Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2011: Ruffian
I consider the first day of Fashion Week a success for two reasons: My feet did not blister nor were pierced by five-inch stilettos, and I snagged some great how-tos and makeup trends backstage at the Ruffian show this morning. As soon as I walked backstage, I immediately fell in love with the über-buns the models were sporting. After talking with Bumble & Bumble stylist Neil Moodie, he explained that these romantic, tight updos were a twist on how to wear a traditional chignon and a style that is ridiculously easy to do yourself. "We wanted the hair to look and feel a little wetter so that it would glisten, especially in the light," Moodie said. To get this look at home, use Bumble & Bumble Prep Spray, layered with Bumble & Bumble Straight at the roots. No blow-drying leave your hair slightly damp and give yourself a low side part. Next, finger-comb your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and use Bumble & Bumble Bb. Gel to give added texture and hold. Last, pin the hair into a flat, smooth chignon, using bobby pins to secure the hair into a wraparound bun for a clean, fresh look.
As for makeup, be sure you save the shimmery bronze and gold shadows you adored so much this summer for next season as well. MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos told us that gold will be a huge trend, along with big, thick lashes. If you're going to apply your own lashes at home, Kaliardos recommends using individual lashes for easier application (and to avoid gluing your eyes together). I was obsessed with the models' pale, pink-peach lips that Kaliardos said is a perfect hue for any skin color. "If you have darker skin you should give yourself a slightly deeper tint, but you won't need much." Take a peek at the completed look below.
As you can see, the nails backstage were also something to completely gawk at. CND created a Monogram Moon Manicure, which was inspired by the nails in French magazines and culture throughout the years. The difference between a French mani and this one is that the nails are extremely rounded, as opposed to square. I was extremely grateful for this trick CND professional Amanda Fontanarrosa shared for preventing a chip (which I do at least once a week). She told me to dehydrate my nails (the only beauty tip that will ever tell you to dehydrate something!) by wiping them completely clean with a remover before applying a new polish. When painting, seal over the edge of the nail with polish, not just to the edge, for a mani that will last. Be sure to check out the Reel Beauty blog the rest of the week for more tips, videos, and glimpses backstage!