Jewelers Erickson Beamon have a lot to be proud of: imagination, spunk, edgy and classic jewelry as well as the claim to fame of dressing the First Lady and Lady Gaga. The company was founded by Detroit natives Karen & Eric Erickson and Vicki Beamon.
At the New York Fashion Week Winter 2012/13 Backstage Beauty, we discovered a completely retro look going on–with some real edge.
Nails: Honey for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for Beauty.com (in colors Vintage, Inky and Chalkboard)
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (a recent debut on the site), gave the models a deep, dark ombre nail look. David Klassfeld for OCC said that the look was very “German Cabaret of the 1920s” and the makeup reflects that. “The nails are very Sally Bowles inspired, with dark green and blues and reds, each of which has a wash of black,” says Klassfeld. “So it comes out as an ombre effect.”
You can get the look by doing it with a couple of shades: you start with the lighter color first (a dark green shade called Blackboard and painted all the way to the tip of the nail); once that’s dry, then stamp the black shade onto the nail with a stamp from a craft store, then seal it with the top coat in Shellac’d which is “super super glossy” and get a great finish to the nail.
Hair: Salon AKS for Phyto Haircare, Beauty.com
There were two variations of a look, and the “1920s and 1930s served as inspiration, especially the sculpted finger wave.” One of the looks was a bit more extreme and in this version the back of the hair is very textured. For girls with longer hair, “we’re pinning it to get that bob look.” The way you can get that finger wavy texture is by taking a tailbone (an oval Bobby Pin –Scunci supplied No-Slip Grip Oval pins for the show), wrapping a the hair around the pin and using a flat iron to set it so that the look is more “crimped” but “softer and more romantic.” It’s very Great Gatsby and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Here’s how to get the look at home: prep your hair with PhytoActif volumizing spray, use the Phytomist leave-in conditioner to detangle the hair, and create a wet, sleek finger wave with Phyto Professional Wet Gel. Finish with a holding spray that’s workable and flexible.
Skin: Arcona for Beauty.com
This is a really dramatic eye, so the skin has to look flawless–so we have to hydrate,” says Bethany Wojtech, Director of Sales and Marketing for Arcona. Since everything in Arcona is natural, the products don’t irritate the skin too much. The models’ skin were also prepped with a Serum and a Hydrating Peptide Complex: the Complex itself helps prevent parched skin because all the models “take a lot of makeup on and off” says Wojtech. The Hyaloronic Acid component in the Peptide Complex plumps the skin. Another product used for hydration was Arcona’s Magic White Ice Gel. The Eye Dew illuminates the undereye area and is nourishing –just enough to keep the skin flexible. It also has light reflecting particles to make anyone look gorgeous on the catwalk. Use the AM Acne lotion if you breakout.
Makeup: Fatima for MAC Cosmetics
“It’s vintage glamor with a modern sensibility to it,” says Fatima. She used wafer thin layers of different looks and used creams to build suppleness first then powders to build the tint. She started with MAC Pro Black Paintstick to “sculpt the skin.” For lighter skin colored girls, Fatima started with a sculpting cream in Coffee Walnut and then used the MAC Pro Black Paintstick. She also used a MAC eyeshadow in carbon, a satiny black pigment called Dark Soul and depending on the color of the girls’ skin, she used a copper or silver shades on the outside and inner eyes to create a “dome shaped lid.” Models wore false lashes. The lip color was an “oldie but goodie” — a shade called MAC Lip Mix –a very raw lip color available only on MAC PRO.
As to how every day women can wear this look, Fatima advises, “take this look and dial it down a notch.” Wise words!