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Backstage Beauty: Zac Posen Fall 2010

    Hey Glamazons! After finally kicking myself out of bed early this morning, I headed over to the Altman Building for backstage beauty coverage of the Zac Posen show.
    The look?: Downtown Chelsea girl meets grungy chic.
    Head makeup artist Stephane Marais (for MAC) described the girls who would wear the newly designed frocks by Posen as "very young and trendy."
    "She's a rebel but has to stay elegant and chic," he said. "But she wants to look fierce and dangerous."
    To achieve this look, he applied black eyeliner to the lids and smudged away.
    "It was almost like a brush and then sweep of the eye," he said about the application of the eye liner. "At the end you have a very strong look that's melting. It's strong, but fading away."
    Exactly as if you went out, fell asleep in your makeup and then woke up again? "Yes," he said.
    Side note: this seems to be a very popular beauty look going on for the fall 2010 shows. Could it be that designers are getting lazy or is it just that the cool girl look is back again? Either way, I think it's great because I can never seem to get all of my eyeliner off at the end of the night and often wake up with remnants of it showing!
    However, Marais didn't want the smudged eye liner to look what he called "trashy."
    "Sometimes when you have your makeup running down, it's not flattering," he said. "You never want it to look trashy. You technically may be trashy, but you still have dignity and that's what makes it flattering."
    Side note: If you're scratching your head wondering what this may mean, it's ok because I also did the same.
    But then he went on to say that the idea is that the look is not to look "too perfect" because then she doesn't look human. (Which makes complete sense to me!)
    "This girl is approachable but very fierce and very strong and I like that," he said.
    Due to the strong eye, the skin was left clean (ie no foundation) and for the lips he stained the lips with a new dark red shade that MAC will soon be launching. (I'm guessing for they're fall collections.)
    "I just applied and raised the contour with a bit of concealer," he said. "It looks kind of like there was lipstick but this is the left over remnants."

    In keeping with the retro cool girl look, lead hairstylist Odile Gilbert (for L'Oreal Professionnel) created a middle part and then curled the hair with a curling iron; but left the roots and tips untouched.
    "Normal people would think that this hair is natural, but it's not," she said. "It's like an expensive grunge in a way."
    Nails were done by Deborah Lippmann.
    "Zac wanted something like a stain on the nails," she said. "Just a hint of something so it looks very fresh and very youthful. The eyes are really greasy and smoky, but she's still a downtown girl and this adds in a little bit of femininity."
    Check out the look and let us know what you think!

    The amazing former supermodel Pat Cleveland hanging out backstage! She came to support her daughter, Anna van Ravenstein, who walked in the show. The mom and daughter duo both walked in the Fashion Relief For Haiti Fund show last week.
    Former model turned TV host Veronica Webb chatted backstage with J. Alexander (ie 'Miss Jay). She noted his painted nails. He said he got this cool new ring (see below; yes, it's all one ring) and wanted his nails to match. And he swears that he's really not that gay and that he just enjoys painting his nails...*side eye*
    Model Alek Wek is back on the runway! Well, at least she was for the Zac Posen show. She said that since she's been modeling for so long now that she only walks in shows here and there. Right now, she's busy focusing on other bigger, better projects abroad in Paris and London. Sigh, if I only could say the same....
    I really do think that if I had this jacket in my wardrobe that it'd change my life....
    The same can also be said for this dress.

    The finished makeup look. I thought there was something very poetic in how this lovely photo was just laying on the ground next to the makeup artists stands, so I took a pic lol

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