Gothic ballerinas hit the carnival at backstage at Marc Jacobs Spring 2010. Photo: Elizabeth Lippman

MAKEUP: Francois Nars, founder of Nars cosmetics
HAIR: Guido Palau for Redken
NAILS: OPI
SNAPSHOT: Ballerinas gone goth

THE SCOOP: The slicked-backed buns say ballerina. The graphic eyes scream carnival. And the powdered and lined brows conjour up geisha. As per usual, it's impossible to guess exactly what's going on in Marc Jacob's brilliant head, but, since he tapped makeup artist Francois Nars last season to create the amazing 80s looks for his Fall 2009 show, we do know that the beauty envelope will be pushed. No "normal" looks here, thank you very much! Our fashion editors tell us that Jacobs riffed off of deconstructed ballerinas from Russia with a tinge of Martha Graham thrown in for good measure. And according to Nars, the look portrayed a "just came off-stage" effect: "Dancers in theater and opera always have white faces, pointed lips and an eye that is drawn outward, not upward - it's very theatrical, very ballet," he said. For the whole backstage scene, check out the gallery below!

GET THE LOOK - MAKEUP: All makeup by Nars. Nars paled-out the skin with Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia, and gave the lips a wine stain with Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Pop Life. Eyes were done up with Eye Shadow Duo in Pandora, Eyeliner in Black Moon, and Stylo in Nuits Blanches, plus two pairs on faux lashes per model.
NY Mag has a video of the process.

GET THE LOOK - HAIR:
Palau pulled hair up into a tight ponytail at the back of the head. He then twisted it tightly and looped it down, pinning it into a tight bun ballerina bun. He used Redken's Glass 01 Smoothing Serum to slick back flyaways and to keep the hair shiny and in place.

GET THE LOOK - NAILS: Nude-colored OPI Nail Lacquers was on all the models fingers. Barefoot in Barcelona, Samoan Sand, Malaysian Mist and Dulce de Leche were topped with OPI Matte Nail Envy for a matte finish.

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Backstage Beauty: Marc Jacobs Spring 2010
Check out close-ups of the makeup and hair, and the general scene backstage at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 runway show.
Elizabeth Lippman
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Backstage Beauty: Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 Collection

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman

    Backstage at Marc Jacobs - Spring 2010

    Elizabeth Lippman