There are a lot of reasons we love backstage at New York Fashion Week: the models, the celebrities, the nails and of course the gorgeous beauty looks. But perhaps the most appealing aspect is that we get access to the top-tier makeup, hair, and nail pros in the world. These experts fly in for one week only to make sure every model is done up to perfection. And we beauty reporters are by their side, recorders out, soaking in all their knowledge. But we’re not greedy! So, here we’ve rounded some of the genius tips and tricks we’ve overheard backstage at the Fall 2015 tents. Keep reading to learn everything from how to turn your favorite shimmery lipstick into a velvety matte one to a new way to texturizing your hair.
Mattify Your Favorite Lipstick
Problem: you love a certain lipstick shade but wish it were matte. Backstage at Tibi, makeup artist Cassandra Garcia pressed a Pink lip shade on the pout and then dusted the mouth with a Porcelain Pearl blush to create an original matte hue. As with any matte lip color, make sure to let the lips marinate in lip balm first to rectify any dryness. This trick will also transition your favorite bright Summer lip hue to a more velvety, Fall-appropriate finish.
Play With Your Tools
Precise, geometric nail art isn’t just for the accurate hands of a manicurist — all you need to do is upgrade your everyday striper brush with a quick modification. Jin Soon Choi suggests cutting the tip off the brush. Instead of the standard pointed tip (like a v shape), hold your scissor perpendicular to the brush handle and snip the tip straight across to create a flat, squared-off edge. Forget those feathery designs — now your work will look blockier and crisper, like the Prabal Gurung runway nails.
Apply Cream Blush With Your Fingers
Remember the ’80s, when blush took over your entire cheek from lip to brow? Thank goodness trends are fleeting! Backstage at Misha Nonoo,makeup artist Marc Reagan taught us the more modern way to apply cream rouge — with your fingers. First smile and place product on the shelf of the cheek. Then, dab the color all the way back toward the hairline. Finally, use a separate clean finger to blend it downward. “[This technique] keeps the blush high on the cheek, which is lifting, and it covers the right area of the cheek where you naturally flush,” he said.
Mascara Free Eyes
Much like the seductive sophistication found in Altuzarra’s Fall 2015 collection, the makeup also was sublet yet alluring. For this collection no mascara was applied, the eyes were smoked with great eye shadow in the inner corner of the eyes and copper on the bottom lid. Shading and blending the colors together for sheen.
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