Day two has come and gone, and a myriad of beauty looks were seen. From translucent nails to hot pink lips and watercolor eye lids, there was lots to see. Beautylish's Tara was backstage to get the tips, check out the looks, and ask the makeup artists the billions of questions we know our readers love to know all about.
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Lead makeup artist (and color genius!) Tom Pecheux described the inspiration for the show as '60s. The color palette was violet and a darker purple, with banana eyes (a wide line in the socket of the eye that has a banana shape) and pale violet eye shadow that created a stunning light and summery effect. The collection was full of graphic prints and colors, bright pops of orange, pink, and electric blue showed up in cropped pants, blazers and structured t-shirts. Rosy, nude lips offset the color in the clothing and eye makeup, and skin was just dewy and fresh.
Nails were kept simple with a sheer, iridescent pearly gray Zoya polish that looked almost transparent.
In keeping with the playfulness of the makeup, hair was parted to the side, left loose and wavy, and featured hidden streaks of tinted rose to give the girls a graphic and bold look. The pretty tone was taken directly from Peter Som's inspiration board, where roses were a favorite image.
Bright, hot pink lipstick was the main look at Luca Luca this morning. Makeup artist Gucci Westman mixed together two hues from her new collection with Revlon (Expressionists by Gucci, which comes out in October) to create the vivid lip color—I'm dying to get my hands on both shades! The rest of the face was super fresh and clean, with almost a sheen to the skin. Gucci layered lip gloss over the eye lid to give it more shine, which isn't something she recommends for real life, unless you're using a very light eye shadow, as darker colors tend to get messy. Chocolate liner was used underneath the eyes to give them a little focus, but the effect was soft enough so that the lips were still the focus.
Manicurist Jin Soon used a pretty purple with specks of sparkle, called Starry Pink, on fingers and toes. Inspired by the youthful feel of the collection, the pink was playful, but still elegant and refined.
Hair echoed the makeup, with loose, luxurious and polished waves framing models faces. Some girls were topped off with colorful turbans, adding a glamorous 70's vibe to the clothes and show.
Incredibly soft, almost ethereal makeup was used at Nahm, with makeup artist Nadine Luke letting the clothes do the talking. Vivid prints, loose, floaty fabrics, and desert inspired colors were featured in shirt dresses with Peter Pan collars and striped jumpsuits. In contrast, makeup was soft and simple. Eyes were lined all the way around with a shimmering white eye liner and lips had a darker tone.
Cute topknots ruled the runway. Hair was pulled back tightly off the models faces, and twisted into a ballerina bun at the top of their heads. Such an easy, every-girl-can-do-it look!
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A super soft color palette featured in Rebecca's show, a collection that featured a mish-mash of shapes, fabrics and styles. The almost water color tone each piece was mimicked in the makeup through a watery toned eye shadow. Makeup artist Sil Bruinsma described the look as a very early '90s Kate Moss. The water-color toned shadows in dove gray and seafoam reflected the girl that Rebecca wanted her clothes to embody, someone that likes to keep it fresh and simple, but experiment with a pop of color. For a washed out effect, Sil recommends cream products. "They're so much easier to use when you want a lighter color," he said. "And always use your fingers—being able to blend everything makes it all look better." A healthy blush gave the girls a soft glow, and brown mascara gave eyes a lift. "But not black!," said Sil, "we're only using mascara to show that the girl has eye lashes."
To complement the cool, complex designs, the OPI team used OPI Nail Polish in Stranger Tides (a gray-green pastel from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection) on fingernails. Toes were kept nude with OPI Tickle My France-y.
In keeping with Rebecca Taylor's cool girl aesthetic, hair was slicked back at the top, and left with a slight wave at the ends. The inspiration was how hair looks when you go for a swim in a pool and then twist it into a bun to get some natural wave. So all you need to create this look is some summery weather. Oh, and Redken Sea Spray.
Vivid prints in muted shades with lots of draping, gathering, and silks were featured at Costello Tagliapietra. Inspired by the ancient rainforest, Costello created the prints to mimic the various patterns found in nature. In keeping with his natural theme, makeup artist Lisa Butler kept it simple on the face. Using just one shade of cream makeup, a faded, very light bronzey orange that she blended with her fingers on on the eyes, cheeks, and lips, Lisa achieved a dewy glow that made models look as if they had basked in sunlight. She finished the look by using a big fluffy brush to smooth everything out. "This makeup is super easy to achieve," said Lisa. "Anyone can do it at home, they just need to find the right shade for their skin tone. Something that doesn't suit them really won't look great over their whole face."
Hair was natural and exotic, designed to look as if the girls had been plunged into a waterfall deep in the forest, and emerged with wet hair. "I wanted to create a texture in the hair similar to that of a woman caught in a rainforest, but with a refined elegance, " said Redken lead hairstylist Nelson Vercher. He used his fingers to comb back the strands, raking them through to give some texture, and a created a double sideway victory roll at the base of the neck. His star product to stop all that hair from slipping around: Redken Leave in Conditioner.
This summer, the clothes are bright, bright, bright. In order to offset Doo.Ri's feminine, drapey collection, Tom Pecheux created an almost nude face. "It's all about texture," said Tom, who kept the T-zone matte and played up the eyes with a sheer gold cream shadow. Eye brows were also painted gold, "like the gold is eating the brow," said Tom. Matte peach blush was used to contour the cheek. According to Tom, pink blush is too young and girly. "She looks like a goddess," said Tom. "But instead of glowy skin, she has glowy eyes."
Nails echoed the makeup, with Zoya in Helen (a flesh-toned opaque beige) to elongate the nail.
Hair was kept simple with a structured ponytail and side part. 'It's a very structured collection with flowy pieces," said Orlando Pita, "so we wanted hair to be very straight with a few flyaway bits."
Makeup was super simple at Rag & Bone, with makeup artist Gucci Westman creating the look that "every girl wants to be." The collection was fresh and sporty, and emulated that sense of British Americana easiness that Rag & Bone is known for. Girl's were almost barefaced with almost no makeup, think Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon, with only peachy, muted brown colors across the eyelids. A cream blush was used for a gorgeous, dewy look.
Redken Creative Consulting Guido created a natural bobbed look that was a nod to the rave culture of mid-'90s London. “The key to this look is the bob effect and controlling the ease of natural texture—women are sometimes afraid to have their hair messy," said Guido of the look. Guido first applied Redken Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion on damp hair and gave it a rough dry. He then created a messy center part, and placed a tight velcro accessory around the neck and over the hair to create a bob effect.