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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ‘10 NYC: Vera Wang

I made an early exit from the Kim Kardashian show in order to run over to see the backstage preparations for one of my favorite designers, Vera Wang. Jimmy Paul for Bumble and bumble gave the models a Brigitte Bardot-inspired, half-up hairstyle that mixed a partial French twist with soft, loose strands. He used Bb Thickening Spray (and did a little back-combing) to get volume at the roots and misted Surf Spray on the ends for texture. The result was a full, gorgeous style with a '60s feel.

For the face, lead makeup artist for Cle de Peau Beaute, Lucia Pieroni, created a look she described as "a little film noir, but more modern and innocent" and "tomboyish, yet beautiful, which is very Vera Wang." She also wanted to achieve a worn-in, natural look that wasn't too perfect. To get that effect, she dusted the eyes with a shimmery silver-white shadow and coated lashes with lots of mascara. The skin was clean but glossy, with a touch of bronze blush and the lips were painted with a subtle tea rose lipstick.

A team from Revlon, led by Myrdith Leon-McCormack, painted the nails either Gray Suede or Powder Puff, depending on the models' skin color. "Vera doesn't like an overly done nail, so we wanted to keep the nails very natural," said Leon-McCormack, who's been working on Wang's shows for several seasons.

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Lori Morris

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