A model waits to don her runway clothing backstage at Ruffian Spring 2011. Photo: Getty Images


Backstage at the Ruffian Spring 2011 show at New York Fashion Week, strong, confident, iconic Hollywood beauties of yore were channeled via hues of peach and pink with in-your-face nails that give a modern update.

MAKEUP: Janes Kaliardos for MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Neil Moodie for Bumble & Bumble
NAILS: Amanda Fontanarrosa for CND
SNAPSHOT: Vintage-Nouveau Lady Luxe

Monogram moon manicures at Ruffian. Photo: Julia DiNardo for StyleList

THE SCOOP: Ruffian's Spring 2011 collection was an ode to screen sirens and women who travel to exotic locales, making their mark on the world with their signature looks and attitude as much as their style. The silken fabrications, dusted gold, and feminine detailing found in the clothes seamlessly made their way into the hair and makeup -- and the nails did all the talking.

James Kaliardos for M.A.C. called upon Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Hutton to create the makeup, and told us that he predicts gold as a big color for Spring 2011. "The collection is based on a woman who has traveled, in particular the French Foreign Legion, so the hair Is a fresh summer look, but still giving the look of a woman who has been working -- while still maintaining the sex appeal," Neil Moodie for Bumble & Bumble told StyleList. The idea was to make the hair look "A little bit wet, like she's just come out of the desert." For nails, Amanda Fontanarossa for CND created the monogram moon look, a mixing of two shades topped off with a dark moon and Ruffian monogram.

GET THE LOOK-MAKEUP: Kaliardos says that the makeup is a look Michelle Obama wears, and that the average woman can wear it everyday quite easily. For face and body start with Select Moisture Cover and go next for the Lady Blush, placed high on the cheeks with some Refined Deep Bronze on the temples and cheeks. With the eyes, go for a layered effect, starting with Pearl OCB all over, then move onto Centre Stage and Rose Gold pigments. Black Plus #33 lashes were applied to the models lashes, but Kaliardos recommends using individual lashes to easily attain the look at home. For the lips, start with Dim Liperase followed by So Vein Kissable Lip Color, applied with a lip blush. Overall, James suggests using a peachy/pinky color on the lips, and for darker skin tones, skew the lip color with more brown. All products by MAC Cosmetics.

GET THE LOOK-HAIR: "It's kind, of a chignon, but the texture has been changed," Moodie explained. To get this look, don't blow dry, just use one to two products and your fingers (so easy, we love that!). Start out with the hair in a low side part, and work in Bumble and Bumble Straight to help hair look moist and shiny, running it through with your fingers. Next, add Bumble and Bumble medium hold gel and wrap the hair into a chignon. The final look is slightly undone, so go ahead and rifle through the chignon a bit with your fingers.

A model gets made up backstage at Ruffian Spring 2010. Photo: Getty Images



GET THE LOOK-NAILS: The almond nail shape and the moon manicure is inspired by prior decades, with a Ruffian logo stamped atop custom-blended color to make a stark contrast. The get the pale, neutral shade, mix one coat of CND Putty with one coat of CND Washed Down White. For the "moon" use CND Blackjack, with a top layer of CND Air Dry for a shiny finish.

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