Sally Hansen for Stella McCartney

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By Amy Lawrenson

Stella McCartney is the latest designer to work with Sally Hansen. While Prabal Gurung and Rodarte have collaborated on colour ranges (we have our fingers crossed for Stella shades in future) the designer enlisted Sally Hansen to create the nail look at her AW14 show this morning at the Paris Opera House. The brand’s new Global Ambassador Madeline Poole was on hand creating bespoke nude shades for every single model. No mean feat.

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The base colour for most of the girls was Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Shore Thing. Dark skintones had a layer of Nude Now over the top, medium skintones Café au Lait, fair skins had Shell We Dance to give a pinky tone, while olive skintones had two layers of the base Shore Thing. Madeline’s tip for wearing nude polish is to choose a shade a little paler than your skintone, ‘it’s more flattering, unless of course you want to go for the mannequin look’. If your nails are in good condition sheer layers of polish can look chic, but if they aren’t looking their best then a creamy opaque is best – it’s akin to foundation whether you’re more into tinted moisturiser or a full coverage usually depends on the quality of your skin.

To ensure a great look on a short time scale, Madeline and her team treated the models to a mini mani with the Cuticle Rehab X and finished the polish with a high-shine top coat.

Wella’s Eugene Souleiman wanted the hair to have an ease and a spontaneity to it. Centre parted, freshly washed hair was grabbed into a baggy ponytail – ‘it’s fast hair, like she’s just run out of the house’. Some of the ponytails hung loose, while others were nonchalantly tucked into the collars of coats. Product was near to non-existent just shampoo, conditioner and a liberal spritz of h2O.

Facialist Caroline Hirons was on hand to treat the models to mini facials using Sunday Riley skincare products before Pat McGrath worked her magic creating a make-up look that was more about looking naturally gorgeous than it was product. A little brown on the eyes, brown mascara, groomed brows and a freshness to the cheeks (read a pinky blush). For models with good skin foundation was applied where needed, while others who needed foundation all over had it lightly tissued off so it looked like real skin not make-up.

See the Stella McCartney show here...

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