The backstory for the Tadashi Shoji Fall 2013 woman has a dreamy, yet somewhat eerie, quality to it. “She’s a Russian czarina who’s escaped and running through the Russian tundra, and she’s frostbitten from the elements,” says the show’s lead makeup artist, Luc Bouchard. Running from what, we may never know, but though the mood sounds dark and not-at-all romantic, the beauty look is all sorts of lovely.
Appropriately, the nails look icy, meant to mirror the snow-blanketed tundra our czarina is running through. Lacquered by China Glaze lead manicurist Joy A. Johnson, the manicure is snow white, using China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around (from the spring 2013 Avant Garden collection), an “airy shade with light dustings of sparkle, like fresh snow falling from the sky,” she says. “It’s a great hue because it’s got a sheen to it that’s not a glitter. If you apply two very thin coats, as we are, it really does look like a light mist of snow.” It’s a softer variation on spring’s obsession with stark white, and a much easier way to wear ivory. —Karie L. Frost
[Images: China Glaze]