Jason Wu’s Quick, Foolproof Cat-Eye Was Made for Winged Liner Rookies

Plus, why you should consider lubing up your hair with KY Jelly

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: Jason Wu

CITY: New York

KEY PLAYERS: Makeup artist Yadim, Hairstylist Holli Smith, Manicurist Deborah Lippmann

THE LOOK: “Classic, young, and fresh—but with a twist,” said Yadim.

INSPO: Wu’s woman with a hint of punk.

BEAUTY MVPs: Maybelline New York The City Mini Palette in Urban Jungle, Maybelline New York EyeStudio Brow Precise Micro Pencil in Blonde, Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Hair Mask, Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Brand New Day, Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Fake It Til You Make It

TOP TIPS: “How many wings have we seen?” Yadim asked beauty editors backstage. “There will be a ton more this season. A wing can feel very couture or very madame, but we wanted to keep it cooler than that.” The pro dampened a brush with water before pressing it into a military green shadow and adding a quick slash of pigment across the outer corners of models’ eyes. “It’s almost like a pinky print,” he added. For a “beautiful Ibiza glow,” he mixed a drop of foundation with moisturizer and swathed it over skin. The finishing touch: a smattering of faux freckles. “I told my team to almost overdo it because you can always tap [the dots] away.”

Smith cut a hair mask with a drop or two of serum to mimic that fresh-from-the-shower feel. Then, she sliced a deep side part with a fine-tooth comb and slick strands back. “Using a comb locks in the direction at the root,” she said. “Even if you break it up with your fingers to make it look messy and loose, there’s still structure holding it together at the base.” Don’t have a hair mask on hand? Smith said she’s seen pros use everything from facial masks to hand lotion to shaving cream to KY Jelly (yes, really) to achieve that wet effect.

Inspired by Wu’s new fragrance, Lippmann coated nails with a beige lacquer (similar in color to the perfume’s outer packaging) and traced models’ moons with a skinny detail brush and a glimmering gold polish “to give a nod to the cap.”

WORDS FROM THE WISE: To create believable freckles, reach for a product traditionally used to define arches. “I like to use a brow pencil because they tend to be ashier,”  Yadim said. Fair to medium skin tones can use a blonde shade, while deeper complexions should try a soft brown.

TREND TALLY: A modern, rounded take on a classic cat-eye was also seen at Tom Ford.

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