Once you’ve gotten the perfect outfits packed for your next music fest, don’t forget about your beauty essentials. Camping, partying and spending all that time in the sun can be the worst for your skin and beauty regimen. We’ve got 14 items you’ll want to pack to keep you looking like you haven’t been dancing all day or spending all night sleeping on ruthless turf.
Our beauty team hit up a slew of backstage runways at Fashion Week, catching up and grazing shoulders with industry bigwigs the likes of Bobbi Brown, François Nars, Stila, butter LONDON and Jin Soon Choi, and taking notes on fall’s biggest makeup trends.
What stood out to them as the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways? For one, individualized contouring and brows, like the ones created at the hands of experts like Shiseido’s Dick Page for Narciso Rodriguez. In season’s past we’ve seen our share of strong contouring and bold brows, but this year was different. Show after show, artists let the model’s natural features dictate the beauty, focusing on accentuating natural assets, like amping up already god-given bushy brows.
Alice and Oliva embraced the gritty side of the ’70s movement, enlisting Sarah Lucero for Stila to create a look that embodied a mysterious gypsy with a mischievous side.These are not the whimsical bohemian girls you see elsewhere, these are the gals who look like they could pickpocket you–but in a glamorous way–with onyx smokey eyes and larger-than-life lashes. The collection was a return to the era of rock ‘n’ roll and empowered women, and the thick cat eye and heavy lid played along well with the late ’70s bell bottoms and power suits.Inspired by a graphite charcoal art piece, Lucero went for a new take on the smokey eye. To achieve a worn-in look, black Smudge Pots were used along with lots of HUGE Extreme Last Mascara, the application of which, was describes as Lucero as: “Go big or go home.”Faces were left fresh with a touch of color to keep emphasis on the eyes. Aqua Glow Serum foundation and concealer were applied and blended with Beauty Blender Original and Micro Mini sponges before swashes of Convertible Color Palettes in Sunrise and Sunset and Stay All Day Bronzer were applied. Lips were left equally as simple, with just a layer of Kaleidoscope Lip Glaze for a soft pink shine.
Photos by Kent Worthington
NARS artist James Kaliardos left it all up to the lip when making a statement Tuesday at the Rodarte showcase.
Sun-kissed beauties graced the Veronica Beard presentation with a bohemian-inspired look courtesy of Bobbi Brown’s Marc Reagan.
Working with Tibi’s gender fluid soldier vibe, Bobbi Brown’s Cassandra Garcia worked to create the most basic of beauty looks, steering away from femininity and towards natural neutrals.
Bringing the cat eye off the street and back onto the runway, butter London’s Global Color Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes created a graphic eye and flushed lip and cheek to pair with a frosty nail, paying homage to Nicole Miller’s Icelandic theme.
We love a great blowout, which is why we’re so excited to have all the hair care and styling products from Drybar available at Nordstrom. Now we can all snatch up the genius line created by founder Alli Webb for blowing out some gorgeous locks right at home. Webb gave us some of her time to tell us about starting her company, her top five Drybar favorites and how to get the perfect results at home.
Hi Alli! Tell us a little about your background. What was the idea behind Drybar, and how did it get started?
While growing up, I always struggled with my naturally frizzy, curly hair, and longed for a place that would happily blowout my hair at a price I could afford. I ended up becoming a professional stylist in my early 20s. In 2009, after being a stay-at-home mom, I started a mobile blow drying business, Straight at Home. During that time, it occurred to me that I was not alone in my quest—there was a huge hole in the market for a place to get great blowouts, in a fun, beautiful environment at an affordable price. I realized I needed to do this. So I partnered with my brother, Michael Landau, and my husband, Cameron Webb, to open our first location in Brentwood, California. We never dreamed it would turn into what it has.
We love the positive, inclusive vibes of your company’s 10 core values and beliefs. What philosophy guided you in picking them, and if you had to sum them up into just one sentence, what would it be?
Life is too short to work someplace you don’t believe in, and where you can’t be yourself. Our parents ingrained that in us, and we’ve always thought of Drybar as an extension of our family! Drybar’s success is due to the hard work and dedication of us all coming together for one overarching goal: to make women feel great.
Your products and services are all named after cocktails and adult beverages (Dirty Martini, The Cosmo, Southern Comfort, etc). What inspired the theme?
While we were developing the whole bar concept, naming hairstyles after drinks seemed like such a fun way to order your favorite style off the “bar menu”. Our clients really love it!
Speaking of cocktails, what’s your all-time favorite?
I am most definitely a Mai Tai girl.
What are your top five picks from the Drybar line right now, and why do you love them?
1. 3-Day Bender Curling Iron: I love this curling iron because it gives a seriously perfect wave! It uses NanoIonic technology to smooth the cuticle, setting curls in place—all while helping with frizz control.
2. Bay Breeze Hydrating Shots: Like many of our Drybar ladies, I love getting lots of blowouts and being blonde, which means a lot of heat styling and coloring. So having a weekly hair shot is an absolute must for me.
3. 100 Proof Treatment Oil: It’s a go-to product for me because it adds so much shine, plus it replenishes dry, damaged strands and also helps control frizz and flyaways.
4. Triple Sec Texturizer: Triple Sec gives amazing texture! It’s super popular in our shops with our stylists and clients because it adds tons of volume and texture, and the scent leaves my hair feeling super fresh and clean.
5. Detox Dry Shampoo: This is one of our bestsellers and for good reason. There’s no better way to make a blowout last than a great dry shampoo with a heavenly scent!
So tons of guys may not start getting blowouts anytime soon, but they’re definitely starting to care more about their hair and embrace longer lengths. General thoughts on: #manbun #manbraid?
I love a good man bun…and have seen a lot of men sporting braids lately. I’m into it.
In all your experience as a pro stylist and founder of Drybar, what advice do you find yourself always giving?
One piece of advice I like to give is to not let perfect stand in the way of progress. I am a stickler for things being just so, but I’ve learned sometimes you just have to take a leap and perfect the little details later.
Last question! Can you tell us any secrets to the perfect at-home blowout?
Take your time! Most people rush through their blowouts, but it only takes a little time and effort to get pretty hair. If you put the time in, the blowout can really last, saving you more time in days to come.
Nordstrom National Beauty Director Loredana Grama and the Nordstrom Beauty Office identify the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways.
In a matter of eight days, our beauty team hit up 34 New York Fashion Week shows, grazing shoulders backstage with industry bigwigs the likes of Bobbi Brown, François Nars, Deborah Lippmann, Charlotte Tilbury and Jin Soon Choi, and taking notes on spring’s most popular makeup crazes.
What stood out to them? For one, natural, effortless makeup that left the focus on inner beauty. Skin was fresh and radiant and eyes were often left bare, except for a swoosh of nude shadows here and there. If there was a pop of color, you can bet it was on the lips, like the pouts M·A·C Cosmetics sent down the runway for Zac Posen. Expect glowing complexions, mushroom-tinged shadows and undone brows come spring for an easy au naturale look.
Blushing barefaced beauties graced the Simone Rocha lineup Saturday with a barely-there Kabuki-inspired look courtesy of M•A•C Cosmetics makeup artist Sam Bryant.