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New York: Backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2014


Renown for her artful execution of an idea designer Tess Giberson needed a just-as-artful hair and beauty look for her Spring 2014 runway presentation. To create the look the designer tapped legendary artist and Artistic Director of Shiseido Dick Page, Bumble and bumble stylists, and JINSoon nails. Here's how the team handled the task. 

First up,  Dick Page for Shiseido:

A bit of a conceptual artist himself, Page built on the idea of "Preppy with a twist" to create "a more grown up" take on the classic blue eye-shadow concept. To do this, he created a "smudged" look with the NEW Shiseido Shimmering Eye Color in Nightfall with a "scrubby line" with more weight on the lower lash line. He then used Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment all over the upper lid for a lived in feel.

On the face Page wanted to "keep it real" by creating a chevron shape on the cheeks with NEW Lacquer Rouge in Sunburn, extending the sun-kissed glow across the bridge and the nose and blending with a fluffy brush. Finally, for lips, Page went with a muted color, Perfect Rouge in Vision, which was softened by the addition of gold tones from the NEW Face Color Enhancing Trio in Peach. The Result: A clean, natural looking face that had just a touch of classic preppy and just a touch of modern edginess.

Next, Bumble and bumble on hair:

What is very quickly becoming the "ubiquitous Spring low ponytail" was in full force at the Bumble and bumble stations. Stylists began by blowing out and smoothing waves for a perfectly straight, but not over processed look. Next, a sharp part was made in the middle and hair was smoothed back into a low pony.

As a final touch cards were clipped into place to smooth flyaways, and keep hair perfect until it was time to take to the runway.

Finally the nails:

Nail artist extraordinaire, Jin Soon Choi of JINsoon Nails, played off the idea of "remix" to create a one of a kind artwork for the Tess Giberson show. She began by filing nails clean and removing all traces of polish. She then applied one coat of JINsoon Obsidian, a black polish with striking galaxy like flecks. Finally, using a make-up sponge, she gently wiped off polish leaving color only around the cuticle and in haphazard streaks down the nail.  We asked Soon Choi if the look was one that required an artistic eye to complete, and she told Style Wylde "Absolutely not, it is so easy, this look is for every woman to do herself if she likes. It's easy, it's unfussed, the word everyone keeps saying to me is COOL."

All images: C.Hope for Style Wylde.

For more from the Tess Giberson Spring 2014 show check out the Style Wylde runway feature here.