Some of the most delightfully unusual makeup, hair, and nail looks surfaced at the Diego Binetti Spring 2012 show, which took place on Tuesday, September 13th, at nightlife hot spot Provocateur. Fusing together carnival references with medieval hardware, circus motifs, harlequinade color influences, and masquerade ball theatrics, makeup artist James Vincent painted models’ faces in purple, blue, and pink tones, adorning them with lace stencils, theatrical artificial lashes, and feathers (some perfectly arranged to line the periphery of the eye, resembling masquerade ball masks). The idea of makeup as mask, as playful disguise, guided the entire process.
The hair looks created for the show were equally theatrical. Rodney Cutler, owner of the Cutler/Redken Salons, masterminded numerous sweeping updos, including a French twist and a bouffant-style chignon. The common denominator for all these looks was the texture — after blow drying the hair roughly with Redken Fashion Work 12, he took small 1/8” sections of hair and crimped them using a mini crimper. These crimped strands of hair were then gathered with the straightened strands and twisted section by section, then twirled into dramatic updos and secured with pins. For greater hold, he sprayed Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray all over the head.
For the final touch of drama, CND nail artist Candice Manacchio created pink ombré manicures with gilded tips. To craft the “Harlequin Hardware” manicures, Manacchip began by staining nails with CND Colour in Raspberry and CND Colour in Frosting Cream, allowing the periphery of the nail plate to appear darker than the centers, then capping tips with gold or silver metal for a glitzy take on a French manicure. Models with exposed toes had their nails painted with CND Raspberry Parfait.
Backstage at Diego Binetti’s Spring 2012 fashion show, manicurist Candice Manacchio perfected “harlequin hardware” nail art. The ombré finish complemented the Bueno Aires born designer’s fanciful collection, which was full of chiffon and lace fabrics dipped in pink, coral and cream. However, it was the metallic French tips, in what Binetti described as “a little ghetto edge” that enticed me to dress up my digits with this look.
To recreate this design, start by filing nails into a square shape. Apply a base polish and once dry, paint on two coats of CND Nail Colour in Frosting Cream (a sheer pale pink). Then brush on CND Raspberry Parfait (an opaque pink) to the outer corners — forming a “U” shape. To achieve the “acid-wash” center, rub gently with acetone. Finish by capping with silver or gold tips.
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I mentioned the nails from the Diego Binetti, but this time it is the makeup that I’m calling attention to. Isn’t it amazing? Makeup artist James Vincent used carnival references, medieval hardware, circus motifs and masquerade balls as inspiration for the different looks he created for the show; two of the looks are pictured here. Lace stencils, artificial lashes and even feathers were used to create these looks that played on the idea of makeup as a mask. Well done, sir.
Stylist Rodney Cutler took inspiration from the theatrical and highly editorial show when crafting the crimped look. Here’s how to get the look.
Blow-dry the hair roughly with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray.
Take small eighth-inch sections of your hair and crimp with a mini crimper for texture.
Finish by twisting the hair up section by section into various updos and twists. Lock your style into place with pins.
Finish with Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray.
The collection is full of dreamy creams, corals, and touches of neon pink. As with previous seasons, the designer has a strong love for combining textures and embellished elements which are prevelant in this collection. Full of flowing chiffons, tiers of lace and encrusted mirrors, the designer also incoporated a new construction tecnique involving origami.
SO HERE YOU HAVE IT, THE INSIDE SCOOP ON DIEGO BINETTI, COLORFUL MAKEUP, UNIQUE FASHION PEICES AND EASY TO DO TRENDY HAIR STYLES. GO OUT SHOPPING TO FIND EVEN ONE PIECE OF INSPIRATION TO JAZZ UP YOUR LOOK. HAPPY FRIDAY!
BY CANDICE MANACCHIO XOXO