NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips
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Since NYFW doesn’t care about your weekend, today started at the crack of dawn with some of the best shows of the week. Ruffian showcased bold Jockey-inspired makeup with a thin cat eye and long, lush lashes and Prabal Gurung went for a strong “Orchid Flower” lip. Both shows had nails that we instantly lusted after, and the skin was left fresh and dewy.

Click through the slideshow for tips on how they got the look, and a peak behind the scenes!

All photos shot with my PEN E-PM1 camera loaned to us for fashion week by Olympus.

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  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    Lead artist James Kaliardos for MAC noted that the makeup was inspired by the graphic quality from jockey outfits. He translated that inspiration into a graphic line on the eye with thick lashes and a touch of peach blush on the cheeks.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    For the hair, led by Neil Moodie for Bumble and Bumble, they wanted it to resemble a horses' tail.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    Hair was pulled back into a thick braid after prepping it with Thickening Hair Spray.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    The liner was drawn on with MAC Penultimate, which gave the ability for a very thin, angled line.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    The nails were also quite a site, inspired by the jockey graphics. The Ruffian designers chose seven patterns to have printed on nails and decided to have two different patterns on the hands.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    Before braiding, the stylists backcombed the hair and flatironed it to seal in the backcombing.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    At Prabal Gurung, the hair (led by Didier Malige for Fekkai) was slicked back to create a sporty, 90's inspired toughness.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    Malige applied COIFF styling gel to the hair and combed back, leaving that center part in place. He let the rest of the hair fall free to still have a mix of femininity.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    Charlotte Tilbury led the MAC team for makeup and noted that they wanted to create an "alluring, sensual, intoxicating" girl.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    She used Strobe Cream mixed with a moisturizer on top of the cheekbones to catch light, and then a silvery-gray shadow on the lids.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    For the lips, which Tilbury described as a "flower coming out of the mouth" effect, she used a tiny bit of black in the center, into a dark purple, then magenta, and then finally a fuchsia.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    The lips were also slightly overdrawn to accentuate them.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    Karlie Kloss showing her makeup for approval.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    Model Magdalena Frackowiak gets her bold lip applied.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    The final look! Minus the tissues for makeup application of course.

  • NYFW SS 2012: Ruffian & Prabal Gurung’s Braids & Orchid Lips

    The nails, done by Jin Soon for Sally Hansen, featured Loves Me Not (from the SS 2012 Prabal Gurung collection) but done in a soft, reverse French manicure.

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Lead artist James Kaliardos for MAC noted that the makeup was inspired by the graphic quality from jockey outfits. He translated that inspiration into a graphic line on the eye with thick lashes and a touch of peach blush on the cheeks.

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