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Kristin Booker • September 15, 2015

New York Fashion Week Beauty Diaries, Day Two: Backstage at Kate Spade New York

This season, I’ve chosen to do overall daily recaps, but because this show was so good, I’m breaking it down into its own separate coverage.


One of my favorite shows each season is Kate Spade New York. The show is always so bright, energetic, and it’s just so incredibly pretty. Very pretty. This season, it got even prettier.

The collection was incredibly fresh and optimistic. With a set that mimicked a giant floral market, the clothes were blooming with possibilities, so the makeup, hair and nails followed suit. It’s still the Kate Spade girl, just a modern take on the classic girly style.


A member of the M·A·C team working on a model backstage.

Lead makeup artist Romy Soleimani for M·A·C Cosmetics described the look as “optimistic, fresh, and spring-y.” The models’ skin was positively luminous. To get the look, Romy’s team massaged Studio Moisture Cream into the skin to hydrate, then worked M·A·C Studio Face and Body Foundation with a bit of Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer wherever it was needed to perfect the complexion (a perfect, fast solution for a daytime look, by the way.) The glow is courtesy of Gold Strobe Cream Shade Extension (coming Winter 2016), which makeup artists blended over the cheekbones, chin, down the nose and Cupid’s bow with their fingers for a delicate highlight.


The eyes were the star of the look, a shimmering thin line that added a brilliant wink to the look. The line was a base of M·A·C Pro Water Base Mixing Medium mixed with M·A·C Pro Pigments in Platinum (the Metal one, not the Glitter) and Silver Fog. The mixture was drawn in a thin line along the natural shape of the top lid using a #210 Precise Eye Liner Brush. The look was topped with Sterling Silver Technakohl Liner, and finished with Haute & Naughty Lash on upper and lower lashes.


Saint Germain lipstick was tapped into the lips with the fingers. Just a pretty flush of color at the mouth. The finished result was really, really lovely.

The Fekkai team working their magic on a model backstage at Kate Spade New York.

The Fekkai team working their magic on a model backstage at Kate Spade New York.

The sleek ponytail was all Frederic Fekkai, which started with Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lightweight Styling Whip added to the crown of the models’ hair before it was blown dry with the hands (no brush this time) for volume and height. After the hair was dry, Fekkai Soleil Beach Waves Tousling Spray was added throughout hair for texture, then blown dry again.




The hair was brushed straight back with a wide-toothed comb and gathered into a ponytail at the crown, then secured with an elastic before being covered in black fabric to add definition and polish (fabric remnants and ribbons from your own home will give this effect.) Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray sealed the look from flyaways and any potential frizz.


Nail maven Deborah Lippmann described the nail as “cotton candy delectable.) I do love a good, unexpected shimmering nail backstage, and Lippmann ALWAYS delivers. Her team used two thin coats of Amazing Grace, letting each layer dry well so there were no streaks, then added a layer of Magic is the Moonlight, which is an iridescent dirty white, and finished with Whatever Lola Wants, which is a pink sparkle. It’s sugary and pretty without being too precious. So good.


You’ll want to see the clothes and accessories, yes? Coming right up in the next post….:)



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