Karen Walker Spring 2012 was a riotous mashup of 1940's housewife style with a serious punk rock twist. To create this retro-inspired yet thoroughly modern look beauty experts from Bumble and Bumble, CND Nails and Clinique came together behind the scenes to give the models a one-of-a-kind glamour that was pure Karen Walker. Here's how they did it.
First, that amazing hair:
Bumble and Bumble's key stylist Laurent Philippon wanted a retro, but never matronly look that was fresh young, and just a little bit imperfect, almost as if the model's had put their hair up themselves. To create this done, but undone look Philippon started by spraying the roots with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray to add mega volume. Next he used Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to rough up the hair before rolling it into a classic 1940's shape. Finally Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder was added to give the hair a worn look and small pieces were loosened to create a relaxed, modern shape.
Now the glowing beauty:
Clinique key artist Jenna Menard was tasked with creating an "All American Girl" look that would compliment, but not upstage either the collection, or the inspired hair. To do this she focused on clean glowing skin courtesy of Clinique repairwear laser focus foundation with a peachy-pink cheek, and a bright poppy lip.
Finally, those fabulous nails!
Always on the absolute cutting edge of fashion CND creates a totally unique nail color for every single runway show they do ( and they have done a TON). For Karen Walker, lead manicurist Wanda Ruiz created a hue she called "Murky Mustard" by adding exactly 7 drops of CND nailcolor BlackJack to CND Nailcolor Bicycle Yellow. "This bold and vibrant color can be worn by anyone, of any skin tone." Ruiz explained, "It just takes the right attitude to pull it off."