HAIR: Odile Gilbert for Aveda
NAILS: Roxanne Valinoti for CND
THE SCOOP: Inspired by photographer Irving Penn's iconic black and white photography, the clothes at Jason Wu's Fall 2010 collection balanced ladylike femininity with masculine accents - and the beauty look enhanced the palette of blacks, whites and grays seen on the runway.
With an outwardly glow that made the models appear they were "looking into a reflective pool at night," eyes took center stage and glistened in shades of silver and gold that corresponded with subtle threads of color found throughout the collection.
Hair was inspired by the film The Piano, with an elegant yet unpretentious low ponytail swept into a simple bun with pieces of hair gently falling out from the front and caressing the face for a casual yet flirtatious look.
Nails were custom-blended as per Wu's request for a signature color that perfectly balanced feminine and masculine energies for a neutral, yet industrial look.
GET THE LOOK MAKEUP: Skin was hydrated and kept bare as a canvas for the main attraction; the eyes. In the silver look, Crush Metal Pigment in Platinum was swept onto lids and blended with water for a more translucent, watercolor-like hue - and Cream Color Base in Pearl was pressed into the center lid to create a luminous reflection. In the gold version, Crush Metal Pigment in Golden Lemon was applied to the lid and crease instead. Lips stayed neutral and plump with Lip Conditioner.
GET THE LOOK HAIR: After a quick blowout, Smooth Infusion Styling Prep was combed through hair and then fastened into a low ponytail. Black elastic was then weaved around the ponytail in a criss-cross pattern for hold and design, and then hair was twisted into a simple, sexy bun with flyaway pieces in the front left for an undone look. "We want that natural feeling of being very feminine, in a sexy but not fussy way," said Gilbert.
GET THE LOOK NAILS: To create the custom color blend of masculine and femininity that Wu requested, CND began with one coat of silver chrome - the masculine - with two coats of putty - the warm, semi-sheer pink feminine on rounded square nails. Super matte top coat gave the resulting neutral gray an industrial, urban edge.
Video - Michelle Goldberg