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Sure, the clothes and accessories are probably the most important aspects of any runway show, but the beauty looks can certainly make or break any Fashion Week presentation. Check out our favorite beauty moments from Spring 2012.For more fashion week coverage, visit our all-access pass to Spring 2012 Fashion Week!
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The jazzy, Cabaret-inspired beauty look at Marc Jacobs concentrated on dewy skin, heavy eyelashes, and a short fringe of bang tied back with handkerchiefs. According to lead makeup artist François Nars, the models were meant to look like dancers, and three pairs of false eyelashes were used for each girl
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Orlando Pita might have created the coolest braid we've ever seen for Michael Kors' spring show. To accent the safari-themed collection, the modified fishtail was tied with strands of leather, and the models' hair looked messy and lived-in.
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Wet, messy, and matted, the voluminous updos at Proenza Schouler were part deconstructed pompadour and part dreadlock.
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We adored the retro beauty at Anna Sui: Red nails, cherry lips, and '40s-inspired barrel curls — some of which were topped off with sailor caps, floppy hats, and turbans.
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The hair at J.Mendel was the perfect balance of grunge and glam — parted far on the side with a fringe left hanging over the models' eyes, the stiff texture was meant to look matted.
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Yet another brilliant hairstyle by Odile Gilbert of Kerastase — these haphazard updos were meant to look wind-blown with free-flowing pieces of hair.
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The Rodarte collection was primarily inspired by Van Gogh's art and brushwork, and James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics played on the "Starry Night" theme by creating a round, smoky eye in shades of blue, paired with a lavender lip.
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Oscar de la Renta
Fluffy and fabulous with a floral crown... need we say more?
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The models at the Brigitte Bardot-inspired Rachel Zoe presentation wore their hair in undone buns — slightly messy but plenty romantic.
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Another neon hair appearance — models sported spray-painted updos in vivid shades of green, orange, blue, purple, and yellow.
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The undone, urban wave done to perfection at Theyskens' Theory — the ultimate accent to the clothing designed for the coolest girls around.
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One part pony mixed with one part fishtail equals one amazing beauty look.
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This simple looped ponytail is probably one of the easiest 'dos of the season to recreate. Parted down the middle and worn low at the nape of the neck, it's elegant, graceful, and — perhaps most importantly — practical.
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Designer Chris Benz certainly doesn't shy away from color — case in point: his hair is currently hot pink — and this came through in his spring beauty look. With wacky, Elizabeth Taylor-inspired hair, neon green eye makeup, and an orange-red lip, the beauty look was just as bold as his collection.
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Marc by Marc Jacobs
Slicked back and sporty, the hair at Marc by Marc was unfussy while still looking sleek. A simple ponytail bumped up with silver clips — it's an everyday look, but elevated.
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It looks like we'll be slicking our hair back for spring — after appearances at Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung, the wet hair look popped up again at Ohne Titel. The style is simple, strong, and shows off the face.
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Alice & Olivia
We cannot wait to give this a try — Nails Inc. created a simple black and white striped nail at Alice & Olivia that is by far one of our favorite looks of New York Fashion Week.
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Odile Gilbert for Kerastase used clay powder in a variety of vibrant shades — hot pink, royal blue, lavender, and green — to match the colors in Thakoon's collection. Since the clothing was cowboy-inspired, the models' skin looks freshly tanned, with bold brows and brown eyeshadow.
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Charlotte Tilbury for MAC created an ombré effect on the models' lips at Prabal Gurung by layering shades of hot pink and purple. To accent the florals that filled Gurung's collection, Tilbury wanted the lips to look like "an orchid bursting from within."
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Diane von Furstenberg
The sixties-inspired style isn't going anywhere fast — Orlando Pita created a voluminous, twisted chignon at DVF that looked like a classic 1960s bouffant from the front.
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The Alexander Wang girl never looks fussy (but always looks cool), and this season the models walked the runway with glossy wet hair. The "urban nineties" makeup look kept the skin moisturized and natural with only black kohl liner rimming the eyes.
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The nail wizards at CND created a seriously cool ombré effect at Jen Kao. These "pretty poison" manicures fade from emerald green, sapphire blue, and blood red to black.
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Tom Pecheux of MAC cited his inspiration for the Altuzarra beauty look as "Elizabeth Taylor at the gym," which comes through in the thick, dark eyebrows and porcelain, matte skin.
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Much like Altuzarra, Derek Lam played up the bold brows, and kept the models' eyes bright with shimmery yellow and gold shadow. Rosy cheeks and sun-kissed, bronzed skin make this the perfect beauty look for spring.
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ADAM by Adam Lippes
The Kerastase team created loose waves to accent the romantic, feminine pieces that made up the ADAM collection. Sections of hair from the front were twisted and pinned back to help show off the models' dewy skin.
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We adore this glowy, natural look at Doo.Ri — Tom Pecheux for MAC used a creamy gold shadow in the corners of the eyes and on the brows for a bright, beautiful look. Aside from a sweep of blush along the cheekbones, the face was kept mostly bare.
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Band of Outsiders
We fondly remember this double-bun style as the 'do that was made famous by Baby Spice, but this chic, slightly messy rendition at Band of Outsiders looks lovely and laid-back — we'll definitely be testing this one out come spring.
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Band of Outsiders
The perfect simple eye — black liner with a bit of shimmer in the corners and along the bottom lash line.
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Kerastase created a side-swept style with loose waves for Jill Stuart, which was perfect for the ultra-feminine collection.
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Under normal circumstances, if your lips are purple and/or blue, it's probably a very bad thing. However, we're digging the bold lipstick statement at Richard Chai.
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