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: Alexander Wang
CITY: New York
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Diane Kendal, Hairstylist Guido Palau, Colorist Josh Wood, Manicurist Rita Remark
THE LOOK: Bushwick babes ready to party in BK
INSPO: Christiane F., Berlin, and a ’90s Kate Moss with pink hair. It’s not exactly surprising that Wang, who is perhaps just as famous for his after-parties as he is for his runway romps, chose to channel Moss this season, as they share a similar approach to life. The model once noted: “My mum used to say, ‘You can’t have fun all the time,’ and I used to say, ‘Why not?’ Why the fuck can’t I have fun all the time?” And judging by last night’s #WangFest, complete with a bounce house for big (drunk) kids, we imagine the designer wholeheartedly agrees with the super’s sentiments.
BEAUTY MVPs: NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm, NARS Illuminating Loose Powder in Orgasm (out Spring 2018), NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm (out Spring 2018), Redken No Blow Dry Just Right Cream, Redken City Beats Semi-Permanent Haircolor, Essie Nail Polish in Topless & Barefoot
TOP TIPS: If you’re more interested in attaining a subtle glow rather than strobed skin that could rival the Bat-Signal, opt for powder over cream, then apply it with a small, flat brush like the one Kendal reached for backstage. “I feel sometimes with liquid and your fingertip, people have a tendency to put too much product on,” explained the face painter who applied a drop of liquid blush to the apples of models’ cheeks and NARS’ new loose powder highlighter to their lids and cheekbones.
Palau took a less-is-more-approach backstage as well, crafting easy, air-dried waves over the extreme cuts we’ve come to expect from Alexander Wang. He raked Redken’s new No Blow Dry cream through damp hair and scrunched strands with a diffuser to coax out natural waves. For girls with stick-straight hair, he wrapped sections loosely around GHD’s Classic Curl Iron.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: Colorist Josh Wood was responsible for the one and only makeover that couldn’t be missed on Stella Lucia backstage. The model was spotted swinging freshly dyed “rose quartz” strands that took eight hours and multiple layers permanent and semi-permanent color to achieve. “It’s not as straightforward as laying one color on—it’s more like a patina of colors,” explained Wood, who topped a pastel base shade from Redken’s Shades EQ range with City Beats. “It’s really about thinking of hair color as makeup—you can put it on and take it off,” the pro said. But don’t be fooled by the vivid, My Little Pony-like hue, as it’s intended to be more badass than beautiful: “It’s a little darker than the color represents,” noted Palau. “I think Kate [Moss] had that kind of thing when she did that color—she was quite wild at that point.”
TREND TALLY: Glowy, gorgeous skin was also spotted at Jason Wu, Brandon Maxwell, Monse, and Creatures of the Wind.