Michael Kors’ Uptown Ladies Ditch the Blowouts and Head to the Boroughs

French manicures aren't just for Manhattan

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: Michael Kors

CITY: New York

THE LOOK: Barely-there makeup and minimally manipulated hair allowed individual beauty to shine through.

INSPO: If tough, 40s starlets like “Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake” were reborn as a “hip kind of girl who lives in the outer boroughs” they might look like this.

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Dick Page, Hairstylist Orlando Pita, Manicurist Jin Soon Choi

BEAUTY MVPs: MAC Lipstick in Mangrove and Impassioned, and Orlando Pita Play Well Behaved Anti-Frizz Cream Serum

TOP TIPS: Cool girls are too cool to spend time being precise with their lipstick, so Page opted for a soft, diffused mouth that doesn’t require a steady hand or mirror for that matter. He applied color straight from the tube to the middle of the lips, then used a fluffy eye shadow brush to “push the color to the edges.”

WORDS FROM THE WISE: Normally, French manicures should be left to Real Housewives of wherever and fans of irony, but Choi made them look modern by swapping out the bright chalky tips for a rosy-tinged white, then painting a very thin line on short nails. (Note: Acrylics negate the cool factor.)

TREND TALLY: Another show where hair was basically left to do its thing. From straight to curly, Pita told models’ to shampoo the night before the show to bring back natural texture. Then he enhanced those slept-on “wrinkles” ever-so slightly before subtly smoothing strands. More modern French manicures on the scene, previously spotted at Cushnie et Ochs, Jason Wu, and Hood by Air.

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