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: 3.1 Phillip Lim
CITY: New York
THE LOOK: Deconstructed beauty—everything is just a bit imperfect and rough.
INSPO: Rebellious girls (likely armed with fake IDs) who danced their asses off and left the club looking charmingly undone.
BEAUTY MVPs: NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates and Kohliner in Minorque, John Masters Volumizing Foam Mousse and Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Let's Snow and Gilty Party.
TOP TIPS: Queen of the cool girl look, Daly wrapped lash lines with black liquid liner and coated the waterline with kohl for a “super saturated” finish. The pro created “negative space” by dipping a cotton swab in cleansing water and “erasing the [outer] corners.”
Imperfection extended down to the fingertips, with Poole employing a “dry brushing technique” to give nails a “three dimensional quality,” almost as if the fancy silver veneer was wearing off to expose cheap plastic underneath. Poole started with a base of white polish, then wiped off the excess metallic polish from the brush before gliding it over certain areas of the nail a few times for depth.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: To make skin look soft and luminous, Daly skipped traditional highlighter in favor of a new eye shadow called Rigel, dusting it across models’ complexions with a brush. “I did it on the bridge of the nose, a little bit on the bow of the mouth, chin and the cheek planes,” she explained.
After making a deep side party and lightly back-brushing strands at the roots, Hanlon pulled the length into a low pony at the nape—curling just the ends of the tail and squashing any volume at the top of the head by misting hairspray through a hairnet. "The idea is that hair was once done, but it's a week old," he said.
TREND TALLY: "Accessible" and "imperfection" are two words we’ve heard a lot this season.