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Kristin Booker • September 6, 2014

New York Fashion Week Diaries: Backstage Beauty at Tess Giberson

Yesterday was a total whirlwind of backstage coverage with five —count ’em, FIVE — shows to cover from 9 am to 1 pm. First stop: backstage at Tess Giberson at New York’s Pier 59 Studios at Chelsea Piers.

Going backstage is a strange mixture of reunion time and awe-inspiring beauty fan time. I get to see editors that I know and love while we’re furiously working to cover all the stories and make sense of all the looks, but then you see industry legends like Dick Page holding court and your heart skips a beat. Dick Page is one of the rock stars of the beauty industry. For us beauty gals, Dick Page is like interviewing Eric Clapton. The man has endless talent and hands that produce unbelievable magic.

Tess Giberson backstage during New York Fashion Week, September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

Tess Giberson backstage during New York Fashion Week, September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

But let’s get to it, shall we? Here’s all the magic that went in to creating the beauty look for Tess Giberson’s Spring 2015 collection, which contained clothes inspired by early 70’s Palm Springs and the swimming pool culture of that era.

Tess Giberson backstage during New York Fashion Week, September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

Tess Giberson backstage during New York Fashion Week, September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The testers of the look Jin Soon Choi created for Tess Giberson. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The testers of the look Jin Soon Choi created for Tess Giberson. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

Not unlike celebrity manicurist and beauty maven of all things nails Jin Soon Choi, who I’m also excited to call a friend. Jin created the gorgeous nail look that juxtaposed a tousled hairstyle and shimmering blue eyes. “I wanted something that would compliment the collection and not against the look of the makeup and the clothes,” she said. “I think the matte finish against the shimmering makeup just looked so chic, edgy and different.”

Tess Giberson backstage during New York Fashion Week, September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

Tess Giberson backstage during New York Fashion Week, September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The finished nail look at Tess Giberson Spring 2015, created by Jin Soon Choi. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The finished nail look at Tess Giberson Spring 2015, created by Jin Soon Choi. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The look was created with a base coat of JINsoon Power Coat, then two coats of JINsoon Kookie White (pro tip: let each layer of white dry for at least two minutes before applying the next coat so you don’t get streaks) and topped with JINsoon Matte Maker. “The Matte Maker is a great product because it gives the polish a ceramic finish.”

Celebrity hairstylist Ward Stegerhoek for Living Proof backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Celebrity hairstylist Ward Stegerhoek for Living Proof backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models getting a rather messy side ponytail backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models getting a rather messy side ponytail backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Celebrity hairstylist Ward Stegerhoek for Living Proof wanted to create a side pony that wasn’t too precious to accompany Tess’ organic-meets-artificial (just reporting it as it was described, folks) collection.

A freshly-tousled model backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015.  September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

A freshly-tousled model backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015.
September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker.

The resulting messy pony with one intentional lock of hair drifting toward the side of the face was created by blowing all the hair up and back, then adding Living Proof Instant Texture Mist, which can instantly turn any look from beachy to bedhead without weighing it down. See also: the product has 3-D technology to “remember” the style, which means you can revive the look for the next two days without using heat tools to reactivate it. It’s pretty badass, I have to say.

An artist's kit backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

An artist’s kit backstage at Tess Giberson Spring 2015 during New York Fashion Week. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

The aforementioned beauty magician Dick Page, Artistic Director for Shiseido, transformed the gals with a nod to Tess’ mix of synthetic and natural materials (which is SO 70’s, if you were around at that time.)

This is the Party Palette from Shiseido coming soon with that amazing inky shade they're talking about.  Gorgeous, right?  September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

This is the Party Palette from Shiseido coming soon with that amazing inky shade they’re talking about. Gorgeous, right?
September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

The look is a dewy, clean face with a shimmering, inky blue liner from the forthcoming Sparkling Party Palette (coming soon for Fall 2014) blended around the eye….

Ta-da! The Shisedio Luminizing Shadow Trio. You can clearly see which shade was used. Soooo pretty. September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Ta-da! The Shisedio Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio. You can clearly see which shade was used. Soooo pretty.
September 5, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

…. that was topped with the pale iridescent blue shade from the Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Static (BL215). Perfect Mascara Full Definition in black was applied to only the upper lashes.

The dewy complexion was created specifically for each model using a custom blend of Bronzer and Luminizing Satin Face Color.

I’m loving this trend of using shadow in the brows this season, ladies and gents. It is the key to brows that don’t look super fake AND it will save your backside if you can’t find a pencil that creates a true match (some of us are special snowflakes, as I also have this problem.) Page had the artists fill in spaces and shape them with a variety of Shimmering Cream Eye Colors: Sunshower (OR313,) Meadow (BE204,) Caviar (BK912,) Sable (BR709), and/or Leather (BR306 .)

This is one of my favorite looks from a makeup perspective so far. The inky shade from the Party Palette looks like a starry night sky, and it’s amazing. We’ll keep an eye out this fall for it so you guys can enjoy.

 

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