Contrary to popular belief, the beauty looks that come out of Fashion Week aren’t all wild and crazy. In fact, we saw a lot of subtle and glowy looks come down the runway at the Spring 2015 shows in New York, and we went backstage hunting for the secrets on how to get some of the minimalist looks. Here are six of the most brilliant beauty tricks we learned from the masters backstage—from how to fake flushed skin to how to get perfectly textured hair in minutes.
Fake Flushed Skin
To get the perfect, natural, sun-kissed flush, blush placement is key. Sephora makeup artist Benjamin Puckey told us exactly how he got the look backstage at Karen Walker, explaining that you should place a rose-colored blush closer to the space just under your eye—high up on the cheekbones. This placement mimics where the sun would naturally hit you to create the coloring.
Dusty Smoky Eyes
Diane Kendal of Lâncome created a gorgeous smoky eye for Jason Wu’s Spring 2015 show. To get the dusty texture she created, Kendal explains that after applying eyeliner, it’s important to simply lighten the liner without completely taking it off. To do so, she applied moisturizer to the targeted area with a q-tip before drawing on the liner. Then when you go to wipe it away, it just creates a build of residue instead of completely erasing.
Paul Hanlon gave us the most genius trick to nail texturized hair backstage at Rag & Bone. After the blowing the hair dry, he spritzed a bit of texturizing spray onto his hands—instead of directly onto the hair—and just wiped it through the front. It wets the hair but keeps the hair dry in the part so there’s a little bit of a definition to the front of the head.
Typically when we think of slicked-back hair, we picture lots of gel. Backstage at Oscar de le Renta, Orlando Pita gave us another option: He told us that gel creates flaking, so he uses hairspray instead. “I don’t like to see the scalp,” he explained. “Sometimes there’s so much product in it that you just don’t want to touch it.” To limit the amount of product but still achieve a sleek look, Pita sprayed the hairspray on to a brush to get all the little hairs slicked back.
High-Pigment Nail Polish
Jin Soon Choi gave us the secret to high-pigment nail polish backstage at Karen Walker. The first thing she stressed was the importance of base coat, which will keep the color from staining your nails. She also suggests using a high-gloss topcoat to bring out shine and color within the polish.
Naturally Nude Nails
Miss Pop explained her hesitations when it comes to working with a nude polish backstage at J. Mendel: “They end up looking like the hands of a mannequin and it just looks washed out.” Her solution? She created a nude polish alternative to enhance the colors of your natural nail. She starts by buffing the nails and using a rich, filling base coat before she adds a topcoat, then adds a matte topcoat to finish. It creates a gorgeous contrast between the natural blushes and purple within the nail.
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