New York Fashion Week 2012: Richard Chai Love Backstage Beauty

02/09/2012 03:47 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

The Inspiration: Touches of masculinity

Beauty at Richard Chai Love fall 2012. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Hair: Aveda stylist Frank Rizzieri perfected a look for Richard Chai Love's fall 2012 show which he coined "controlled chaos." Rizzieri explains, "Think of when you take a sweater off and your hair gets messy. We're going to do that with our hands." To add a lift towards the front, he spritzed on Voluminizing Tonic and then combed the hair back using Men's Grooming Clay. Rizzieri set the look with Brilliant Spray-On Shine. His simple words advice for women who want to recreate this hairstyle at home: "comb it back, take off your sweater and you're good to go!"

Makeup: MAC Cosmetics makeup artist James Kaliardos channeled androgyny as he made up the girls and guys with the same products, save a dab of nude lip color for the ladies. "It sort of looks like a Peter Lindbergh photograph of Linda Evangelista or Guinevere [van Seenus]," he says.

Kaliardos used a small brush to apply Pro Sculpting Cream in Coffee Walnut into the crease and inner corners of the eyes for a shadowy, masculine depth. To contour, a taupe blush was added to the temples and underneath the cheekbone. He strengthened the front and center parts of the brows with brownish powder. Skipping mascara, the pro finished the looks with a mauvey-pink lip.

Nails: Essie celebrity manicurist Elle Gerstein wanted to mimic the wool and cashmere textures found in Chai's fall collection. She first applied Glamour Purse (a taupe shade) and finished with Man-E-Cure, a non-traditional top coat, to add a subtle shine.



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