Backstage | Costello Tagliapietra

Take a closer look at the Costello Tagliapietra beauty look for F/W 2012.

Makeup: Lisa Butler, MAC
Hair: Nelson Vercher, Rene Furterer
Nails: Tatyana Molto, Essie

“There’s not really an inspiration. It’s really nice dresses, they’re wearable they’re not conceptual, so the makeup is designed to go with the dresses. It’s like, this is a nice dress and this makeup looks really nice with it. So its the usual nude makeup with a bit of sculpture and mascara, the usual things, but tailored to each person. There’s a little bit of green and gray cream eyeshadow on the lower lash line because it gives personality and warmth. It’s the idea of giving a little drama and personality rather than just doing a beige, bland look. The green is not a statement. It’s clean makeup, but rather than it be just clean makeup, the green adds  a bit more personality, more cool, a bit of cool, it’s more shading and soft.

It’s appropriate for Fall because people are less tan and paler. It looks really bare so it needs a little bit of something, some sculpture or some dimension. In winter the dark colors throws and there’s nude, but there needs to be soemthing in there to balance. We’re trying to add something else, to lift it rather than be just technical.” – Lisa Butler

“The dresses from the collection are a little darker so i wanted to created soemthing a bit more severe. That’s where the masculinity comes in, but it’s still feminine. It’s a bit harsh lady but in a beautiful, elegant way. It’s masculine but a bit haunting and feminine, so its kind of like an oxymoron.

The products are so nourishing. It’s amazing to take conditioning products and use them as styling products. I’m layering with Rene Furterer products. I started with Nourishing Mask then a Nourishing Oil, then the Sculpting Gel and finishing with the Styling Wax. At the very end, the hair is sprayed with Avene Thermal Spring Water so it has a glisten at the end.

I’m doing two inverted twists, one coming one way and the other going in the opposite direction, and just making them meet and pinning it. It’s sleek with not too many comb marks. It’s just really finished and polished, but still severe with a softness to it

Products (all Rene Furterer): Nourishing Mask, Nourishing Oil, Sculpting Gel, Styling Wax, Thermal Spring Water


“It’s a very elegant nail. To get the color exactly like the designers wanted it, we did three colors. We started with Essie’s Carry On, then Bordeaux, which is like a fine bottle of red wine and its almost translucent, and topped it off with Little Brown Dress. It’s universally flattering so it works on every skin tone.

Everyone  wants their own color and that’s what this is about. We’re the mother of layering and that’s one way to have your own color. If your nails are not done, you’re not dressed.” – Essie Weingarden, founder of Essie

“I got there for a test and they showed me the clothes. They wanted something rich, sophisticated, and classy, and the colors were very earthy and warm. I thought it would be nice to mix colors together. For fall i always think of deep rich reds, burgundys, and deep greens. In terms of deciding how to layer, I just thought, this was purple so I wanted chocoloate but not too brown, because browns can be weird sometimes. I didnt want a red or burgundy because it’s already been done. I thought layering a purple or a brown would make the perfect color. The color has depth to it and it doesn’t look flash.” – Tatyana Molto

Products (all Essie): Carry On, Bordeaux, Little Brown Dress



Backstage | Costello Tagliapietra

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