We’re spending the week skulking around backstage at some of the hottest (and coolest) shows at New York fashion week to bring you the best beauty looks, new products, and gossipy tidbits that we pick up in our travels.
We spent our Sunday worshipping at the church of fashion--we dragged our sorry selves out of bed really early to check out Victoria Beckham's look at the New York Public Library and lasted all the way until the evening, when we ooh'ed and ah'ed over Zac Posen's signature elegant beauty look. (Start practicing a gorgeous bordeaux lip!)
Hair (Luigi Murenu for John Frieda): Zac Posen mussed up his girls just a teeny bit this season, in the form of a chignon with texture. The secret? Crimp the hair before you twist. "[Crimping] creates shapes very nicely and it's very controversial in a way, not straight and not curly," Murenu said.
Makeup (Kabuki for MAC): "The fit model for the clothes looked a lot like Tilda Swinton, so I wanted to bring that stripped down element but still keep the glamour and excitement," longtime Posen collaborator Kabuki said. Be careful when using white powder on the eyes though. "Something like this white could photograph scary, so it's more vanilla," he said. The jewel in this look? That killer burgundy lip. And yes, it was 90s inspired.
Nails (Michelle Saunders for Essie): Posen loves his girls in matching lips and tips, and Essie's "Carry On" did the job nicely.
Diane von Furstenburg:
Hair (Orlando Pita): The look? A glamorous textured wave. "I was inspired by Diane herself." As most people are...
Makeup (John Kaliardos for MAC): "Diane went back to her roots," Kaliardos said. "In the 70s Diane was the epitome of beauty and glamor." The hot pink lip has been our favorite of the season so far, and you can get it with MAC's Processed Magenta lip pencil, which Kaliardo said is the "creamiest, best, and brightest" magenta on the market.
Hair (Guido Palau for Redken): "Purposeful messiness" has become a hair theme this week. "All the [loose] strands are on purpose," Palau said. "And the texture is what makes it special. Modern hair isn't about big shapes and big blowouts like in the past. It's about nuances." The goal? Sexy imperfection. This hair wasn't flashy, but we really loved the loose, easy ponytails.
Makeup (Diane Kendal for MAC): All Kendal did was "emphasize the girls' features and make them look really beautiful." We wish we had features like this.
Makeup (Mally Roncal): Here are reasons why Mally cosmetics founder Mally Roncal is awesome: She peppers her speech with bon mots like, "Beyoncé taught me that it's all about the big earring for daytime," and describes looks as, "It's an intentional f*cked up eye look." She was referring to an opaque black eye, swept out with little feathery swipes of the deepest black eyeliner. After sweeping the opaque black shade from Mally's City Chicks palette in SoHo Silver, Mally bent a mascara wand at a right angle and liberally dipped it into her Cream Gel Eyeliner. She used tiny flicking motions to drag the color individually out, creating whispery thin smudges, tailoring the magnitude to each model. Just the thing for the "quintessential New York girl that doesn't "give a shit what you think."
Hair (Jeanette Syfu for TreSemme): A girl with places to go and things to see, whose hair gets naturally disheveled through the course of the day (so like, us, everyday.) Syfu did a deep side part held in place with a set of bobby pins, spray painted matte black.
Nails (Tracylee for Sally Hansen): A green/blue turquoise (New Age Blue) edged with a perimeter of gold (Wedding Glitters) across the left, right, and moon of the nail.
Hair (Esther Langham with Alterna and T3): A soft wave with an edge, but nothing "too perfect." (Is this theme starting to sound familiar yet?)
Makeup (Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com): A non-girly, arty look with a purply-red lip and "live" eye achieved with a little bit of makeup math and a face oil that Soleimani called "the shit." (Hint: it's Joanna Vargas's Rejuvenating Serum mixed in with shadow.) Want those lips? Here's the equation: Gray Purple (Improvise eyeshadow) + Grape (Glance eyeshadow) + Purple/Fuchsia (Gemma Color Balm.)
Nails (Deborah Lippmann): An urban romantic look with a short, rounded nail in Dark Side of the Moon with a coat of Flat Top, a top coat matte-ifier.
Hair (Rodney Cutler): Low, polished ponytails with bohemian, bourgeois chic, inspired by Marisa Berenson, Jane Ford, 60s Harper's Bazaar, and '70sVogue covers. The ultimate 'hat hair,' with ponytail placement just below the occipital bone of the head.
Face (Sarah Lucero for Stila): Faye Dunaway in the '70s. Knowing there were hats, Lucero wanted to enhance and warm up their skin, and create "a sunrise" on the eye. Sweeping rustic sand tones (Fire) across the eye, she placed a golden sunset tone in the middle of the eye to create a dimensional look. Lots of Kitten All-Over Shimmer around the bones of the face to counteract the matte eye.
Nails (Julep): Greige is back! (Whitney on the hands and Toni on the toes.)