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Kristin Booker • September 16, 2012

Backstage Beauty: Baroque Meets Hipster at Ruffian Spring 2013 with MAC Cosmetics

The finished look at Ruffian Spring 2013, created by MAC Cosmetics’ James Kaliardos. Photo: Kristin Booker for Fashion.Style.Beauty.

Backstage at Ruffian, we learned that the makeup would be inspired by a mixture of the paintings of Baroque painter Bouche and the eclectic street style of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s hipster culture.

Backstage makeup by MAC Cosmetics at Ruffian Spring 2013. Photo: Kristin Booker for Fashion.Style.Beauty.

Lead M·A·C Cosmetics makeup artist James Kaliardos (who is one of my favorites, a genius, that one) explains how to get the look. “It’s a soft look with very dramatic brows. We’re using this spring palette this year and one of the hues,  April Mist, is a perfect grey that’s used in a soft way all over the eye.

Lead M·A·C Artist James Kaliardos showing the products used to achieve the look at Ruffian. Photo: Kristin Booker for Fashion.Style.Beauty.

We created bold brows with Fluidline (which is used for eyes, but the deep hues are brow-friendly) in deep dark for a dramatic look that would set well. We used Cream Color Base in Luna on the cheekbone and a taupe hue under the cheekbone for emphasis. We wanted the skin to look like skin, so we’re using the new Mineralize Foundation to get a natural look that stays, and then we go in with Prep & Prime concealer wherever help is needed. It really looks like skin. The lip is beige, except for redheads, who are wearing red.”

A pretty perfect nail at Ruffian by M·A·C Lead Nail Artist Keri Blair. Photo by Kristin Booker for Fashion.Style.Beauty.

Lead M·A·C Nail Artist Keri Blair hand-crafted foil designs that were bent to form over short, well-manicured nails (“Because she’s still a practical girl, she’d want to run around, do things, play guitar, etc., ” says Blair.

Another seriously-cool nail at Ruffian by Keri Blaire. Photo: Kristin Booker for Fashion.Style.Beauty.

The custom nail foils were created especially for the show, but the gorgeous nail lacquers in pink, blue, yellow and white hues are part of a new texture that M·A·C is piloting, so look for more to come from this angle.

A model being prepped for the runway post hair and makeup. Photo: Kristin Booker for Fashion.Style.Beauty.

What do you think, beauty fans? I personally love the makeup and the nails. The hair is a bit dramatic and Wendy O. Williams for every day, but could be fun for a rocker occasion.

All photos in this post were taken with the Nikon D-3200 camera, which is featured as part of my New York Fashion Week partnership with Target. To learn more about this camera, head to or your local Target store for high-performance electronics at an incredible price.


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