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.
CITY: New York
THE LOOK: The Altuzarra woman doesn’t sweat—she glistens.
INSPO: Wild At Heart, 90s, “a girl coming out of the shower, the swimming pool, or the ocean who puts on big earrings, shoes, and a dress, then heads to the office, cocktails, or a out for a crazy night to hunt for a boyfriend or girlfriend,” said Pecheux.
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux, Hairstylist Odile Gilbert, Manicurist Julie Kandalec
BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Glitter in Reflects Bronze and MAC Studio Eye Gloss in Next Up Neon, Kérastase Forme Fatale and Crème De La Crème, Essie Nail Polish in Hi Maintenance
TOP TIPS: After swiping a shimmery bronzer across each model’s nose and cheeks, Pecheux dusted skin (including the shoulders and décolletage) with a copper glitter using a stippling brush—avoiding the bridge of the nose and chin. His method was similar to how a Catholic priest might sprinkle holy water via an aspergillum, allowing the shimmery particles to cling to catwalkers’ dewy complexions. (What can we say, the spirit is in the sparkle.) “It’s almost as if the girls are sweating gold,” explained the pro, who used New York’s stifling humidity to his advantage. #Blessed.
To “warm up” the “naughty, black smoky eye” crafted with a creamy kohl pencil, Pecheux dabbed a tangerine eye gloss over lids for an “organic,” sultry finish.
Gilbert combed styling cream through damp strands in layers, then slicked the topped back with gel and a bristle brush. Speed up the setting process with a diffuser and a quick spritz of hairspray.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: “I call this girl my sweaty bitch,” said Pecheux. “I thought the collection was a symphony for joie de vivre—it gave me a big smile. I wanted the models to feel that way, too.” Glitter never fails to turn a frown upside down.
TREND TALLY: Glossy eyes were seen at Baja East and fresh-from-the-shower hair was on display at both Thakoon and HBA’s slippery, sexual extravaganza.