Here in New York, we're in the middle of a humid heat wave. But we may not need our blotting papers after all -- the unseasonable stickiness has really been inspiring hair stylists and makeup artists backstage at the spring 2015 shows.
On day one of New York Fashion Week at the Creatures of the Wind show, NARS makeup artist James Boehmer mentioned that the backstage team was inspired in part by the models who came to a casting on the hottest day of last week. "[Designers] Shane [Gabier] & Christopher [Peters] mentioned they liked seeing the girls coming to casting on that horribly hot day," Boehmer says. "On them, [the sweat] actually looked really gorgeous, so we went with that." They achieved the look with lots of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and a taupe-y blush courtesy of a to-be-released-in-spring lipstick shade called Ligueria.
Then on Saturday, two more designers embraced the sweaty look, this time for hair. At Prabal Gurung, hair stylist Paul Hanlon said the easy ponytails were meant to look like "when a girl's been to the gym and she’s a little bit sweaty and yanked [her hair] back into a ponytail." He used Tresemme Climate Protection mousse as a wax substitute to get the moist look.
And last but not least, while I was liberally sweating backstage at Pier 94 before the Alexander Wang show, hair stylist Guido explained that the futuristic, silicon-like, lacquered hair was partially inspired by "sweaty gym hair." Which I suppose makes perfect sense, considering Wang's collection this season was inspired by sneakers. Like the look? Smear lots of Redken Hardwear Sculpting Gel on your head and top off with a few spritzes of Diamond Oil spray.
Update: The humidity finally broke in NYC, but designers still have sweat on the brain. At Sunday's DKNY show, makeup artist Yadim said, "The inspiration is girls walking around the city on a really humid, hot day but still looking beyond gorgeous. We wanted that glistening skin, sexy and sultry." He used a lot of Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded as highlighter to get the glow, then he lightly spritzed models with Brilliant Diamant (a Parisian brand) hair oil just before they hit the runway. Hair stylist Eugene Souleiman's hair was a mash-up of many urban multi-culti looks: Chola, "old weaves," and "New York in the '80s." And of course, sweat. He used Wella Sculpt Force Gel to plaster hair down.
Fitness has already infiltrated fashion, and now it's taken over beauty. So don't sweat your sweat this week. Tell people, "I'm totally on trend."