Runway Beauty: Naeem Kahn S/S 2012 Makeup and Nails at NYFW

At the Naeem Kahn runway Spring 2012 show, James Boehmer, NARS Cosmetics Director of Global Artistry, created silver metallic eyes and muted lip while CND‘s Wanda Ruiz gave models dark, urbane nails.

Makeup and nails at Naeem Kahn Spring 2012

“The starting point for the makeup was the Ava Gardner inspired eyebrow. With the bold, graphic eye, but not-so-bold lip, the makeup is reminiscent of Ursula Andress,” said James. “I wanted to create contrasts between the eye and lip. The skin is very cool – there’s no warmth to it, and the eyes are a wash of metallic silver.”

Naeem Kahn Spring 2012 runway makeup

• Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – new for Spring 2012; for now try a light application of Sheer Glow Foundation
• Dolce Vita Blush

• Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil
• Lhasa Single Eyeshadow – new for Spring 2012; for now try Ondine Single Eyeshadow
• Paris Duo Eyeshadow
• Larger Than Life Volumizing & Lengthening Mascaras

• Fantasia Lip Liner Pencil
• Bilbao Lipstick – new for Spring 2012; for now, try Pago Pago Lipstick
• Gold Digger Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

Wanda crafted the “Hematite Nails” by using saturated concrete gray CND Colour in Asphalt finished with Super Shiney Top Coat for a lustrous look.

Naeem Kahn Spring 2012 Nails

Photos: Courtesy of NARS and CND.

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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.


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