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Sep 18, 2012

Backstage at Erickson Beamon

Backstage at Erickson Beamon the use of Swarovski Crystal accessories, the long Rapunzel braids, the nails, and the makeup gave me the feeling that I was in some sort of fairy wonderland (albeit maybe some sort of evil fairies, but fairies nonetheless).  Maybe I've read too many of the True Blood books, but fairies have scared the crap out of me as of late,  with their pointy ears and sinister fingernails... but that doesn't make their presence any less mystical/magical to me.  The presence of fairy tales, to some extent, was definitely inspiring these beauty looks in my opinion, whether it was subconscious or not.  What do you think?


Sarah Potempa led the hair team using Aussie products and her own styling tools line from Both looks required extra long extensions.  The first style seen below required nothing but some Aussie Heat Protecting Shine Spray and loose curls created with SarahPotempa Tools The Beachwaver curling iron.  For the second braided look, Sara used her “Prep It” comb from her line to tease and create volume at the top.  After creating volume, she created a low pony and turned it under into a French twist. Next she braided in extra-long extensions for a Rapunzel-esque look.  

Tina Turnbow used NYX cosmetics for this aggressive eyeliner look.  She drew a line from 1/4 of the way down the nose, through the eye’s crease, to the outer corner using NYX The Curve (a liquid liner that comes in a curved bottle to make handling easier).  Starting at the nose (where the previously drawn lane was started) Tina drew another line about a quarter of an inch below the lower lash line extending to the outer corner of the eye.  With the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Pearl, Turnbow then traced over the initial lines, smudged them, and then filled in the entire eye lid with the black pencil. Next she used the NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (white) to fill in the space between the lines she had previously created with the black eyeliners. The eyes were finished with two coats of the NYX Cosmetics’ Doll Eye Mascara in Long Lash Black.  This makeup look, clearly being all about the eyes, didn't need a bold lip color, so a wash of moisture was given with a little NYX Color Lip Balm in Sukria.  Tina finished off the look by naturally contouring the cheeks with Highlight and Contour Powder, and a little NYX Concealer Stick if needed. 

The Color Club nail team went a little bit further than usual with this nail by painting the front side, and a little of the backside, to give the illusion of the gold color (Disco Nap) shining through to the front.  The Color Club team wanted to give the nails the same feel as a piece of movie frame as it ages.  As it ages, movie film gets this gold tint around the edges, giving it a cool antique-y feel.  A little of the gold color was applied to the bottom of the nail, and the top, using a makeup sponge, before applying the silver color (What A Drag) so it all blends together.  Then the gold was applied to the back as well for emphasis.  

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