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Feb 12, 2013

New York Fashion Week: Backstage at Lela Rose Fall 2013

The look backstage at Lela Rose's Fall 2013 show was brought to us by the good folks at, who were trying to bring to life a Brothers Grimm fairy tale.  Think nymphs and sprites frolicking in a woodland forest.  The hair is mussed and the skin is eerily translucent.  

Hair: Ted Gibson

While this spritely hair is not meant for every day, we can take some lessons away from it.  The ethereal look is based all around building body in the hair, and this was done with a little Ted Gibson Build It Blowdrying Agent and a whole lot of teasing.  This product would be great for blowing hair out straight, or creating curls with a diffuser.  
Next hair was wrapped into U-shaped aluminum foil pieces to create the curl pattern Gibson wanted (at home you could use a good ole curling iron or hot rollers) and allowed to set.  After the hair was taken out of the aluminum foil rollers, and back-combed into this shape, it needed to stay there, but still seem wispy.  In order to achieve hold without stiffness, Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray was the secret weapon.  That sort of touchable hold is something any woman should look for in a hairspray.  

Skin: Arcona
We obviously know that good skin is the foundation for a flawless makeup application.  Since this makeup was blurred and flawless, with no detection of foundation or concealer, it was important that the skin underneath be well-nourished.  Models at this show were pampered with products from the Arcona skincare line including Magic White Ice and Desert Mist.  These products give max hydration without feeling like there's a ton of product on your skin, which is essentially for such a naked skin makeup look.    

Makeup: Romy Soleimani 

After nourishing the skin, a light application of well-blended foundation was applied using Stila Stay All Day Foundation + Concealer.  A Beauty Blender was used to gently apply Stila Convertible Color in Sweet Pea to the cheeks and buff it to perfection.  Powder was used only if needed, and only in the T-zone.  To give this ethereal, almost ghostly effect, Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Opal was used on the eyes, and also used as a highlighter on the upper cheekbones.  Stila Glamoureyes Mascara was used, but only barely, because the makeup artists pulled some of the color off the wand before applying.  To finish the look Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Sonya was applied, and then instead of using a gloss in the center of the lips, Stila Custom Color Blush in Pink just in the center to matte the lip.  

Nails: Deborah Lippmann 
Alas, this awesomely-textural Deborah Lippmann color, I Wanna Be Sedated, doesn't come out until July.  (Cue the My So-Called Life episode where Angela and RaeAnne are singing I Wanna Be Sedated... isn't that the episode where RaeAnne OD's?  Phenom show.)  There is almost nothing I don't love about this yellow-green/citron/chartreuse-y color.  I love the name, I love the color, I love the texture.  The only thing I'm not enjoying is that I have to wait for it.  Nevertheless, Lippmann has some other stellar colors we can enjoy until this one comes out, like this yellow one from    

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