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Drama with a sense of elegance: The core concept of Zac Posen's fall '13 show was perfectly translated into the edgy yet gorgeous beauty look. Working with MAC, key makeup artist Kabuki was inspired by Tilda Swinton and her alternative, otherworldly beauty. A subtle eye was set off by dark, wine-stained lips created with Vino Lip Pencil and Lip Mix in Burgundy. Kabuki chose the vampy lip to provide contrast to the ethereal eye, as well as to play off of the rich color palette in Posen's collection. For the nails, manicurist Michelle Saunders for Essie chose Carry On, precisely matching the shade to the models' lip color.
Hairstylist Luigi Murenu for John Frieda created a deconstructed chignon to contrast Posen's structured M.O. "Zac likes to design structured, chic, well-done clothes. So this year, I wanted to do something deconstructed that still kept that elegance," he said. Murenu started with Luxurious Volume Mousse, which gave lift and shine to the hair, then used a small crimping iron to give the hair "a lightly frizzed feeling, almost like mohair wool." The hair was then pulled back into a ponytail, twisted into a rope braid, and then wrapped into a chignon with some of the ends sticking out. "The brushed crimp has kind of become one of my house specialties. It's kind of controversial, because it's not like the curly or straight textures that you'd see everyday. Why not? We're here to experiment!"
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