Backstage Beauty

There’s something about a blank piece of paper that begs to be scribbled on. Our instincts can’t help but want to impose our inner impulses on empty space. Even in stick-figure form, art expresses our fundamental humanity.

New York label Eckhaus Latta (new to Nordstrom) understands the enduring links between fashion and art, and play and personhood. Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta studied sculpture and textiles in art school before launching their still-young line, and the duo remain immersed in New York’s art community—pursuing fashion as a truly creative endeavor.

Eckhaus Latta Fall 2017

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For Eckhaus Latta‘s fall presentation, Guerlain makeup artists kept the models’ skin bare, yet perfected with makeup. Once a flawless surface is achieved, however, it’s near impossible not to want to play with a bit of color. Quite literally, then, makeup artists added paint to the models’ faces with their fingers. This splatter art was a perfect tribute to the colorful, optimistic and innocence-imbued collection.

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Some of the most advanced style in Milan this week came via the makeup and hair on the runway. While there were still shows that embraced the no-makeup makeup trend that has been prevalent in recent seasons, this is Italy, and glamour has rarely been barefaced on the Boot.

Emilio Pucci, Fall 2017

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We’ve rounded up some of the coolest, prettiest and most translatable trends we saw on the catwalk, plus picked out the tools to achieve the looks. Be it neon lashes, ’60s bouffants, primary-colored highlights or iridescent eyes, these bold beauty techniques are worth a try.

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Simplicity ruled the runway at Narciso Rodriguez‘s fall 2017 collection debut. Not that the designer dialed back his sophisticated styles any more than usual, but the looks were without embellishment. Instead, Rodriguez emphasized the silhouette and its movement through dramatic shapes and strategically placed cutouts. Fluidity in sleeves, hemlines and silk fabrications gave these muscular constructions an ease and rhythm.

Shiseido at Narciso Rodriguez

Pared-back beauty in simple rosy tones topped these strong designs with an ethereal face. No makeup artist can illuminate the complexion quite like Dick Page. For this show, the Shiseido artistic director created petal-like skin that was all the more delicate next to the contemporary, moody clothes.

Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2017

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You can always count on Marchesa for a display of unadulterated formal femininity. Like a waft of perfume, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s elegant gowns slink down the runway each season offering a display of extreme glamour. Soon after each collection debuts, the same dresses drape over Hollywood’s leading ladies on red carpets around the world.

Marchesa Fall 2017

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For the shows, the beauty must never compete, but cannot be so subtle as to seem casual next to the evening gowns. To create the stunning hair and makeup that complemented Fall 2017’s Chinese-inspired sheaths, Marchesa turned to Moroccanoil and M·A·C.

MOROCCANOIL at Marchesa Fall 2017

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Paris is usually the setting for Cecilia Bönström’s Zadig & Voltaire girl. Frankly—pun unabashedly intended—if you were situated in as appealing a locale as the French capital, why would you relocate?

For Fall 2017, however, Bönström decided to plop the Parisian in NYC. This was achieved through athletic silhouettes and primary hues interspersed among lots of black—a color appropriate for any metro.

Backstage at Zadig & Voltaire Fall 2017

Dick Page, Shiseido artistic director, countered with his specialty—luminous skin—and pretty pops of color on the eyes and lips. The effect was energetic and youthful, like a newcomer looking wide-eyed at the shiny Big Apple.

Backstage at Zadig & Voltaire Fall 2017

“This season’s collection was full of energetic, bright hues. To complement that, I created a makeup look featuring interventions of color—similar to the way you would accessorize clothes—to bring a cohesive believability to the vibrancy of each style,” said Page about the beautiful faces he created for the Zadig & Voltaire show

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Want a new way to cheat a fresh, youthful face? Yes, we do. Lucky for us, our Nordstrom National Beauty Director Marynell Maddox went backstage at the Fall 2017 Proenza Schouler show to see how M·A·C artists were making the models so radiant. Turns out the trick is a new technique using white eyeliner!

Backstage with MAC at Proenza Schouler Fall 2017

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As though Katharine Hepburn strolled into the court of King Louis XV, A Détacher’s 1930s-styled suits and bow blouses marched the runway underneath hair powdered and piled high. The pale faces were juxtaposed nicely with Mona Kowalska’s bright and patterned clothes. The designer’s theme was “going awry,” a commentary on current politics. So her pantsuits that veered toward the punky seemed like a rallying uniform.

A Detacher Fall 2017

Photo by Indigital Images

To balance Kowalska’s rebellious yet comfortable sportswear collection, Orlando Santiago of Guerlain pulled from the French Court and the Victorian era, symbols of pomp and circumstance when it comes to grooming. Kien Hong of Oribe topped things off with pompadours, that French hairstyle made famous by the king’s courtesan and adopted by subsequent subcultures.

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Amy Smilovic seems to cannily know what women want to wear. Her modern-yet-romantic, professional-yet-playful designs recognize the complexity of contemporary femininity without undermining it. Working dames would delight to have a closet of just Tibi clothes. Even with that strict allegiance, they’d never suffer to find something ideal for the weekend or a fancy party.

Bobbi Brown makeup at Tibi

So, too, did the beauty at Tibi‘s Fall 2017 show cater to women with plenty of cares beyond lipstick—but those who still want a bit of tint on their way out the door.

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A rebellious spirit ran through the beauty at kate spade new york’s show in the Russian Tea Room. Although historic change is often not pretty, the makeup by M·A·C most certainly was. Imbued with a regal air, M·A·C’s fierce eyes and revolutionary red lips seemed defiant and aristocratic—as if to conjure both the royal court and its coup.

MAC for kate spade new york Fall 2017

The collection was inspired by the brazen female entertainers of the 1920s Louise Brooks and Josephine Baker, and so the show had a performative and Parisian air. M·A·C complemented these women’s independent streaks with cat-eyed stares, while Deborah Lippmann provided ruby nails that sparkled like crown jewels.

MAC for kate spade new york Fall 2017

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There’s the common adage that you know you’ve made it when you can go by one name. Dropping the surname signifies that your celebrity has reached household status.

Depending on the zip code (but definitely if it starts with a ‘9’ and a ‘0’), NARS international lead makeup artist Uzo has achieved that level of fame. Uzo chisels cheekbones on Kim (Kardashian) using a beauty blender, she gives Kirsten (Dunst) a rosy glow with highlighter and she has prepped models as super as Naomi (Campbell). So catching up with her backstage as she groomed the lovelies before the Novis show was a real delight, especially when we saw the berry-colored pouts she was painting on the models.

Uzo at Nars for Novis 17

Uzo told us that the matte crimson and satiny magenta lips—pop-art puckers—were the real stars of this look. These high-impact mouths were set off by very polished skin and a refined smoky eye. The bold florals, plaids and color blocking of the Novis collection inspired Uzo’s equally arresting makeup.

Nars at Novis Fall 17

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