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: Cushnie et Ochs
CITY: New York
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup Artist Gato, Hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero, Manicurist Alicia Torello
THE LOOK: Glam girl gone wild.
INSPO: Robert Smithson’s Map of Broken Clear Glass. “We’re trying to create a look that is very effortless, yet sophisticated,” Calero said. “It’s glammed up, but a bit more free. It looks like she slept on it for a couple of days.”
BEAUTY MVPs: Maybelline New York Dream Cushion Foundation, Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Sleek Onyx and Glazed Toffee, Maybelline New York The Colossal Big Shot Mascara, Moroccanoil Treatment, Moroccanoil Smoothing Lotion, Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, Christian Louboutin Beauty Nail Lacquer in Madame Est Nue, silver striping tape
TOP TIPS: Opposites attract—at least when it came to hair and makeup backstage. For “sophisticated” yet “messy” eyes, Gato drew black liner into the lashes before layering brown over top. (Mixing the two shades creates a less perfect look—all-black liner requires more precision, noted the pro). He coated top lashes with mascara and focused the same volumizing formula solely on the center of the lower lash line. “You don’t need to apply a lot of mascara to create this messy effect,” he added.
To achieve Calero’s “sensual” but “undone” hairstyle, start by coating hair liberally with Morrocanoil Treatment. Apply texture spray from roots to mid-lengths before going in with a curling iron. Gently brush curls to create “broken waves,” then finish by raking the Smoothing Lotion through strands for a pulled-back, on-the-go look. “It’s kind of like the girl just woke up in the morning, and put the products through her hair,” Calero said.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: “The girls really liked the wire nails that Unistella were doing and they loved the idea of a metallic,” said Torello. Skinny silver stripes slashed randomly across neutral stilettos nails acted as a “reflective” accent “without being too intense.” Wrapped around one of the design duo’s sleek “CeO” handbags, this “simple” yet “eye-catching” manicure was made for head bitches in charge. The best part? You don’t need a steady hand or wire cutters to achieve the look—Torello used silver striping tape (like this shiny masking tape from Cina Nail Creations) to achieve precise and perfect lines.
TREND TALLY: Unkempt waves were also seen at Creatures of Comfort, while lived-in liner was spotted at R13.