MAKEUP: Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Peter Gray for Moroccanoil
NAILS: Deborah Lippmann for Deborah Lippmann
SNAPSHOT: The Dark Crystal
THE SCOOP: Badgley Mischka reminded us that they are very, very good at red-carpet glamour, and always present the full package rife with similar-themed accessories, hair, makeup and nails to match the collection. Fall 2011 was no exception, as the clothes skewed into a darker palette of predominantly black with a large bling factor, also found in the beauty elements of the show.
Eyes glistened and gleamed in silvery metallic shades at the helm of Tom Pecheux, lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, who said that the look is "how to revisit Hollywood -- celebrities, makeup and glamour in the '40s to '60s. I took the dramatic red-carpet makeup and twisted it. What surprised me with Badgley Mischka this season is that it is very dramatic; a lot of black, and brings the drama that we love this season."
Peter Gray for Moroccanoil shared that "films such as 'Dark Victory,' 'All About Eve,' Catherine Deneuve in 'The Hunger,' and 'The Women,' and socialites inspired the look. There is so much crystal in the clothes; it's like a wartime party -- very beautiful." His look consisted of four separate elements: chignon, rope twist, upward rolled French pleat, and a diamanté strip adhered to a diagonal hair part. "It's important that glamour becomes accessible," Gray divulges, and recommends trying one element of the style to get a glamour element into the everyday.
Deborah Lippmann was fresh off of her return from the Grammys, with everyone backstage was abuzz over the nail she created for Lady Gaga for the awards show: a color called Yellow Brick Road, due for release in April. The nail she created for the Badgley Mischka show was equally stunning. The artificial half-moon nail had a subtle gold and silver shade as the moon, with sheer black and huge chunks of red glitter at the tip. "I created 250 artificial nail tips for the show, three to four different ones for each girl, as everyone has different-sized nailbeds," Lippmann shared. "This nail is a '50s-inspired almond shape, which is to me, the most beautiful."
GET THE LOOK - MAKEUP: All makeup by MAC Cosmetics. Use Studio Sculpt Foundation and Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder for the face. Next, heading to the eyes, use Seaside Cream Colour Base as the base, followed by Weathered Prolongwear Eye Shadow and Moody Eye Shadow in the crease. On the inner rim, create the banana-shape with the Smolder Eye Kohl and finish lashes with Hot & Naughty Lash on the top and bottom lashes, being sure to first curl the lashes. Finish the look by using One of a Kind Lipstick.
GET THE LOOK - HAIR: All products by Moroccanoil. Make a low part on one side, slightly zigzagged. Rope-twist the hair on the left side, securing in the back with an elastic. blow-dry the hair straight on the right, using Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream and a flat paddle brush. Spray Luminous Hairspray on each section, curl with a 1-inch curling iron, rolling curls upward. Let hair cool, brush out curls, backcomb a bit, and create an asymmetric French twist, starting with the temple and working back to the nape of the neck. Pull remaining hair in the back into an elastic and roll it, along with the hair from the left side, into an asymmetric chignon. Finish off with Glimmer Shine Spray, and pull a few wisps out of the top of the right-sided French plait to give a slightly disheveled look. The last step: cut a thin diamanté strip to the proper length of the part, and adhere with eyelash glue, right onto the part, which can be easily taken off with makeup remover. Secure at the base with a pin.
GET THE LOOK - NAILS: Lippmann shared the easiest way to duplicate this at home, which starts with a trip to the beauty-supply store to buy the half-moon decals. Stick the half-moons on the nail, and paint the tip in Ruby Red Slippers. Peel off the sticker and paint in the moon with Believe, using a tiny art brush. The nails can be adhered with Formula 10 Hurry Up Nail Glue Dryer. She offered a great tip to artfully achieving the moon nail: Keep your hands steady. In order to do so, be sure to either keep both arms on the table, or if you prefer to paint in the air, brace your arms into your ribs for stability.