Runway Beauty: Modern Medieval at Rodarte Spring/Summer 2013

Modern Medieval was the inspiration behind the sleek hair, nude makeup and nails at the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2013 show.

Rodart Spring/Summer 2013 backstage makeup

James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics

* NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate
* NARSskin Total Replenishing Eye Cream

* Sheer Glow Foundation
* Sex Appeal Blush
* Radiant Creamy Concealer (new for Spring 2013) For a similar effect, try Concealer.

* Himalayas Single Eyeshadow
* Triple X Lip Gloss

* Triple X Lip Gloss

CND Nail Artist Michele Huynh designed “Modern Medieval” manicures by weaving strips of custom blended and mattefied CND Colours in Desert Suede, Frosting Cream and Chocolate Milk over a base blend of high shine CND Colours in Desert Suede and Frosting Cream. Each nail tip required fifteen minutes to hand-detail – and the 30 total sets of nails for the show took 150+ hours to create!

Nails by CND at Rodart Spring/Summer 2013

Odile Gilbert, legendary lead stylist for Kérastase Paris created a “very straight, very flat and sleek and tight to the head” look with a deep side part.

1. Prep damp hair with Sublimateur Jour and blow dry hair straight and flat against the head.
2. Apply Fibre Architecte and flat iron the lengths for a pin-straight look.
3. Create a horizontal part, starting on one side at the ear and going across the head for a “comb over” effect.
4. Leaving the front right section loose, and spray the rest of the sections behind the ear with Double Force Hairspray.
5. To give the hair ultimate shine, apply Elixir Ultime The Imperial at the top of the head.

Images: Courtesy of CND and Kérastase Paris.

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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