It was masculine meets feminine backstage at Nicole Miller’s fall show.
James Kaliardos, for MAC Cosmetics, said he was inspired by Jerry Hall in the early Seventies, “when she was wearing three-piece suits. It’s still drop dead gorgeous but there intensity in the eye area,” he said. “It’s like she’s saying, ‘don’t f–k with me.’” Kaliardos used BB Cream as foundation and Barefaced Blush on the contour and the apples of cheeks. He then hollowed out eyes with Fashion Fix Prolongwear Eyeshadow and created the same shape but smaller with Scarab green MAC Pro Eyeshadow. “It’s a light lid and heavy in the crease,” said Kaliardos, who used paint pot “camel coat” in the center of the eyelid, curled top lashes and applied one coat of Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash on the top. Brushes were groomed, brushed upwards with Clear Brow Set. Oyster ProCream Shadow was used on cheekbones and the inner corner of the eyes for highlight. Lips were softened with lip conditioner and given a coating of a “mauve nude” lipstick. “It’s a play on masculine and feminine,” he said. When asked about beauty trends for fall, Kaliardos said he was hoping for brightness. “I love color on the eye or a bright lip,” he said, naming hot pink, orange and orange-red as colors to watch for.
Kevin Ryan for RSession Tools, created runaway-inspired style and “dry texture” with plenty of dry shampoo and a double barrel Iron. Ryan began by applying Aveda Phomollient styling foam before infusing in a soft wave with a new RSession double barrel tool called Tidal Wave, launching in the spring. “One barrel is large and one is small,” he said. “It’s not your average curl.” He then added volume by “fluffing hair” with ample amounts of Oribe Dry Shampoo. “She’s a bit of a fighter but it still feels easy,” he said.
Nails, created by Butter London global color ambassador, Katie Hughes, referenced “a girl who dresses like a boy.” There were three iterations: a “teal mossy green” called Stag Do, a “rock chic” shade, created by layering Royal Navy with Wallis, a glimmering gold, and a blue, jeweled look, created with Royal navy and a custom chrome shade, used as a “single finger embellishment.” The still unnamed metallic hue will be available in summer 2013. Looking to spring, Hughes predicted “lots of embellishment and metallics — like bronze and gold — to show off gorgeous tans,” Hughes said, also predicting “grown up nail art,” half moons, pointed long nails and pastels. “Everything goes now,” said Hughes, who began each look with Butter’s Nail Foundation and finished each with P.D. Quick Top Coat.