Backstage: Tahari

Yesterday, I had backstage access to Tahari thanks to the PR girls at Dashing Diva. The show was being held conveniently at the Elle Tahari showroom right across the street from Bryant Park.  

First, I interviewed Kim Soan, the head makeup artist for Bobbi Brown who created the look. Since the spring/summer 2010 Tahari clothing line was made up of beautiful beiges and golds, she wanted to keep the makeup very natural with a bronzed glow.  The overall goal was effortless beauty.  

Bobbi Brown's Opal Long-Wear Cream Shadow was used on the models lids and as soon as I tested it out on my hand I fell in love. Soan described it as a touch of "pinkish-orange sunset glow."  The color looked very different in the container. She then defined the eyes with Extreme Party Mascara, which actually re-wets itself as you apply it.  The makeup artists were applying it to the models top lashes only and then reapplying it right before the show.  It's a great mascara to carry in your bag because you can apply it before work, and then again right before happy hour without worrying about getting the spidery, clumpy effect.

A luminating bronzer with shimmer was brushed across the cheeks for added sheen.  Hint: when wearing bronzer, opt for a luminating one if you have smooth skin, if there's texture to your skin (acne, wrinkles or other skin problems) choose a matte bronzer to make it appear smoother.  To finish off the look, Soan used Bronze Pink Creamy Lip Color, which allowed for the models natural lip color to come through a little bit.

Next, I spoke with Frank Rizzieri and Kevin Ryan of R Sessions Tools who created an effortless chic 'do to go with the makeup look. The hair looked simple, a controlled mess, all down with a middle part and some fly aways. However, it took a lot of effort.  

"The trick to the undone look is to do the hair and then undo it perfectly," commented Ryan. The master team began blow drying and straightening all of the girls hair.  Then proceeded to use a variety of hot tools to create texture and movement from the root so the hair looked straight, but not flat.  

Dashing Diva's lead nail tech, Pattie Yankee, lead the team to perform manicures and pedicures on 30 models while they had their hair and makeup done.  The look was to be simple, clean and sophisticated and that's exactly what they got with the nail color "Well Connected" by Dashing Diva.  They also cleaned the mens nails (not their feet) and left them buffed and shaped up, runway ready.