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Sparkly Matte Nails at Timo Weiland: Guest Blogger

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For this week’s fashion week, we couldn’t have landed a better nail correspondent (put that title on a business card!). Taryn Multack, the genius behind Miss Ladyfinger, initially started her blog as a way to translate fashion trends to manicures. Since those early days, she’s partnered with top designers and brands. She’ll be reporting all next season’s must-try hues and designs.

It’s only the first day of NYFW, but there is already a clear nail trend for Fall ’13: matte polish. Now, matte can be tricky because it can make us look washed out or sometimes even looks unfinished. But this was definitely not the case backstage at Timo Weiland.

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Zoya lead manicurist, Sunshine Outing, created a sparkly layered look using the Zoya Pixie Dust formulas (stunning sparkly polishes in subdued colors that create a matte effect). “Timo wanted a navy nail, so rather than blending it, we layered it,” she says. “To get the nail, paint one layer of Godiva, followed by a layer of Dahlia, and topped it off with Nyx. Keep in mind, the Pixie Dust line doesn’t play well with other polishes.”

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The effect is a sparkly matte navy Ladyfinger that twinkles. The best part? All three polishes are currently available in store. Go get ‘em, ladies.

—Taryn

Read all of Taryn’s posts (and watch her too-cute polka dot tutorial!).

Basquiat Goes to Hawaii: Timo Weiland Spring 2012

Designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein may have sent feminine prints and floaty chiffon down the runway during their first Lincoln Center show last night but backstage, Ouidad hairstylists and NARS makeup artists were channeling tomboys.

Taking Weiland and Eckstein’s inspiration — the artist Basquiat goes on vacation to Hawaii — as direction, Ouidad created hairstyles that were natural, soft, and a bit of a departure from her signature curls. Stylists used small amounts of Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, Tress Effects Styling Gel, and PlayCurl Volumizing Mousse on models before pulling hair into loose, low ponytails and twisting under. Some were finished with oversize, backwards baseball caps while others were twisted into more polished twists.

We also caught up with James Boehmer, Director of Global Artistry for NARS, who was responsible for the makeup backstage. The look was similarly vacation—inspired, but with a retro 70s twist. On skin, they used NARS’s new Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (out this spring) and Pressed Powder in Beach for a matte, warm look and kept the eyes neutral. The emphasis was on the bright, flushed cheeks, a nod to legendary 70s French photographer Guy Bourdain. The makeup artists used a mixture of Dolce Vita and Exhibit A Blush to get the exaggerated flush. Finally, they finished the look with beige shimmer eyeshadow down the bridge of the models’ noses and a touch of rose Vaseline down the nose and on the bow of their lips to mimic perspiration. 

-Lorelei

Keep checking back all week for our NYFW coverage! Shop all our favorite Ouidad and NARS Products in the Birchbox Shop!