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
KEY PLAYERS: Makeup Artist Diane Kendal, Hairstylist Odile Gilbert
THE LOOK: “Beach meets the city,” said Gilbert, of the wet look that glistened against the designer’s digital backdrop of the Big Apple. “We wanted the girls to look as if they’d been caught in the rain,” added Kendal.
INSPO: “Weather in springtime—the unpredictability of rain and sun,” said Kendal, which was fitting given that the day before Thakoon’s presentation/a blizzard, it was a balmy 63 degrees in NYC. (In short, this beauty look is one answer to global warming.)
BEAUTY MVPs: NARS Lipgloss in Triple X, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Famous Red, Let’s Go Crazy, and Get Off Velvet, Tresemmé Ultra Firm Control Tres Gel, and Tresemmé Botanique Nourish and Replenish Hydrating Mist
TOP TIPS: Getting caught in a downpour sans umbrella usually results in limp, soaked strands and streaked mascara, but in Thakoon’s world, a gentle sprinkle lends a dewy finish to skin and rumpled waves. Kendal dabbed clear gloss across lids and cheekbones, then polished off pouts by patting trio of matte lip crayons in nude, pink, and red into models’ mouths for a stained effect.
WORDS FROM THE WISE: Gel made a serious resurgence last season and the slick stuff doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. After wrapping small sections around a curling iron, raking through ringlets with fingers, and combing gel through the front and sides, Gilbert realized the strong heat pouring in backstage was making the gel look dry and stiff. Her solution for keeping crunch at bay: Mist a hydrating spray—not water (H20 makes hair go flat) on top.
TREND TALLY: Sleek strands were also spotted at Sachin & Babi.