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By Amelia Mularz

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“Hitchcock loved blonds,” M.A.C makeup artist Kabuki explained backstage before The Blonds Fall 2013 show. Soon the models would lineup, the song “Psycho Killer” would blast through the speakers and looks ranging from a white fur straightjacket to a blood-spattered trench would appear on the runway. But Hitchcock inspired more than just the hair color for the evening—the whole show was a slasher flick extravaganza.

So how did the beauty pros create a look worthy of retro scream queens? Kabuki focused on the eyes. Black liner drawn in a cat eye shape created a femme fatale quality, while gobs of black mascara looked almost tarantula-like. Cream eye shadow was equally appropriate in graphic red.

For hair, stylist Nick Irwin also drew inspiration from the Hollywood heroine. Short blond wigs looked very Tippi Hedren-esque, but with a modern twist. The secret weapon? Plenty of TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo. Irwin sprayed the wigs before styling for major volume and a dry, almost matte finish that he says will be the trend for fall.

If there was any mistaking the cinematic inspiration behind the evening’s look, CND sealed the deal with their expert manicures. Images of Jack Nicholson from The Shining and Janet Leigh from Psycho showed up on nail tips. There was also a set with the outline of Hitchcock himself and another with “REDRUM” scratched into red polish and black shellac. Other nails were bedazzled with Swarovski crystals (8,000 in total), and a subtler, yet equally terrifying set looked like a padded cell.

But if the drama on the runway wasn’t enough, the audience was sufficiently theatrical. A man wearing centaur horns sat front row, as did Debbie Harry and Carmen Electra. And oh yes, Johnny Weir was there too, in a matador costume no less.

Originally published February 2013
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