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If designer Zac Posen’s Fall 2013 collection is any indicator of beauty trends to come, burgundy is about to have a major moment. Backstage models were sporting glossy, port-wine manis and deep plum lips. Essie’s lead manicurist Michelle Saunders told us that the lacquer hue  was chosen to match several evening dresses in the designer’s collection.

To create the look, Saunders and her crew applied two coats of essie’s Carry On. The crimson shade looked smashing, and its very apt name appropriately described the post-Nemo mood backstage.

MAC’s key makeup artist Kabuki contrasted ethereal white eye shadow with a wow-factor pout to build on the collection’s rich color story, outlining lips with the Pencil NC15 in Vino Lip Liner to keep lipstick smudge- and crease-free. Next, he applied MAC’s Lip Mix in Burgundy with a slim makeup brush.

Elaborating on the color, Kabuki explained, “I had Tilda Swinton in the back of my mind.” The finished look definitely evoked the regal actress’s elegance and boldness.


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How To: Do the Color-Blocked Nails from the Veronica Beard Show

One of my favorite aspects of attending fashion shows in February is that many of the upcoming cold-weather beauty looks on display for fall are totally wearable right now. Perfect example: Thursday’s Veronica Beard show, where lead manicurist Michelle Saunders used a trio of ruddy Essie polishes to create a very cool color-blocking effect. More specifically, Saunders and her team showcased All Tied Up for the moon, Berry Hard on the tips (check out our video on how to get a moon and colored French mani), and Brownie Points in the middle. “I always suggest you use the lightest color at the moon, because it will really pop,” says Saunders. “And the darkest color at the tip because it gives a really a nice elongation at the nail.”


Check out more exclusive backstage pics on the Birchbox NYFW site.