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Backstage Beauty: Gareth Pugh Autumn/Winter 2012

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It's not every day you hear the phrase "nun nude" to describe makeup, but Alex Box coined the term and the look backstage at Gareth Pugh's Autumn/Winter show today.

Box told us that the makeup gave a real nod to the clothes, with references to wrapping and the "ecclesiastical, 18th century quality" in the collection.

"I was inspired by the way a nun's habit cuts the face into a diamond shape... so I used milliner's elastic over the forehead to recreate the construction of a wimple".

As for the rest of the look, the skin was as flawless and fresh as it gets. Box relied on Mac's Strobe Cream to bring out an inner light under Studio Sculpt Foundation for a "dewy, virginal" finish. Futuristic Cream Cake and Pink Opal Pigment were dabbed onto the eyes before a blend of Morange and Crosswire Lipsticks, plus Lip Conditioner, were added on the cheeks.

The models' beauty look was complete with half-moon nails. (We're predicting this retro style will be a big hit this A/W). Filthy Gorgeous nail shades were used with a blend of light grey BeeBee and Thunderstorm. A matte, crackle finish was added before the nails were runway ready.

More from the Gareth Pugh collection below: