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.
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Peter Philips, Hairstylist Guido Palau
THE LOOK: “They have a softness and toughness at the same time,” said Palau of this season’s woman. “Every girl is wearing a black leather beret which feels very revolutionary and provocative.”
INSPO: “Her collection is very dark color wise—deep blacks, blues, and a lot of jeans,” explained Philips who wanted to create “young, fresh” faces still sporting last night’s mascara remnents.
BEAUTY MVPs: Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer in 001, Diorshow Pump’n’Volume Mascara (available April 15), Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo, Redken Windblown 05
TOP TIPS: All you need is a box of Kleenex or a roll of Bounty to achieve the airy waves seen on the runway. Palau “tissue-set” strands by wrapping them around rolled up pieces of paper towels (an age-old technique often done with rags), then “baking” them for a few seconds with a flat iron before allowing hair to cool. “It provides a much softer feeling than when you use a curling iron,” he explained. The secret: Start wrapping hair around the paper towel from the middle of each section instead of beginning at the bottom and rolling up. “You don’t want the ends too curly,” said Palau. Finish by brushing through ringlets with a bristle brush for a fluffy, cloud-like texture.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: “We didn’t want to see harsh lines, sparkle, or texture, but there is something that dresses the eye,” explained Philips of the inky black mascara worked into the roots of the lashes and smudged across the lash line with an angled brush. Diorshow, the house’s cult-favorite mascara, even received an update just in time for ready-to-wear. Pump’n’Volume features a squishy, soft-touch tube that allows you to “reactivate” the formula in the palm of your hand. But as innovative as the packaging is, the idea for the rubbery tube was actually inspired by a classic beauty hack: “What I do quite often [when my mascara starts to dry up]—and my mom does it too—is to put it in warm water,” he explained. Philips also relies on a heated Japanese lash curler to give droopy lashes an instant lift during lengthy photoshoots. Dior’s Pump’n’Volume mascara is based on a similar idea (i.e., a low dose of heat keeps mascara fresher for longer), but even better, it doesn’t require batteries. All you need is good, old-fashioned body heat to get this party started.
TREND TALLY: Fluff-worthy waves were also seen at Brandon Maxwell.