Thanks to the frantic pace of the digital age, the average person has the attention span of a goldfish. (No, seriously. This is a fact supported by an actual study.) Seeing as the fashion sphere changes its mind even faster, we decided to provide you with a condensed report from backstage this season. As much as we'd like to pen novels in the name of lipstick and hairspray, we get it—you're busy. Here, the beauty version of CliffsNotes (all facts, no fluff) that you can easily skim in eight seconds...because science says that's all the time you have.
SHOW: Jason Wu
CITY: New York
THE LOOK: Downtown girl with a penchant for SoulCycle, red lipstick, and party dresses. Carries Platinum Amex to pay for it all.
INSPO: The 90s, baby
BEAUTY MVPs: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color in Orange Shot and Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Orange Danger, Tresemmé Tres Two Extra-Firm Control Gel, Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Fashion and Naked
TOP TIPS: Scribble Maybelline’s Brow Drama Pomade Crayon across lids, then blend to achieve a “summer version of the smoky eye” that’s both effortless and a bit greasy. Accent with highlighter on the inner corners of eyes.
Apply matte orange lipstick, blot with a tissue, tap a “shocking, fluoro orange” theatrical paint (like Kryolan Aquacolor UV-Dayglow in Orange) in the center of the bottom lip with your fingertip to achieve a “rave red.” The bright spot of color “brings that part of the lip forward” (creating the illusion of fullness). Plus, “it just looks really cool,” said Yadim.
The 2016 iteration of the French manicure involves dabbing an opaque nude along your free edge and layering a transparent beige lacquer over the entire nail. “Make sure your tips are dry before applying the sheer top coat, otherwise you’ll drag the color,” said Lippmann.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: Swap mousse and root boosters for a sturdier gel to achieve Wu’s sleek-but-still-soft strands. “Before there was mousse, we used gel to blow-dry because it holds hair without giving it volume,” said Pita, who filled his kit with formulas from the 99-cent store (like Dippity-Do) in the early part of his career. “I would always decant it into another bottle!” he laughed.