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Introducing: Badgley Mischka Mermaids

By Klaudia Tirico / September 10, 2013

Sure, pastels are always major for spring, but Badgley Mischka's pastel take is something that every Little Mermaid fan will appreciate. The designers' evening looks were, of course, inspired by modern mermaids and the beauty pros took full advantage of this fun inspiration. First up, the genius Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics somehow managed to use blue eyeshadow and keep the models from looking like 80s pop stars. That's no easy feat, if you ask us! Tom was inspired by "70s red carpet mermaids" and used the collection of chiffons, sequins and translucence to point him in the prettiest direction. 

To get the look, Tom kept the skin translucent by using Match Master Foundation as concealer and patted it on gently with his fingers. He stayed clear away from the powder and any color on the face and cheeks. For the eyes, he mixed white and cyan Chroma Cake and applied it with the MAC #252 Brush from the lash to the brow. He added some depth by lining the water line with Fascinating Eye Kohl and applying multiple coats of Haute + Naughty Lash mascara. The lips received a satin coral stain courtesy of a mix of Pick Me Up Pink and April Flowers from the Spring 2014 Lip Palette. 

Over in hair, Peter Gray for Moroccanoil chose a not-so-literal take on mermaids but still managed to pull off a look that complemented the collection and makeup beautifully. He was inspired by Jacque Henri Lartigue's black and white seaside photography of the 20s and 30s for the "chic, seaside glamour" look. 


The look was mix of textures that worked together to create an elegant style. Peter created soft finger waves with a deep side part and used Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray on the top of the hair for a glossy finish. Before he created the pretty hair roll, Peter started by making a small, hidden horizontal braid at the nape of the neck that allowed the hair roll to be pinned securly in place (he only had to use four U-pins to keep the style steady!). He took the rest of the hair and rolled it up from left to right and then rough-ed it up to add some texture. It's perfect wedding day hair if we do say so ourselves. 

Deborah Lippmann was the mastermind behind the soft, etheral manicures and pedicures at the show. "I wanted to mix textures," said Deborah, who opted for a white pedicure topped off with matte topcoat. The color, Pseudo Silk Kimono (from Deborah's Silk Collection - out November), actually has a sheen to it which peeks out from beneath the matte topcoat. For the manis, the talk of mermaids inspired her to layer two spring 2014 hues: one coat of Blue Orchid topped off with La Vie En Rose. This combo left a beautiful irradescent blue finish with a pink sheen. 

Deborah's pro tip on layering polish: "The key is to wait atleast two minutes in between coats and applying a very sheer first coat," said Deborah. "If you put too much on, it will take forever to dry, it will streak and the second color will smear with the first."