NYFW Fall 2012: Backstage Secret Weapons

Secrets that helped create some of NYFW most gorgeous hair and makeup moments.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 10, 2012

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NAHM featured a “Sugared Neutral” nail with pink undertones custom blended by CND Colour’s Angi Wingle. The strong nude nails looked flawless with model’s teal green wingtipped eyes.

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Makeup artists backstage at Tracy Reese created a deep teal stripe on the eyelid by using Mally Roncal Eyeliner in Jade.

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Models at the Joy Cioci show flaunted seductive fishnet tipped nails created by CND Colour in the shades Blackjack and Putty.

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At Doo.Ri, a sleek bun was acheived by smoothing the hair with Kerastase Nutritive Nutridefense Spray and adding hold with L’Oreal’s legendary Elnett Satin Hairspray.

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All eyes were on the colorful “Time Machine” nail designs at Nicole Miller, which were all hand-painted with CND Colour nail polish. Wanda Ruiz, CND’s creative director, tells us that four colors were used to create the spiral: Plumville, Electric Orange, Bicycle Yellow and Anchor Blue.

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Backstage at Cynthia Rowley, lead hairstylist Duffy created free-flowing, voluminous hair by lightly drying with Amika’s NRG Professional Hair Dryer before creating tight spiral curls with the Amika 13 mm Curler.

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A radiant silver and gray eye makeup design was created at Cushine et Ochs by using a dab of MAC’s Platinum Pigment on the inner corners of the eyes, Teddy Eye Kohl around the lash line, and dark brown Cream Color Base to create a smoky, winged look at the eye crease.

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At Theory, Jin Soon Choi for CND designed clean and sophisticated pink nails with CND Colour in Marshmallow Rose. The nail blended seamlessly with woven metallic and neutral fabrics, leather skirts and modern silhouettes.

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A red lip took center stage at the Tadashi Shoji show, where lead makeup artist Luc Bouchard used MAC’s Crimson Lipmix for the perfect pout.

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Backstage at the Tadashi Shoji show, China Glaze nail artists swiped on a few coats of Prey Tell, a rich crimson.


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The hair at Cushnie et Ochs was all about creating faux “just out of the shower” strands. To achieve the look of wet hair, stylists used Pantene Pro-V’s Thick Medium-Thick Smooth Definition Gel and Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm.

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Denim blue nails were spotted on the runway at Rebecca Taylor thanks to OPI’s Road House Blues nail lacquer.

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