The Blonds are known for creating eye-popping designs that keep people talking, and for Fall 2012 they didn’t disappoint. Inspired by the Hell’s Angels and other motorcycle gangs, an abundance of leather, studs, sequins, and even shards of glass made their way down the catwalk. MAC and CND came together to mold beautiful biker chic looks to align with the collection.
Kabuki, head makeup artist for the show, was given the freedom to get dark and dangerous. “We wanted to go big and bold with the eyes especially, “ he said. He used MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation all over the face with Vanilla Pigment to highlight. He then chiseled perfectly defined cheekbones with Sculpt Shaping Powder and Powder Blush in Well Dressed. Next he shaped a cat eye using the Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline and buffed it out with Carbon Eye Shadow. He filled the eyelid with Fluidline in Blacktrack and added dimension by dotting Club Eye Shadow in the center, on the inner corner, and under the bottom lash line. A touch of sparkle lit things up at the inner corner’s waterline using Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Pure Show. A swipe of Opulash Optimum Black Mascara and #7 Lashes completed the eyes. For a berry beautiful lip look, Kabuki used the Lip Pencil in Burgundy to line just outside of the lips for a plumped pout and fill the center with Redd Lip Pencil and rubbing it in for a matte finish.
The outrageously opulent looks didn’t stop at the face as CND’s Kristina Estabrooks and her team spent 130 hours crafting customized nails for the show. “The theme was romantic, rock ‘n’ roll, biker chick,” she explained. “No two sets are alike.” Acid washed jeans, Michael Jackson’s red “Thriller” jacket, leather, patches, fire, and ice all served as sources of inspiration for the multitude of nail designs using glitter, real leather and crushed glass shards to mimic the looks on the runway. Even Phillipe Blond received his own set with his face on them to wear at the end of the show! With some sharp materials in use, we’d leave this kind of nail crafting to the professionals.