Backstage Beauty Beat: Emerson

By  February 11, 2013

THE SHOW: Emerson

THE HAIR: Zahir Ziani, national creative director and master stylist for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, gave a nod to the gritty, post-apocalyptic world with a feminine twist for Jackie Fraser Swan‘s Fall 2013 Emerson collection. His team used only one product — Resistance Double Force by Kerastasé — to create firm yet flexible hair. First, he teased hair at the crown for a bit of volume then cinched hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Instead of using rubber or elastic hair bands, he wrapped a strand of hair around the ponytail and secured it in place with bobby pins. In order to keep the textured ponytail’s effortless look, he left no visible part, but rather brushed hair over from left to right using his hands only — no brushes, no combs.

THE MAKEUP: Bobbi Brown makeup lead Kai Vinsonwanted to key in on bold eyes for Emerson’s post-apocalyptic world. She did this by countering the collection’s plums, maroons, and mustards with a dramatic black eye, flush cheeks, and soft pink lips. Recreate this attention grabbing eye using Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Collection, which includes silvery and black shades for an everyday interpretation of this runway look. Or, go all the way with the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner to trace and fill in a super-mod cat eye. For a closer look at what Vinson and her fellow makeup artists used for Emerson Fall 2013, check out this Bobbi Brown Pinterest board.

THE MANI: New York City-based nail artist Miss Pop was inspired by a lacy fabric used in the collection to create an ORLY nail with shimmery nude and black metallic overlay. First, she applied ORLY Bonder Basecoat, followed by two coats of ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain. Once the nude layer was fully dry, she used the Detailer brush to draw three diagonal lines from left to right and then, from right to left to create a crisscross pattern. Then, Miss Pop grabbed the ORLY Dotter Duo and dabbed it in the black metallic After Party nail color. She then dabbed our dots at each intersection to create florets. To finalize the lacy look, she used the Detailer brush to connect the dots in a swooping half-moon motion. After letting the nail art dry for a few minutes, she sealed the deal with poliSHIELD for an impenetrable shine.