Ah, New York. The concrete jungle where dreams are made of, apparently, but eleven shows in and are things looking dreamy backstage? Read on to find out what our beauty and style editor, Cassie Steer, has garnered so far.
1. We’ll all be going nude come 2014
No one does understated better than New Yorkers, so although news of a ‘nude’ trend creeping in may not have us high-fiving the make-up maestros backstage, it’s nevertheless a lesson in how to look ultra chic and groomed. Don’t believe us? Check out the looks at Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Yigal Azrouel, Opening Ceremony, DVF, Thakoon. We told you.
2. Amazing new products are coming our way
MAC are launching a new mascara (Studio Sculpt Lash), Wella are launching a new hair oil (Oil Huille) and Nars are launching ‘Multiples’ colour sticks. Due to hit our shores next year, you heard it here first.
3. You can look fresh on three hours sleep and debilitating jet-lag
Just ask the models at Alexander Wang, where make-up genius Diane Kendal managed to transform 39 sleep-deprived (and, ok, already gorgeous) models into swoonsome ‘raw beauties’ courtesy of Nars Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturiser (spotted backstage at several shows) and a touch of Nars Concealer. Simples.
4. David Beckham carrying Harper through the backstage area at (you guessed it) the Victoria Beckham show, was cuteness personified
And that is all we need to say on the matter.
5. You can teach an old dog new tricks
(And I am aware I’ve just cast myself as the dog here), but the point being that backstage, amidst the tumultuous chaos, the tantrums and the tiaras, there are lessons to be learnt in the world of beauty. For example, to inject the most natural-looking ‘movement’ in the hair hold the tongs vertically down the hair shaft instead of horizontally. Use a contrast of warm and cool tone lipsticks layered over each other to give a 3D dimension and the most pillowy pout. When wearing false lashes, use a fan brush loaded with mascara and brush it into the roots for a seamless finish. For a subtle hint of shine on the hair apply some hair oil to your palm, brush a bristle brush over it and use to smooth any flyaways. You’re welcome.