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: “Fresh” and “optimistic,” like one of the Fanning sisters (two of Rodarte’s biggest fan girls).
INSPO: A movie inspired the makeup, but Kaliardos was sworn to secrecy by the Mulleavy sisters. We have a feeling it’s the film the design duo recently directed starring Kirsten Dunst.
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist James Kaliardos, Hairstylist Odile Gilbert, Manicurist Tracylee
BEAUTY MVPs: NARS Blush in Bumpy Ride (on shelves for Spring 2017) and the shimmery side of Eyeshadow Duo in Thessalonique (also available Spring 2017), Wella Enrich Moisturizing Conditoner, Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in New School Nude and Glitter and Gold
TOP TIPS: Camouflage ragged cuticles by rimming the skin around your nails with gold glittery polish and a skinny detail brush. “It hides a multitude of sins,” said Tracylee of the “chain-link detail.” Clean the area with rubbing alcohol to remove surface oils before painting.
Gilbert put models waiting for their fittings to work devising the dreamy accessories seen on the runway. (To achieve the wavy texture, apply conditioner to damp hair, but don’t wash it out—instead dry with a diffuser.) The pro wrapped leftover fabric and embellishments from the collection around barrettes and plastic headbands before scattering them low across the back of the head. “I told the [models] ‘Don’t think, just do!” said Gilbert of her impromptu arts and crafts session. “It’s supposed to be imperfect, something a kid can do.” If you don’t have an army of models at your disposal, consider dropping in at your nearest nursery school with some ribbons and lace. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of free (and voluntary) child labor.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: Apply blush high on the cheekbones near your temples in lieu of dusting it on your apples. Then, layer a bit of opalescent shadow or highlighter over top to “lift” your face, Kaliardos said.
TREND TALLY: Blush and shimmer situated high on the face (a technique often employed in the 80s) was spotted at Adam Selman, Rosie Assoulin, and Brandon Maxwell.