New York Fashion Week

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The makeup at Zac Posen today was inspired by a fresh, youthful and sophisticated girl. We love this simple, approachable look with that pop-of-red pout.

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Laura Mercier reinvented the classics on Sunday at Jenny Packham, combining rock ‘n’ roll cat eyes with traditional red pouts for a fun take on modern femininity.

Makeup at Fashion Week Spring 2016 Jenny Packham

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new-york-fashion-week-kate-spade-makeup-2The look at kate spade new york, true to form, was optimistic, fresh, springy and modern–a.k.a. the kate spade girl. For natural, glowing skin, M•A•C lead artist Romy Soleimani started by massaging Studio Moisture Cream into the skin and added Studio Finish Concealer + Fix Foundation where needed. For the eyes, Romy mixed medium water base with M•A•C Pigments applied just above the lash line. She finished the look with Haute + Naughty Mascara in black. The lips were a simple but pretty soft pink using M•A•C Lipstick in Saint Germain.

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Final runway look at Creatures of the Wind

We admit it—we’re suckers for all things that sparkle, shimmer or bling—so imagine our delight to walk backstage and see a dramatic, heavily glittered eyelid at Creatures of the Wind today.

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Backstage Beauty: NARS for Rodarte

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‘Delicate, refined beauty’ were the words renowned makeup artist James Kaliardos used to describe his stunning makeup creation for NARS cosmetics at Rodarte today. We immediately noticed light literally bouncing off the model’s skin, which made us wonder—it’s the middle of winter; how is skin this pearlescent even possible? That was our first moment of wonder. The second happened when we saw the gorgeous glint coming from the models’ eyes. Being the beauty girls that we are, we flocked for a closer inspection. We were delighted to see sparkle underneath the eyes and just knew: this look was our spirit animal.

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The historic Prince George Ballroom provided a stunning backdrop for Alice + Olivia’s Fall 2015 collection. Walking past racks of richly embellished clothing into the backstage makeup area, we knew the accompanying makeup would not disappoint.

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Sarah Lucero of stila Cosmetics created a ‘rock and roll bohemian girl who’s a touch romantic’ in this Biba-inspired look. Liquid liner in a glossy black was glided onto the eye first, with black smudge pot just on the end to create a matte soft wing. Mascara was swiped onto the lashes, concentrated more at the roots in the center of the eye for a wide-eyed effect (we love that tip!) for the dreamiest, most feathery lashes we’ve ever seen. Lips were a concoction of two layers of textures—the first, liquid lip paint in a fiery red matte finish, underneath that was a glossy merlot shade for a shiny vinyl finish.

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The result was sultry and dramatic, and we’ll definitely take some cues from this swinging starlet look for Fall.

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A beauty quickie from behind the scenes with M•A•C and the always-energetic, supremely talented makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. We love the mod vibe she created with a downward-turned line on the outer half of the upper eyelid, flushed cheeks (lipstick applied with fingers) and a little lip conditioner. Such a fresh, simple look.

nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-charlotte-tilbury-MAC-Edun-8Beauty Trend Editor Kate Fannin reuniting backstage with Tilbury.

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nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-charlotte-tilbury-MAC-Edun-1Demonstrating a “bedroom eyes” eyeliner tip.

nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-charlotte-tilbury-MAC-Edun-4Putting a few finishing touches on the final beauty look backstage.

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nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-MAC-Charlotte-Tilbury-Edun-9The final look!

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Runway to realway spotted backstage at Carmen Marc Valvo: M•A•C lead artist Romero Jennings created “painted-on” lashes by applying black liquid liner directly on lids to mimic real lashes. Spaced evenly and following the natural curve of the lid, they blend right in with real lashes for an artistic approach to mascara.

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The makeup look at Tibi was “pretty but not overly done” to balance the Alaskan-Inuit inspired clothing. Fresh, clean skin and illuminated cheeks were paired with a soft wash of pink on eyes (including applying Blush in Nude Pink on top of White eyeshadow!) and matte pink lips in Pink Martini Lip Color (launching Fall 2015). Only a hint of Everything Mascara was used to finish the look.

backstage-beauty-nyfw-aw15-jinsoon-choi-tibiOn nails, Jin Soon Choi created a “snow-tipped neutral” inspired by the shape of snowy mountains to complement the icy palette throughout the clothing collection. After a base coat, nails were applied with two coats of Nostalgia. Once dry, she then painted a curved line across the middle of the nail to tips in a new color called Doux (launching this spring). According to Choi, “it’s okay if they’re all a little different – if it curves, just go with it!”

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How fitting that on a cold NYC morning of a mere 9 degrees, we found ourselves backstage at kate spade new york, where the models were made to look like girls going on a chic winter walk.

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