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Vena Cava Fall 2011: 90s Grunge is Back

If there was any doubt that the 90s are back in all their midriff-baring glory, Vena Cava’s Fall 2011 show yesterday solidified it. The models sported berets down the runway and the theme according to MAC stylist Christian McCulloch, was “Christy Turlington’s version of grunge.” While we’re not going to run out and buy all the floor-length skirts and cutout dresses we can get our hands on, we did love the “grunge meets rock & roll meets Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey” beauty looks happening backstage.

Click through for all the makeup, hair, and nail deets:

Glitter was the medium of choice for McCulloch, who added hardware store glitter to MAC glitter for a more dynamic shine. After applying Mixing Medium Shine (a pro product) all over the models’ lids, McCulloch applied the glitter above and below the eyes for a glam look that would stand out on the runway. The rest of the face was left fresh with just a bit of mauve pink liner (Subculture by MAC) shading in the lips. If you’re interested in getting the glitter eye look yourself, try applying as eyeliner instead of all over the lid. AND, since we all know glitter can be a huge pain to deal with, McCulloch recommended using either a clean mascara wand or a bit of masking tape to remove stray sparkles.

Ted Gibson for Beauty.com continued the elegant grunge theme with center-parted hair, styled with a mixture of his Tame It Shine Lotion and Fix It Gel. The result was a wavy, wet look that Gibson referred to as a girl who hasn’t shampooed in days, but is still chic, of course.

Finally, nails! Nonie Crème of butter LONDON was “breaking the bank of nail art” with her polish rings! Instead of going with lacquer on the nails, models sported clear topcoats and rings of butter LONDON around their fingers. Nonie used five different colors, Union Jack Black, Tramp Stamp (a brown color), Royal Navy, Scoundrel (a mauve shade), and an orange lab sample color. We predict you’ll be seeing a lot more “finger art” this spring. If you want to get ahead of the trend, make sure you’re using a three-free polish (that’s free of DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene), like butter LONDON. Swipe a bit of acetone on your fingers to remove any oils and carefully paint rings in complementary colors.

- Lorelei

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