amazing Lipcolor. Ted Gibson styled the hair into elegant twists using Ted Gibson Built it, Tame It, and Beautiful Hold Hair Spray. For nails, Deborah Lippmann selected Believe.

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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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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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