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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ‘10 NYC: Nanette Lepore

I look forward to the Nanette Lepore show each season because she's one of my favorite designers and I always love the way she works with the hair, makeup and nail teams to perfectly complement her collections. The fall line featured lots of Renaissance-inspired rich colors and luxurious fabrics that moved beautifully down the runway and gave the artists backstage a lot to work with.

For the hair, Esther Langham for Moroccanoil came up with two looks: an elegant updo and luscious free-flowing curls. "I took the sculptured, Renaissance feel and made it a little softer and more appropriate for today," she explained. To get the gorgeous curls, Langham prepped hair with Oil Treatment and Intense Curl Cream, blow-dried it with a rightside part and set it with a 1-inch barrel curling iron, curling the sections away from the face. She then loosened the curls with a brush and a blowdrier. For the updo, she formed a loose braid at the nape of the neck and rolled it up into itself before pulling out a few tendrils. Right before the models went out to the runway, Langham misted their hair with Glimmer Shine Spray.

For the makeup, MAC lead artist Makky created a smoky, Kate Moss eye by simply lining the eyes with a black kohl pencil and blending out. The lips, some of the most interesting I've seen all week, were treated with two colors: magenta on top and burgundy on the bottom. "The lips are velvetty and very rich, which matches Nanette's collection," he said.  The skin was kept matte, with no blush and just some powder for contouring.

The nail color, OPI Black Cherry Chutney, was chosen by Lepore to reflect her clothing's color palette.

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Lori Morris

Lori Morris