1. The Runway Pop
Mally Roncal, backstage ray-of-sunshine and mastermind behind Mally Beauty, likes to give a "runway pop" to her looks, and Tracy Reese's fall 2012 lady was no exception. The focus was on brow and eyeliner (not a single swipe of eye shadow was used!). "The makeup was inspired by Tracy herself. She's fierce and tough, but she's feminine and sexy," said Roncal.
2. Eye Appeal
The upper lid was lined with one of three electric shades: teal, blue, or purple. "We're doing it with a pencil, not liquid, because I want it to feel fresh and definitely not retro. I'm blasting it out so it looks like she did it in the bathroom herself," Roncal told us. "We decided not to do the red lip or the smoky eye, but instead something really unexpected for fall."
3. Star Products
"This is the love of my life!" Roncal proclaimed when she showed us her Effortless Airbrush highlighter and blush. The "triple threat" pick combines the power of a gel, powder, and cream and was used for an ethereal glow on models's cheekbones. The other staple that got Mally excited? A high-shine, brow tint that's launching tonight on QVC (an already tired Mally is heading out straight after the show to QVC, where she'll be promoting it from midnight to, gulp, midnight). The product was inspired by a trick she's used on her celebrity clientscombing sticky lip gloss through brows for perfect shape and hold. "This does it without all the yuckiness!"
4. Everyday Hair
"We were inspired by natural street style. How girls like to look every day," said TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. She used 24-Hour Body Mousse for texture, shooting hair with a dryer while roughing it with her fingers. Once strands were free of moisture, she used a double-barreled curl iron to get "irregular curls, leaving some sections straight." Spying a pile of extensions, we were assured not all ladies were getting them. "They're just for a little extra drama for girls with fine hair."
5. Nail Tech
Sally Hansen's traditional collaboration with Tracy Reese was even more exciting this yearthey're using a polish that's not available yet, and so new, the company hasn't even decided on a name or bottle for it! Ingredients include real silver, which helps the polish look different from various angles, and pigment from the Far East to give it the iridescent quality spotted in nature (think butterfly's wings). The two shades include a peacock-like blue, Scarab, and a coppery metallic, Copperhead. "You wanna talk about color? Tracy will talk about color," said backstage manicure pro Jin Soon. "She loves color!"
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