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Ports 1961: Velvet Nails and Flashes of Bright for Spring 2012

At this morning’s Ports 1961 presentation (at the New York Public Library, no less), minimalist neutrals, brights, and neon accessories were paired with velvet matte nails and flashes of bright eye makeup.



The legendary Pat McGrath, working with COVERGIRL, designed the look, describing it as “bare and beautiful with a flash of bright” on the eyes. McGrath kept the look fairly clean — just a bit of shimmer on the cheeks and nude lips — to make the line of seafoam green shadow on the upper lids stand out even more. Want to recreate it at home? McGrath suggests using  COVERGIRL Intense Shadowblast Eye Shadow in Extreme Green.

Nonie Creme, Founding Creative Director of butter LONDON, created dark, matchy-matchy manis and pedis to contrast with the bright eyes and accessories. She started with Chimney Sweep, a metallic charcoal shade and covered it with their Matte Finish top coat. According to Creme, the matte finish over a metallic gives more depth and feels more contemporary than using it over a shimmer-free shade. It worked — the models’ nails has a sumptuous velvety finish. 


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