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New York: Backstage at Tess Giberson Fall 2014


Tess Giberson's Fall 2014 collection that seamlessly brought a rugged sportswear vibe to luxe pieces called for a  simple, clean, but still very 'cool' hair and beauty look that would accentuate, but not overwhelm, the collection. In order to achieve this the designer tapped master make-up artist (and Shiseido Creative DirectorDick PageJames Pecis from Beauty.com, and JINSoon Nails.

A veteran in creating beautiful one of a kind looks for each designer he works with season after season, Shiseido Creative director and make-up artist extraordinaire Dick Page looked towards the wilderness for inspiration. He described his look for Tess Giberson as "An almost prairie influence that suggests camping and the fantasia of the outdoors."

To create this look, Page used the following products:

On the Eye:  A “haze of color” melts into lids with Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Shoyu (BR623), Sable (BR709) and Leather (BR306), combined with Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment.

On the Lip: A trace of soft pink on the lips with NEW! Fall 2014 Lacquer Rouge in Ophelia (PK226.)

On thFace/Cheek: NEW! Fall 2014 Lacquer Rouge in Viola (RD728) or Rose Grey (RS727) are blended on cheeks.

Now for the nails!

To play on the sport-meets-luxury feel of the collection, manicurist Jin Soon Choi created a "modern interpretation of the classic French Manicure" for the Tess Giberson show. 

Here is what she did, step by step:

File and clean nails, removing all traces of polish.

Apply JINsoon Power Coat base coat.

Next, apply two coats of dark gray/metallic black nail polish (the shade Jin used was from her upcoming JINsoon Fall/Winter 2014 Tess Giberson Collection), let dry.

At tip of the nail, apply a thin arc of JINsoon Kookie White and finish by applying a single coat of JINsoon Top Gloss.

Finally, on to the hair:

Using Phyto products and T3 tools, stylist James Pecis created an artfully disheveled, twisted bun that gave the impression of the models doing it themselves (but was of course pretty complicated in actual execution.) To create the bun, Pecis and his team pulled hair back into a low pony at the base of the head, adding a second elastic to create a sectioned look. They then twisted the ponys (many of which contained extensions added to increase the length of hair) into a fat, oblong shape on the back of the head and secured with pins, allowing ends of hair to fan out below the twist. Duck bill clips and paper cards were placed on the head to create natural bends, and then removed right before runway so that natural pieces could fall around the models' faces.

All images: C.Hope/S.Whittle for Style Wylde or courtesy of JINSoon Nails

For more from the Tess Giberson Fall 2014 collection check out the full runway recap from the show here.