Right now, some of the most talented pros in the beauty game are giving it their all at Fashion Week, prepping hundreds of models for the runway and creating next spring's hottest trends in the process. But our favorite part of this epic beauty bonanza that happens twice a year is learning all the brilliant new tricks that we'd never have picked up elsewhere. Here, we've distilled our top 10 tips that you can use right now in your own beauty routine. Don't worry, you can thank us later.
Switch up your eyeliner to make eyes look larger.
For Zac Posen, makeup artist Kabuki paired graphic black liner along the top lashes (MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner, $19.50, maccosmetics.com) with smudged black pencil along the lower lash line. He also lined the waterline with nude pencil and didn’t connect the black liner at the corners. The overall effect? “The black doesn’t close the eye up,” he explained. “It creates a bigger eye.”
Give rock and roll edge to wavy hair.
At Jill Stuart, lead stylist Odile Gilbert coated hair with Kérastase Mousse Bouffante ($36, kerastase-usa.com), then twisted hair with her fingers. “We twist the hair and then leave the ends straight. If we curl at the end, it's too cute,” she explained.
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Avoid streaky nail polish.
"The key to layering nail polishes — and nobody wants to hear this — is waiting in between coats,” said Deborah Lippmann backstage at Badgley Mischka, where she mixed two shades, Blue Orchid and La Vie En Rose ($17 each, deborahlippmann.com), on models’ nails. “Apply thinner coats. If you start putting too much on the first round it will never dry, it will streak forever." Your best bet? Wait two minutes in between coats.
Make bobby pins invisible.
Didier Malige for René Furterer sanded bobby pins win an emery board before using them to secure models’ side swept hair at Band of Outsiders. “When the pins are matte they won’t pick up the light on the runway,” he explained.
Photo: John M. Craig for René Furterer
Give brows a naturally lush look.
At Tadashi Shoji, Lisa Houghton for MAC Cosmetics enhanced eyebrows by applying an eyeshadow one shade lighter than models’ hair color. Choosing a lighter shade gives a more natural look.
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Make a ponytail that lasts all day.
Tilt your head back slightly as you pull your hair into a ponytail, advised Rodney Cutler, Cutler Salon owner and lead stylist at Cushnie et Ochs. This will help you create a tighter hold at the nape of the neck — try it!
Create soft curls without the frizz.
Instead of brushing out freshly curled hair, use a wide-tooth comb to soften the texture. Using a comb instead of a brush will “leave the separation in the curls because we don’t want it to go frizzy,” explained TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu at Jenny Packham. Also key: prep hair with lots and lots of TRESemmé Thermal Creations Mousse ($4.99, drugstore.com).
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Use lip pencil as blush.
An easy way to make sure your cheek and lip colors coordinate? Make like lead artist Hannah Murray at Helmut Lang, and use a lip crayon as a blush. Murray opted for Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan ($25, narscosmetics.com). "I put it on the back of my hand and then with my finger, just rub it" on the cheeks, she said.
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Intensify your lipstick with powder pigment.
Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics topped models’ red lipstick at Altuzarra with MAC Pro Basic Red Pigment (similar shades, $21 at maccosmetics.com) to deepen the color and create a matte texture. Bonus: Doing this will also help your lipstick last twice as long.
Create a perfectly imperfect pink lip.
Who says your lips have to be perfectly lined? At Christian Siriano, makeup artist Polly Osmond diffused the outline of the lip color — Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse ($28, hourglasscosmetics.com) — by blending with a lip brush for a soft effect.
10 Fashion Week Beauty Tricks That Will Blow You Away