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I was only allowed backstage at the FW15 Ammerman Schlösberg show for a few brief moments. But that small window of time was enough for me to see that the shows hair and makeup were likely to be one of the most unusual beauty looks of the season.

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Mark Carrasquillo and the SEPHORA PRO team created the look, which was inspired by the clothing collection’s “Furry Hospital” theme. Featuring pale skin, glittery smokey eyes, and on some models– fake blood.

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All Photos and Content ®2014 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

VPL S/S 2013

Welcome to another guest post, from The Greyest Ghost assistant photographer Julio Cortez:

For VPL’s Spring 2013 collection, designer Victoria Bartlett brings more visibility to the panty line than ever before. The 43 piece collection is true to the brand’s signature comfort, functionality, and style. This season, Bartlett adds surreal feathers, contrast metallics, and parachute volume for our layering pleasure.


Hair lead Bob Recine created a symmetrical hairstyle to parallel the collection’s lines using PHYTO and Amika tools.

The hair is first styled back into a clean and tight pony tail.

It takes two people and four hands to execute the intricate fishtail braid.

The fishtail is then brought forward and pinned atop the head.

The hair is kept in place with a fishnet and PHYTO holding spray until the models are ready to sport their bungee head straps on the runway.


Makeup by Romy Soleimani with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics focused on soft, dewey skin and a flash of metallic eyelids. The skin is hydrated with ARCONA ice spray and eye dew for a natural, radiant glow. OCC primer is mixed with silver pigment and applied with a brush over the eye crease for a 90s stroke effect.


Nail art by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics completes the look, with a custom paint job created for the runway using a drop of blue “RX” lacquer blended with “Dangerous” and “Tarred”. This is a practical everyday color that you may want to mix for yourself at home. All nail lacquers available at


Bungee strapped girls breezed on the runway in casual futurism silhouettes embellished with metallic contrasts and plenty of peek-a-boo skin. Hard lines and signature symmetry are softened by Bartlett’s effortless draping combined with a playful neutral and pastel color palette. Fuzzy layers, earth tone sequins, and spring’s go-to parachute anorak round out an inspiring RTW collection that any city girl would want to slip into for sartorial comfort.

View the full photo set on Flickr!

®2013 The Greyest Ghost | Julio Cortez

Erickson Beamon F/W 2012: Backstage

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Between the sparkling jewels, and amazing hair and makeup, Erickson Beamon’s backstage surely contained some of the most gorgeous imagery I encountered all fw12 fashion week.

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To prep models’ skin before makeup, Arcona for freshened and plumped faces to revitalize and restore the effects of adding and removing so much makeup during fashion week.

First, skin was treated with Arcona Triad Pads, to remove existing makeup and tone skin. Peptide Hydrating Complex, then Hydrating Serum were used to plump skin, and create a dewy look. To finish, Eye Dew was smoothed over the eye area to create a base for the show’s intense smoky eye.

(Full disclosure: since this show, I’ve been using the Arcona Triad Pads regularly. And –especially after not using toner for the past few years– I saw a huge difference with my skin within a week!)

MAC lead makeup artist Fatima Thomas created a “vampy 1920’s flapper” look, that modernized vintage glamour.

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To get the look:
MAC Pro Paint Stick in Black Black was blended over the entire lid, followed by a dusting of MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon. MAC False Lashes Extreme Black was used to coat lashes, which, when drying were then dusted with MAC Pigment in Violet to give lashes a purple tint. To finish, MAC Pro Lipmix in Fuchsia and MAC Red Lipstick were blended together, to create the perfect vampy red shade.

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The finished makeup look.

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A faux, pinned up bob, created by Salon AKS hair lead stylist Nyree, for Phyto for rounded out the 1920’s look.

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To get the look: hair was wrapped tightly around a tail comb, then set with a flat iron to create imperfect curls. Hair was then set with Phyto Professional Strong Sculpting Gel, and Phyto Professional Wet Gel.

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The finished look, pinned to hold pre-show:
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Finally, a reverse ombre-effect nail by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for completed the overall look.

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Nails were painted with either Vintage (dark red) or Blackboard (dark green), with darker tips sponge-painted on, using OCC’s Tarred (black).

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The finished nail look:
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See the full photo set here.

All photos and content ®2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.