The MTV Style Staff in beauty looks from Karen Walker, The Blonds, Jen Kao, and Jeremy Scott.
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Ahh, FASHION. Although we love to obsess over drape, color, pattern, and detail at the shows, the sad fact is that many of our fave styles at New York Fashion Week just don't translate to our every day lives. As much as we wish the tail of that Jeremy Scott monster suit wouldn't get SO GROSS dragging around the New York subway system, the fact is that some things are better left on the runway. Can the same be said for beauty looks? While we're not going to be rocking technicolor bowl cuts à la Betsey Johnson's Fall 2013 show anytime soon, we wanted to see if some of the bolder runway looks from New York Fall 2013 Fashion Week might just be the bit of high fashion oomph our tired daily routines have been missing. What better way to figure this out for sure than to test them out, we thought, and so this post was born. Should we get over our phobia of pairing a super dark eye with a bright red lip? Gaby Wilson tried out Jen Kao's striking look to find out. Are white brows and orange shadow a thing we should get into? Liza Darwin served amazing Karen Walker to see. Can lightning blots be a thing that works...on your face? Chrissy Mahlmeister took a cue from Jeremy Scott and can tell you. And finally, could we add a little old Hollywood horror to our old standby cat-eye? Maud Deitch road-tested The Blonds' beauty look to know for sure. For the skinny on how we got each look, what products we used, and just how wearable they really were, look no further than after the jump!
First off, happy 25th birthday, Rihanna! You've received the best gift anyone could ever ask for—total world domination. I mean, first RiRi launched a (dang good!) clothing collection with River Island, and today it was announced that she collabed with MAC Cosmetics on multiple (read that again: multiple) makeup collections. Between this and her, um, SUPER SUCCESSFUL MUSIC CAREER, girl has been busy! She told WWD that this collab was a "no-brainer," and the first product she plans to launch is "RiRi Woo"—a lipstick inspired by her oh-so-infamous matte MAC Ruby Woo red pout. (See: Rihanna at the Grammys.) According to WWD, the lipstick will be released at the same time at her Diamonds Tour concerts in Brooklyn complete with—get this—a MAC pop-up shop to show off the full collection! YASSSS.
Whew, New York Fashion Week is officially over, y'all—BUT that doesn't mean we're done dishin' on all the killer fashion and beauty looks we peeped on the runway and backstage! If you've been following us on Instagram (WHICH YOU SHOULD!), you might've been tipped off to all the cool nail art happening this year. From 3D studs to super intricate artwork, the runway certainly wasn't short of models sporting decked-out digits. So, we decided to compile all the best, boldest, and most outrageous nail art from NYFW so you can catch up on all the manis you might've missed. Let's get to it!
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Nail art from the Assembly Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Assembly New York was all about mixing work and play in their fall 2013 collection, but when we peeped the nails and realized they were Emojis, we basically lost our shiz. Miss Pop created these bright yellow stunners using the oh-so-famous iPhone Japanese icons as inspiration, and we LOVE. IT. *double taps photo*
Nail art from The Blonds fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show.
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Earlier this week we dissected The Blonds killer (heh) classic Hollywood horror film-inspired fall 2013 pieces at NYFW (think: fake blood splatters in the form of sequins and dresses doubling as rope-tied victims), but when we looked closer at these frighteningly good ensembles, we noticed the models' nail art game was ridiculously on point—we're talking incredibly iconic slasher flick moments etched onto mini fingernail canvases. Above, you'll see a white on black "Bates Motel" mani from the movie Psycho and the word "REDRUM" (murder backwards!) painted on her nails just like in The Shining. We're gettin' the creeps just looking at it.
Welp, if you got totally wrapped up in the New York Fashion Week/Grammys storm (like us!), you've miiight've forgotten about a lovely little thing called Valentine's Day happening tomorrow. If you have a killer date/girl's night planned and still want into get into the holiday spirit, we've got some super cute last-minute DIY options to get your nail game on POINT before the big day. One of our favorite looks is this blue and white heart mani (above) with a different design on every digit. We love how it's mod-inspired AND isn't in the traditional pink and white color scheme. (Also, if you want to keep it simple, just pick one of these designs and do it on all your fingers!)
Kelly Clarkson at the 2013 Grammys in L.A. on Feb. 10, and her custom Deborah Lippmann nail polish.
Photo: Getty Images/Kelly Clarkson's Instagram
Just when you think you've seen EVERYTHING from the 2013 Grammys, we got our hands on even more deets behind some of the best beauty looks of the night. We loved Kelly Clarkson's super shimmery violet, pink, and gold glitter polish, which popped against her tea-length black sweetheart dress. But, as it turns out, it was a custom creation made just for Ms. Clarkson! She Instagrammed a pic of her decked-out nails and said, "The great Deborah Lippmann created a custom nail polish for me today! Should we call it 'Stronger?'" Wait, does this mean she's actually making this nail polish?! YASSS.
While the 2013 Grammys lacked both meat dresses and see-through lace gowns, the attendees didn't seem to follow that fashion advisory memo CBS sent out in hopes of curbing "inappropriate" nudity. They didn't actually think that, of all people, musicians would listen, did they? Even with side-boob and full leg exposed, the Grammys seemed a bit more tame and glamorous this year than in years past, and of course we could count on a lot of great hair and makeup. Below are some of my favorite beauty looks from the night along with tips on how to get the signature piece of the look.
Rihanna at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
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Dare I say best dressed?? Rihanna always looks good, but I'm not sure we've ever seen her look this glamorous. Her hair is to die for, but my favorite thing about this look is how perfectly her lips match her dress. To get lips as good as this, I'd recommend trying NARS Semi Matte lipstick in Jungle Red.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2013 Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.
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Almost exactly a year ago, Angelina Jolie debuted her infamous right leg at the Oscars and, lucky for us, it's baaaccckk! On the Grammys red carpet, Jennifer Lopez sported a black, one-shoulder Anthony Vaccarello satin gown with a slit up to gosh-knows-where, and we can't stop staring it. (Sorry!) If you can tear your eyes away from her toned thighs, you'll see she accessorized with killer strappy gold and black stilettos, a gold paneled clutch, SERIOUSLY impressive bangles, and diamond stud earrings. For her beauty game, she pulled her hair back into a tight high bun and went for black liner all around her eyes. She finished the look with a glossy nude lip and bronzed cheeks. But, um, have y'all peeped her nails yet? IN. SANE.
Kelly Osbourne at the 2013 Grammy Awards in L.A. on Feb. 10.
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If there's one person we can always count on to bust out an A+ nail game for awards shows, it's Kelly Osbourne. The E! Grammy Awards host continually nails (heh) her ornate-but-not-too-over-the-top red carpet manis, and tonight is no different. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Kelly opted for some white hearts on her tips, which is a super cute twist on the traditional French manicure. Her crisp white nails totally pop against her all-black Paule Ka cut-out gown, which we LOVE. (No pun intended!) If you're thinking this mani looks a WEE but familiar, your memory has served you right—Kelly sported a similar heart manicure at the SAG Awards a couple weeks ago. But tell us, do you like Kelly's heart nail art? Let us know in the comments below!