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Escape With Essie

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essieThe fashion world may be focused on Fall 2014, but Essie released a nail polish line this month designed to complement resortwear—and after schlepping through the slush during Winter Storm Pax, I could use a beach retreat right about now. But seeing as there are still weeks of shows ahead, a manicure will just have to suffice. The four lacquers in the range are reminiscent of the hues that populated designers’ collections in June: Resort Fling (a coral similar to Look 9 at Ralph Rucci), Cocktails & Coconuts (a sand comparable to the camel-colored leather separates at Alexander Wang), Find Me an Oasis (an icy blue like that of the delicate dress in Look 9 at Chloé), and Under the Twilight (a rich plum parallel to Look 15 at 3.1 Phillip Lims’s collection). And at $8.50 a bottle, everyone can afford to dip a toe (or finger) in paradise.

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

Boy Meets Girl Backstage At Erdem

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erdemAn androgynous and distinctly tough girl debuted at Erdem today in place of the feminine, and often plaited, muse we’re so used to seeing. “Let’s put it this way: If there were boys in the show, they would be wearing exactly the same makeup—it’s a bit like Mick Jagger or Keith Richards,” explained face painter James Kaliardos. Using NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, he evened out models’ skin before applying a touch of Optimal Brightening Concentrate over top to lend a moist finish. On cheeks, the Matte Multiple in Altai (launching for Spring 2014) was dotted into the hollows and blended to lend a sunken, almost bony impression. A touch of Radiant Creamy Concealer was applied to lids, while the matte charcoal shade from the Paris Duo was buffed into the inner corners of the eyes. For extra definition, Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto was rimmed along the upper and inner waterlines, and a grayish cream shadow was worked through arches to add strength to brows.

The undone updos created by hair pro Anthony Turner also played up the masculine theme—with both a severe side part and “comb-over” in front. To achieve the look, Turner applied L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Full Volume Mousse 5 to give hair guts and Tecni Art Fresh Dust (a dry shampoo) for a fluffy texture. Strands were pulled over the forehead and secured with a bobby pin, and the remaining length was pinned up in the back (the finished product resembled a messy French twist)—leaving just a few loose strands cascading around the face.

Nails were pale and ghostly, with manicurist Anatole Rainey creating a four-tiered ombré effect using Essie Allure. Let’s just say we’ll be stealing a few of these beauty moves inspired by Jagger come spring.

Easy Elegance at Altuzarra

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AltuzarraThe look created for the half-French, half-American designer by makeup artist Tom Pecheux and hairstylist Odile Gilbert was based around one word: purity.

Pecheux kept the focus on the classic matte red lip—a combo of MAC Red Lipmix topped with Pigment in Basic Red. The lids were kept simple, applying a Pure White Paint Stick with his fingertips from the lash line to brow bone, and on the outer corners of the eye as a highlight. He set this with powder shadow in Gesso to eliminate shine, using a large, soft brush. “If you use something very hard, [the color] is going to be very opaque and you will look like a panda,” Pecheux said, which is definitely not on trend this season (or ever).

The hair was equally as easy, with Gilbert making an imperfect middle part, blow-drying strands with Kérastase Mousse Bouffante, and sealing split ends with Fibre Architecte. Hair was then scraped back into a low ponytail and secured with a white elastic. She used a curling iron to add “movement” to the tail and polished everything off with Laque Dentelle hair spray.

An updated and forgiving French manicure—painted with Essie Vanity Fairest and Allure—was the finishing touch. “When you use sheer colors, you don’t have to worry about the line being perfect,” said manicurist Michelle Saunders. And good thing, because who really has the time (or skills) for that?

Photo: Ivan Lattuada/Indigitialimages

Hand-Painted Hair and “Futuristic” Makeup, Backstage at Alexis Mabille Haute Couture

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Alexis-Mabille-Backstage-Beauty-Haute-CoutureHairstyles that are created to complement a collection’s clothes often turn out better than those that introduce an entirely new theme or idea; hairstyles that are created with a collection’s clothes often turn out even better. “It’s Boldini, but modern and more abstract,” Odile Gilbert said backstage at Alexis Mabille referencing the Italian painter whose flowing brushstrokes guided much of Mabille’s Couture designs—including those that made their way on top of models’ heads. “They’re flowers,” Gilbert explained of the pieces of hand-painted tulle that she took from select dresses and shellacked onto a Mexican-style head-wrapping technique that required copious amounts of professional-grade gel. “It’s a lot of work,” she admitted, combing product through panels of hair to create a sleek base for the fabric appliqués-turned-hair-accessories.

To keep it all from skewing too romantic—and to add a “touch of the futuristic” to the equation—makeup artist Carole Colombani dusted a mix of MAC Blush in Prism and its Sculpting Powder in Sculpt high onto the cheekbones and along the temples, cutting the light pink color with a sheer wash of its matte white Eye Shadows in Gesso and Blanc Type that extended from the outer corners of models’ lids. Then, mixing MAC Pigment in Silver with its Mixing Medium to create a molten-pewter effect, Colombani traced just the inner corners of the upper lash line with the metallic hue that was revisited on nails in the form of Essie’s No Place Like Chrome polish, which was dotted with alabaster moons. And lest you forget this was a Haute Couture beauty look, not your average ready-to-wear affair, false lashes upped the glamour quotient while lips were individualized per girl, using a blend of MAC Lipmixes in Fuchsia, Midtone Nude, and White.

Photo: Getty Images