Runway Beauty: Betsey Johnson S/S 2012 Makeup, Hair and Nails

Inspired by Nicki Minaj, the look at Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 show was all about a glamor with a bright lip, big waves and blinged out nails.

Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 Runway Beauty
Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 Stila Facechart

Sarah Lucero for Stila Cosmetics created a glamorous face for real women with a dramatic cat eye and hot pink lips. She evened out the skin with Stila Perfect & Correct Foundation, Stila Brighten and Correct Concealer and Stila Sheer Pressed Powder. Then, she prepped the eyelid with Stila Prime Pot and added Sandstone Eyeshadow from Stila In The Light Palette. She lined the upper lashline with Stila Smudge Pot Gel Eyeliner in Black and winged it out for a cat eye look before adding metallic silver liner along the bottom lashline. To finish the look, she contoured the cheeks with Stila Sun Bronzing Powder and gave the lips a “gutsy” look with Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip in Petal topped with Stila Dazzling Sparkle Luxe Lipgloss.

The sexy side-swept ‘do was the work of
hairstylist Peter Gray for Cutler/Redken.

Step 1. Apply Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray all over at the root.

Step 2. Divide the hair in a diagonal part from front left to back right.

Step 3. Take hair under left part and sweep it around for a tight ponytail on the lower right nape of the neck.

Step 4. Gather hair on the right side of the part. Pin curl section by section and let set. Spray vigorously with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray on the top and inside each of the curls to lock into place.

Step 5. Once hair has dried, take the clips out and brush through to create dramatic waves.

Step 6. Spray Cutler Shine Tattoo to add glossy finish.

Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 Hair

Founding Creative Director Nonie Creme of butter LONDON created an uber cool nail look at the Betsey Johnson show.

“We did a reverse half moon manicure, with a “stair step” (meaning the false nail sits slightly higher than the nail plate – creating that extra “pop” for the catwalk) holographic glitter tip, in a pointed almond shape. For the glitter tip, we used Diamond Geezer and a holographic shade that was custom mixed for Betsey, and added a diamond stone to the curved base of each tip. Union Jack Black was used on the actual nail – creating the reverse half-moon that almost had a “bruised” effect. Always wanting one more “wow” factor for Betsey, we added a nail piercing with black baby safety pin. Rock and roll, fun, sex, glamour!”

Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 Nails

Photos: Courtesy of butter LONDON, Redken and WWD.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. OMG thanks for posting! I wanted to steal this look! Hair, makeup and all! Now I know exactly what to get! You’re the BEST!!!!

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