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New York Fashion Week 2012: Jason Wu Backstage Beauty

02/10/2012 05:41 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

The Inspiration: The Ming Dynasty meets 1940s Hollywood

Beauty at Jason Wu Fall 2012 show. Photo: Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images

Hair: Kerastase Paris stylist Odile Gilbert created a warrior ponytail that channeled "Tomb Raider's" Lara Croft. She prepped the models' hair with Fibre Architecte to smooth ends and boost shine. She then flat-ironed before gathering into a sleek, high ponytail. Extensions were added and the ends bluntly cut. For a surprising twist, she wrapped electrical tape around the holder. Gilbert finished with a blast of Double Force Controle Ultime Hairspray.

Makeup: "Jason Wu's fall collection is very rich and opulent so he wanted to reflect that in the face," said MAC Cosmetics lead artist Diane Kendal. Inspired by the collection's military touches, Kendal drew on a very defined eye using an emerald shadow that extended out in a shape she described as "Hollywood." Blush shades in Sculpt and Tenderling were applied to give cheeks a warm glow. Kendal slicked on black liner closely to the lids and then applied mascara. Brows were filled in heavily, while the lips were left bare.

Nails: OPI manicurists carried out Wu's vision for an opaque nude effect by painting on Santan-tonio (a creamy mocha), followed by a clear top coat.

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