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New York: Backstage at Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2014

The Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2014 collection, which was inspired by "an amalgam of our favorite heroines of sci-fi and fantasy super heroines" according to the design duo behind the label, had a mostly muted palette with pops of brighter hues, and required a subtle, understated hair and beauty look to best compliment the pieces.

To create this quiet but strong look the designers tapped the masters; celebrity stylist Nelson Vercher of the Rita Hazan Salon, MAC cosmetics, and Essie Nails to get the job done.

Here is what the teams did, starting with hair. 

"The Costello Tagliapietra woman is always elegant" said Nelson in the official show notes. “But I wanted to think of her in a different way, to give her an elegant look, but in a fast way, an easy glamour. I saw this woman as very refined, but also very free, going from surfing in the ocean to a big evening out.” From there Nelson arrived at his concept: Surf Girl Glamour, keeping hair tight and flat to the head in front, with a looser, gently rippled, beachy wave in the back.  To achieve the serenely sensual style, Nelson and his team worked exclusively with the high-performing styling products from René Furterer. He began by working  René Furterer KARITÉ leave-in nourishing cream through hair and then blow-dry hair smooth, directing hair away from the face. Next, he used the end of a rattail comb to make a clean side part high on the head. Then after sectioning off the crown, he misted the small sections of the hair one at a time, at the roots only—with René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing conditioning spray – no rinse. After he spritzed each section he combed it through.  After working through the loose hair, he unclipped the crown and repeated the application of René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing conditioning spray – no rinse. He then combed through the hair so that it was very sleek and close to head with a pretty sheen. To put a beachy texture into the back, he then gathered the lengths of the hair behind the ears, twist it into a low chignon and pinned it into place. Next, he went over the hair with a warm blow dryer, using a Hot Sock diffuser. Once hair was dry, he undid the chignon and loosened up the hair with his fingers. He then used the tiniest touch of René Furterer MODELING PASTE to smooth any flyaways at the crown and hairline, and the very ends of the hair if needed. Last, to accent the Surf Girl Glamour vibe, he pulled a few delicate wisps around the face. 

While that was going on, over on the MAC side of the room, the beauty was also understated and "almost naked" in vibe. Blushy peaches and pale pink lipsticks and cheek stains were mixed with a super subtle touch of bronzer and used all over the face, for an overall look that was fresh, and definitely beach-sun-kissed. 

Finally, over at Essie the pro team created a deep berry nail with a hyper-modern super matte finish. To achieve this look the team used: Ridge filling base coatBerry Naughty color, and Matte About You finish. 

All images: C.Hope for Style Wylde.

For more from the Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2014 collection check out the full runway recap from the show here.