Hello from the hectic frenzy of New York Fashion Week!
Welcome to the celebration of all things magical and beautiful. Every season, I show up at the tents to cover the various fashion shows and beauty looks (mostly beauty right now,) and while I’m covering things for clients, I always try to take photos that would make it seem as if you were there. So, this year, I’m doing daily diaries of the best looks from the day (and a little about how to get them) along with a photo gallery of images I shot from backstage and/or the actual show.
There’s a lot more coming, but let’s start with Day One.
SHOW: Creatures Of The Wind SS‘16
This was my first show, and it started off with a rock and roll bang. Backstage was rather serene for a first presentation, and the mood was a little subdued. NARS Cosmetics lead artist Aaron de Mey created a makeup look for the show inspired by 90’s alt rock icon Siouxsie Sioux. There were two eye looks, actually, with a very natural skin and lip: a punk, thick winged eye, which was gorgeous on its own…
….and then a gilded version covered in glitter.
I love this look because it’s doable on its own. The skin is a mixture of NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream, Stick Concealer, and
Soft Velvet Loose Powder. The eye takes a little more effort: it’s a layering of Black Valley Eye Paint, Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil,
Oh, and the nude lip is a base of Stick Concealer with NARSskin Restorative Night Treatment over it. It just lets your natural lip sort of peek through while adding hydration. Nice, right?
SHOW: Marissa Webb SS‘16
If there is one designer who can excite me beyond belief during Fashion Week, it’s Marissa Webb. The Countess of Downtown Cool (and that’s just my name for her) always invites us into her hyper-stylish world, a place where everyone looks so effortlessly put together. Her makeup and hair looks for her shows are always as strong as the women she envisions wearing her clothes as she designs her collections, so backstage is something I don’t miss.
Marissa also showed a layered eye (which is newsworthy in that for fall, almost everyone said the headline was the “nearly naked face,” which is a beauty writer/editor’s worst nightmare.) Yadim, lead artist for Maybelline New York, described the look for the collection as a “masculine-with-feminine motif with an updated take on 1950’s glamour and a metallic smoky khaki eye as the focal point.” Sounds like a lot, but it works. The base is Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, with a touch of contour powder, and highlights on the high points of the face (cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead and edges of face) with Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Metal in Barely Branded, coming October 2015.The eye is a combination of the The RockNudes palette, coming in January 2016, along with Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant along the lash line. Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Metal in Barely Branded is dabbed into the inner corner of the eye to make it pop, and the look is finished with The Falsies Push Up Drama Black Mascara, coming in October 2015.
The hair was a textured side-swept look with sleek sides that either culminated in a low bun or a long ponytail. The look, created by Jeanie Syfu for Tresemme, was created by prepping wet hair with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creation Sea Foam, then rough-drying or diffusing the model’s to bring out their natural texture.
She added a deep side part using a tail comb, then clipped away a 2-inch wide section from the part in the front of the hair before spritzing TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo to absorb excess oil and pulling hair into a low, messy side bun. The style was secured with an elastic and bobby pins. The sleek sides are TRESemmé Extra Firm Gel brushed along the hairline and behind the ear with a flat hair color brush (neat trick) for a glossy finish. The 2-inch section in the front was then released, teased with the comb, and then swept across the forehead and tucked behind the ear. The look was finished with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Control Hair Spray.
If you want to see more of what it was like to be backstage, check out the photo gallery below. It’s kind of like you were there. More later from Day 2, which includes Kate Spade New York!