Best-Kept Beauty Secrets From Fashion Week
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Backstage Beauty1 of 8
By Tiffany Tse
Though what's happening on the New York Fashion Week runways right now is exciting, we're equally interested in what's going on backstage. After all, designers use world-class makeup artists and hairstylists to create their models' final looks. We've rounded up backstage beauty secrets that you can also try at home.
Just Browsing2 of 8
Here's a quick fix in case you don't have a brow pencil handy: Use mascara instead! At Peter Som's show, makeup artist Tom Pecheux covered a flat brush in MAC's Zoom Lash Mascara in Lofty Brown and brushed it upward through the brows, making them appear fuller.
Read My Lips3 of 8
Think concealer's just for skin? Nope. Ask makeup artist Daniel Martin, who prepped each Chadwick Bell model's pucker with NYX's HD Concealer Wand before applying lipstick. "Canceling out the natural lip color brightens the color you lay on top of it," he tells us. "You can do this trick at home to pump up the shade of any lipstick. This helps retain the color longer as well."
Get Twisted4 of 8
Though the models at Peter Som wore their hair slightly messy and undone, Eugene Souleiman, global creative director for Wella Professionals, used a specific technique to get the look. He pulled wet hair into a high ponytail, secured it with an elastic band and twisted hair as he was blow-drying to add extra volume and texture. To finish, he sprayed tresses with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Hairspray.
Pass the Tissues5 of 8
The hair at Prabal Gurung's show was flat and modern, thanks to hairstylist Paul Hanlon's cool trick. He wrapped tissue (note: you can use toilet paper!) around models' nearly dry hair from ear to ear, then fastened both ends with clips. The tissue helps soak up excess moisture but minimizes volume, resulting in a sleek hairstyle.
All That Glitters6 of 8
To achieve the "Marlene Dietrich eye" at Jason Wu's show, makeup artist Diane Kendal used Lancôme's Le Crayon Khol in Black Coffee and MAC's Glitter. "Line the lash line and eye socket with a soft brown pencil, leaving the lid open for placing the glitter," she explains. "The glitter is so fine it sticks to the eyelids with just water."
Skin Thin7 of 8
At Derek Lam, models sported creamy natural-looking complexions. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux and his team lightly applied Estée Lauder's Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup and Flawless Wear Concealer to skin with clean fingers instead of a brush or sponge. Why? Using your fingertips allows more control when you're applying foundation and concealer, and makes it easier to blend.
Skin Saver8 of 8
At Tocca's show, the focus was on the eyes, which were feminine and sparkly. Because there was so much eye makeup—from glittery shadow to mascara—artists applied makeup on models while pressing a tissue directly beneath their eyes. The tissue catches any excess glitter or mascara, keeping it from smudging onto the skin.