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Chipped-Looking Nails At L.A.M.B.

No one knows cool manicures better than our good friend Taryn Multack of the sensational nail art blog, Miss LadyFinger. We thought we’d utilize her expertise this season and send her backstage at L.A.M.B. to see what fun look Color Club was whipping up. Like a pro, she got the deets on the presentation’s edgy design, which is surprisingly easy to replicate.

Retro-punk was the vibe backstage at Saturday’s L.A.M.B. presentation. Accordingly, nails were only half-painted to achieve a unique worn effect. “We wanted to emphasize the edginess of the L.A.M.B. collection,” said Alicia Torello, the lead manicurist for Color Club, “so we are going for a purposefully chipped look.”

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Luminescent Smokey Eyes at Rachel Antonoff

The show: Rachel Antonoff

Makeup: Keri Blair for M.A.C. Cosmetics

Hair: Jenny Balding for Cutler Salon

Nails: Candice Manacchio for CND

The vibe: Dreamy moon maiden. Rachel Antonoff is known for her hyper-cute aesthetic, but her latest collection is a foray into more grown-up territory. The nocturnal vibe of her presentation (the setting was a pier at night) translated into the models’ sophisticated eye makeup. Layers of overlapping brown and gold shadows created a multi-dimensional effect that mimicked light reflecting on water. “I wanted to build a transparent look with sheer layers of color,” lead makeup artist Keri Blair explained.

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Bold Brows and Cherry Red Lips at Wes Gordon

The show: Wes Gordon

Hair: Bumble and bumble

Makeup: Charlotte Willer for Maybelline

Nails: CND

The Vibe: Strong, defined brows and provocative red lips competed for the spotlight at the Wes Gordon show this afternoon. “We’re going for a youthful, feminine look that reflects the tailored collection,” lead makeup artist Charlotte Willer said. Willer and her crew filled in models’ brows with Maybelline’s Master Shape Brow Pencil and saturated their lips with Very Cherry No. 635. Eyes were left intentionally bare with nary a trace of shadow, liner, or mascara, while the subtly contoured cheeks came courtesy of two different shades of blush: Dream Bouncy Blush in No. 60 and No. 5.

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Gucci Westman Used Three Different Liners for Rag & Bone Look

Show: rag & bone

Hair: Guido, Redken

Makeup: Gucci Westman, Revlon

The Vibe: Rock ‘n’ Roll traveler. “The look is as if Patti Smith lived in India,” said Gucci Westman, Revlon’s global artistic director. “I wanted the skin to be really porcelain-y and the eyes to be sort of rough.” To give the complexion a cooler effect, Westman layered primers, a little bit of white foundation, and some luminizers. But the emphasis was really all on the eyes. “I am doing different textures of eyeliner and only on the bottom,” said Westman who used not one, not two, but three different black Revlon liners: the Crème Gel Liner, the Luxurious Color Eye Liner, and the Liquid Liner.

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Katie Gallagher Creates A Militia of Nomadic Earth Women

The Show: Katie Gallagher

Hair: Cesar Ramirez at Dop Dop

Makeup: Robert Greene, M.A.C. Cosmetics

Nails: Fleury Rose for Color Club

The Vibe: The forest was the inspiration behind Katie Gallagher’s show, so it should come as no surprise that green was a pervasive color theme. Lead M.A.C. makeup artist, Robert Greene, created bold, bright eyes using Lime shadow over Charcoal shadow. “I’m using really unconventional colors to create a new kind of smokey eye,” explained Greene. “We’re extending the color really far down on the lower section and doing tons of blending so it’s like a watermark with no edges.” To emphasize the eyes, the rest of the face was kept monotone, with pale lips, a bit of tawny blush, and no mascara. 

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Follow #BBbackstage for Behind the Scenes Fashion Week Coverage!


Want the inside scoop from backstage at your favorite designers’ shows during fall 2012 fashion week? You’re in luck! Birchbox editors have scored some of the hottest tickets in town and will be sharing backstage Tweets and pictures using the hashtag #BBbackstage. Fashion week kicks off today, so keep your eyes peeled.


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