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New York: Backstage at Libertine Fall 2015

Always a favorite with fashion fans (and photographers!) the Libertine runway show never disappoints with its vibrant colors, and eye catching looks. At the Fall 2015 collection I went backstage to see how the prep being done by the elite teams from Catwalk by TIGI, CND Nails, and MAC came together.

First I checked in with Catwalk by TIGI US Creative Director Thomas Osborn to get the lowdown on that bright pink streak they were putting along the models' center part. "The bright pink streak, which we created applying MAC Cosmetics Matte Neon Pigment in Magenta Madness with a small brush down the center part, was inspired by the red stripe married women in India wear. We didn't want to do exactly the same thing, it's not a replica or a copy, it's more of a nod to it." Osborn said. "The rest of the hair is really a soft no fuss look. It's totally "bed head," or rough looking, it's more natural and soft. You'll notice some of the models have straighter hair, some more texture, we kept natural to the models' own hair. "

How they did it step-by-step: Prep the hair with CATWALK® by TIGI® Session Series Salt Spray to enhance natural texture and add grip. Next, create a neat center part and use a round brush to stretch dry the hair at the roots: offering a flat, matte base for the look. Add volume by spraying CATWALK® by TIGI® Bodifying Spray at the roots and throughout the hair, massaging the product into hair with your hands to achieve a no-fuss, casual look. Using a small, stiff makeup brush, apply a stripe of MAC Cosmetics Matte Neon Pigment in Magenta Madness down the center part and about an inch onto the forehead; pat the loose pigment into the roots. Finish with CATWALK® by TIGI® Session Series Work It Hairspray

Next, I stop to chat with Jan Arnold of CND Nails, who told me that the amazing, one-of a kind individually sculpted nails created for the show took a team of artists over 400 man hours to create. "Johnson is so wonderfully creative, and when he told us the idea was all about golden hues and motion, fluidity, we starting talking about an Indian Goddess at the body of the sea, who rises to the surface and brings jewels up with her. You'll see many of the nails have extended golden chains that really swing when models walk and others are actually sculpted to look like they are dripping."

Finally I took a swing by the MAC tables where dark eyes, perfect skin and a naturally nude (but not muted out) lip was being created. "It's Libertine, so I get out all the black I've got." MAC key artist Chantel Miller laughed. And that she did; the look was super dramatic, with heavy emphasis in the crease but plenty of smoky shade fanned across the lid.

All together these three elements made for a knock out look.

Images: top row center, US Creative Director Thomas Osborn courtesy of Catwalk by TIGI, all other images C.Hope for Style Wylde.

For more from the Libertine Fall 2015 collection check out our feature in Runway.