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Rock and Roll Girls at BCBG Max Azria, Nail Tips from CND – NYFW Spring 2013

By Klaudia Tirico / September 6, 2012


Kate Moss may not be walking the runway at New York Fashion week, but her signature look was there in spirit at BCBG Max Azria. The models channeled her cool-girl hair and makeup thanks to Val Garland and Laurent Phillippon’s expertise. We’ve got all the backstage scoop, including some great nail trends and tips from CND’s Roxanne Valinoti that you need to know!

The inspiration for the makeup look created by Val Garland was primarily taken from “a cool girl that’s a lot like Kate Moss.” She lined the models’ eyes inside the water line with black gel liner, and then used a square, heavy-hair brush to smooth it all out. “No hard lines,” said Val. “We just wanted to see a shadow close to the eye.” As for mascara, Val wanted it to look like the models have been wearing it for a long time. To achieve that look, she used up to four different mascaras! Her favorites include: MAC, Diorshow, and Clinique. “Every eye is different,” she said. “You can’t just have one mascara. There must be about a half a dozen [backstage].” To create a flawless, dewy complexion, Val airbrushed foundation, flesh toned blush, and highlighter using Temptu and finished the look off with a stained, bitten look on the lips. 

Over in hair, the inspiration was “a style conscious girl with a rock and roll lifestyle,” said Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble. He prepped the hair with Thickening Spray and blow dried with a flat brush to create full and healthy looking hair. Then, he split the hair into sections and set it using pins. Once the setting was removed, he separated the hair into pieces while adding Styling Wax. The final touch was a cloud of Hair Powder to add volume. “The powder holds onto the wax, giving a lovely bed head texture,” said Laurent. “By staying away from the classic blow dry, we created a character with some cool factor,” he added.

For nails, CND nail expert Roxanne Valinoti applied two coats of CND Pink Lily followed by a high-shine coat of Air Dry Top Coat to “keep the nails feminine and simple” - a look that complimented the leather harnesses, lace and embroidery coming down the catwalk.

Roxanne also spilled the beans on some of her nail trend predictions for spring.  “The story for spring emerging right now is a theme we are calling ‘garden party,’” said Roxanne. “Lots of pinks and pale shades, but not very sheer. There is a reflection and iridescence in colors.” As for shape, it’s all about the almond. “Almond-shaped nails have been popular for the past few years. Designers, especially, are really capturing that now,” she said. “It looks really feminine and elongates the nails.”

To keep the nails healthy, Roxanne recommends CND Solar Oil. (She uses it on all the models backstage.) “Elements like acetone can strip the nails of moisture and that’s what makes them split, break and peel,” she said. “Solar Oil is vital to keep them lubricated and flexible.” She also says to make sure nails are coated at all times – even if it’s with just a base and topcoat. “It protects the nails from loss of moisture,” she added.