Ok, so let’s get right into the beauty looks at Kate Spade New York, which are always right on for fans of the brand.
I’m always excited to see what they’re going to do with the hair and makeup for the presentation, but the star of this show is always —always — the nails.
Celebrity manicurist and all-star nail legend Deborah Lippmann was on hand to create a simple, graphic nail that complimented the bombastic florals of the collection. Deborah shaped the model’s natural nails into a clean, oval shape and cleaned up the cuticles (use her Cuticle Remover – it is GENIUS.)
Gel Lab Base Coat was applied to keep the polish stable, then two coats of pure white creme Amazing Grace were applied to the nails of the hands and feet. Deborah really advises waiting at least two minutes between coats. “If you don’t wait, you wind up with streak-y nails and the coat is uneven, which ruins the solid effect you want,” she says. This is gospel coming from her, and I’d dare we all try to follow it.
The stripe on the manicure is created by applying a thin line of her Fade to Black jet-black lacquer horizontally across the nail using a striping brush about 1/4 of the way down from the tip. Deborah says you can also use striping tape. I would need to use the tape, but for those of you with a cool hand and a steady trigger finger, go nuts with the brush.
Let the stripe dry for five minutes and apply a coat of Gel Lab Top Coat on everything BUT the line. Just leave it alone. If you miscalculate and it’s not dry, it’s ruined and your day is shot.
The easy hair look was created by Tommy Buckett for Garnier and was a tousled version of the model’s natural texture. A bit of Deep Nourish Dry Hair Oil was applied to ends and then Deconstructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray was applied liberally throughout the hair along with a light mist of Deconstructed Beach Chic Finishing Spray.
Hair was then scrunched by hair while a blowdryer blasted air on it to add texture and wave. Also, no hair extensions were used, which is a refreshing change. I mean, let’s talk about it: the hair you’re seeing on these models is really their own hair. If you want to copy the look, the steps above will really yield the results you want. It’s kind of magical, that level of honesty these days.
M∙A∙C Cosmetics lead artist Lyne Desnoyers turned out glowing, easy skin with a graphic lined eye that’s a bit too square to call it a cat eye. Desnoyers thickened the shape and then took the end of the liner out slightly past the corner of the eye, flicking it the end up a touch to create what her assistants evidently called a “thorn.”
The secret to getting the look is all in the layering. “The trick for (the liner) to stay longer is to do some layering, which is what I did today. Since the presentation is going to last two hours — and they’re doing a photo shoot as we speak — it needs to stay on.”
The first coat is the gel-based wonder, M∙A∙C Fluidline in Blacktrack, applied with a small liner brush (use the M∙A∙C #210 Precision Eye Liner Brush), then topped with Acrylic in Black Black, which is a M∙A∙C product that can be used on the face, but primarily for body painting.
“That’s good for backstage and a presentation, but in real life, it’s not practical,” she admitted. “You can use other things, like kohl or liquid liner that you have at home to re-trace the shape and set it in.” She also mentioned layering the look with powder to really get it to set, as in Fluidline, tap with powder, wait, repeat. That should get you a graphic eye that could make it through a torrential downpour without budging. Or a drag show. Or a wedding. You know, whenever you want it to STAY THERE.
The look: amazing, gorgeous, and totally Kate. Mission accomplished.