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A Blue Streak and Braids, Backstage at Creatures of the Wind

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creatures-of-the-windAs The Space Lady (aka Susan Dietrich, a former eighties street performer in San Francisco) blasted through the air, makeup artist James Boehmer talked about transcendence—the inspiration for the designers’ Fall collection, which faded from dark, heavy fabrics to white, airy materials. The color that began to appear by look seven was reflected in the makeup via NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Khao San Road, an electric blue shade that was applied to the lower, inner rim. “It’s more of an effect than a color,” he explained, “It makes the eyes look big, bright, dreamy, and ethereal.” Sharon Tate served as the muse for the long, fluttery lashes on both top and bottom, along with the brows that were gelled-up just in the inner corners. The dewy skin and ultra-shiny lips, however, were taken directly from a seventies Princess Leia. “She always had perfect lip gloss no matter what happened,” said Boehmer. Complexions were hydrated with NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer and cheekbones highlighted with Rosebud Salve for extra “gleam.” A blend of the forthcoming Matte Multiple in Mauritanie and Triple X Lip Gloss were “thumbed” onto models’ mouths. “It’s meant to look as if she’s just [ate] honey,” he said of the glassy finish.

Thankfully, Star Wars didn’t inspire the braid crafted by Odile Gilbert. Instead, the designers wanted something “cool,” she said. This resulted in a continuous plait that started at the crown of the head, wrapped around the front “like a bang,” and finished down the back. To prep strands, Gilbert used Kérastase Mousse Bouffante and Lift Vertige on damp hair for texture before blowing it dry, then added extensions a shade lighter than each girl’s natural color where needed. After making a side part with the pointed end of a tail comb and braiding, she roughed it up with her fingers to create “whisps” before finishing with Laque Dentelle hairspray and Touche Perfection cream for shine. “Don’t be afraid to destroy,” she told a stylist on her team as he watched in horror as she roughed up his perfect plait. The finished look took all of five minutes. “It’s like a little hat,” Gilbert quipped.

The “water-marbled” nails by manicurist Katie Jane Hughes also had an outer space reference (although there was no mention of Jedi Knights). After applying a base coat of Butter London Nail Lacquer in Trallop or Teddy Girl, Hughes applied a drop of Diamond Geezer, Billy No Mates, Yummy Mummy, Pearly Queen, and Posh Bird into a bowl of water. After swirling the shades with a stick, she gently dipped the nude or pink tip into the floating pattern. The result was reminiscent of “agate” or “cosmic environments,” she said. Hughes made the technique look relatively easy, but if you try this one at home, may the force be with you.

Photo: Getty

The Fab Five: Winter Whites

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The blustery weather has subsided…at least for today. Keep the polar vortex spirit alive with these white-hot products. Considering the multiple appearances this shade made on the Spring 2014 runways—ranging from Altuzarra to Ralph Lauren—expect it to reign long after the ice has melted.

Napoleon Perdis China Doll Gel Eyeliner in Yang: Run a thin band of this creamy alabaster formula across your top lashes à la Kenzo Spring 2014, or use it all over your lid as a smudge-proof shadow base.

$25, napoleonperdis.com

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer in Stardust: Top off your go-to lipstick with this limited-edition shade, or wear it alone to add a hint of multidimensional shimmer to a bare mouth.

$30, guerlain.com

Formula X for Sephora in Cloud Nine: Inspired by the French manicure, this translucent polish provides a wash of white in just one coat. Add another layer for a more opaque finish.

$10.50, sephora.com

Butter London Wink Cream Eye Shadow in Alabaster Gaze: Frost your lids with this silvery hue, or dab it on just the inner corners of your eyes for a brightening effect.

$18, butterlondon.com

Jin Soon Nail Polish Toppings in Polka White: Like a blizzard in a bottle—matte, white glitter pieces suspended in a clear base look like freshly fallen snow over your standard polish job.

$18, jinsoon.com (available in March)

Oil’s Well

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A nail-polish color that has continually caught my eye this season can only be compared to a man-made disaster: an oil spill. And while I promise you I have a heart and that those Dawn commercials with ducklings covered in the slick stuff get me every time, this shimmery, multifaceted hue on fingertips is, dare I say it, unexpectedly chic. Whether you prefer an opaque finish (such as Essie’s For the Twill of It and RGB Nail Color in Dusk) or a sheer top coat (like Butter London’s Petrol Overcoat), this purple-gray metallic that changes with the light is reminiscent of the New York City streets after a downpour. Even better: No baby animals were harmed in the creation of this strangely beautiful shade.

Photo: Getty Images; Courtesy of Essie, RGB, and Butter London

Clean Sweep

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butterlondonAs the keeper of all things beauty, I get a lot of requests from co-workers. But they are not, as you might imagine, for a million dollar face cream or the sold-out shade of Chanel Le Vernis (although I do, from time to time, get asked about those things as well). It’s often the practical products that people are jonesing for: nail files, bobby pins, deodorant, dry shampoo, etc. In other words, I know who slept at home last night and who didn’t, who hasn’t washed their hair in days, and who is in desperate need of a manicure. I suppose, my side job is keeper of dirty (literally) secrets. What, you may ask, is the most popular item? Hands down it’s nail polish remover. Not sexy nor exciting, just necessary. I keep a community bottle in my desk accompanied by cotton pads at all times. And while I’d love to hand out those convenient, pre-packaged nail polish remover towelettes (and stash a few in my own bag for emergency situations), the bottom line is that they don’t work. I’m lucky if one manages to clean three nails. And if you’re wearing anything involving glitter, don’t even bother.

Today, however, I discovered a game changer: Butter London Scrubbers. Thick and saturated, one of these non-greasy wipes eliminate the darkest lacquers and sparkle topcoats—on all ten fingers. The slim yellow packets not only cleared space in my drawer, but erasing a two-week old manicure on the subway is now possible. After all, chips happen.

$10 for ten, www.butterlondon.com

Photo: Courtesy of Butter London

California Beauty Dreamin’

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In the age of accent nails, airbrush art, and pierced tips, service often stands second in the pursuit of the perfect (and Instagram-worthy) polish job. But Olive & June—the latest nail destination to open in Beverly Hills—is going back to basics by elevating the salon experience for the modern set. Aimed at filling the void between the hole-in-the-wall quickie shops and more time-intensive spas, Olive & June owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle teamed up with TENOVERSIX‘s beloved retailers-turned-designers, Brady Cunningham and Kristen Lee, to conceive an inviting and fully functional space. The pair, who in the past created their own nail color, Blonde on Blonde, for RGB, worked with Tuttle to blend the interior design and merchandising of the product on display. The result is an airy, California-inspired space that feeds Tuttle’s New Yorker-turned-Angeleno aesthetic. Locally made custom furniture provides a seamless transition from reception area to nail station, while a pristine wall of lacquers prominently displays an eye-catching assortment of RGB, NARS, Butter London, and other fresh hues. And true to their promise, the nail salon also takes great care to cater to your every modern-day convenience. Once you’ve safely stowed your keys and bag, iPads and Wi-Fi are at your disposal. Mani trends might come and go, but the comfort of a well-conceived salon experience never gets old.

Olive & June, 430 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California, (310) 247-0500; www.olivejune.com.

Photos: Bonnie Tsang