While backstage at New York Fashion Week, our beauty editors had plenty of opportunities to chat with the hair and makeup masters. We asked the pressing questions you want to know, like "How do I get the best blowout at home?" and "What's the secret to finding the perfect nude nail polish?" We've got answers from the experts, and we also reveal one model's must-have DIY mask.
We ran all over the city during New York Fashion Week snagging interviews with top models, capturing killer street style, and giving you a backstage pass to some of your favorite shows. Just in case you missed any of it, we're rounding up our 10 favorite moments at NYFW.
The major theme of most of the hair for Spring 2014 at New York Fashion Week? Low-maintenance styling. How else could you describe the headbands, low ponytails, and just-throw-some-product-in-it wet hair that we saw coming down the runways? In today's Beauty Review, we're breaking down these three trends and telling you how to wear them once Spring rolls around.
We're rounding up the four biggest Spring 2014 trends to emerge out of New York Fashion Week. Designers may have skipped out on prints for next season — but the runways were chock full of vibrant colors, Bohemian influences, and mules (yes mules!) galor. Watch on to see our full NYFW trend report.
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We're used to seeing tall models on the runway, but leave it to Marc Jacobs to send a slew of shorter models including Cara Delevingne, Charlotte Free, Sky Ferriera and Georgia May Jagger down the catwalk. And by catwalk, we mean a dark sandy beach filled with Big Gulp cups and cigarette butts that resembles the aftermath of an oceanside music festival. The collection, filled with heavily embellished Victorian jackets paired with slouchy hip-slung shorts and Birkenstocks has a decidingly irreverent attitude that we can't wait to emulate come next Spring.
Rachel Zoe sent her models on safari for her Spring 2014 show, and they had hair to match. Lead hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero wanted to create a style that was heavy on texture but still pretty. An oversize braid with smaller plaits woven into it fit the bill. Calero added loads of texture to make it seem like the hair was full of wind and sand, as if the girls had been hiking through the desert all day. He broke down the braid and gave us tips on how to achieve this incredible style at home. Watch the video, then check out our gallery of the full beauty look to nab some serious inspiration.
Braids have been a runway and red carpet staple for years, so it's no surprise they were spotted all over the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week runways. But what is surprising is how hairstylists, working feverishly backstage, continually find the most creative ways to update the trend. Though you can choose to keep it clean and classic, à la Costello Tagliapietra's braided ponytail, don't be afraid to embrace accessories in your plaits. Everything from feathers to Mara Hoffman's colorful strips of fabric tied their way into braids, too. Whether twisted, turned, or teased, Spring 2014's braids are anything but those rocked by Dorothy.
Backstage at New York Fashion Week, you'll find some of the top manicurists, makeup artists, models, and hairstylists from all over the world. And as you might imagine, it's the perfect place to uncover a wealth of beauty knowledge. Throughout all of our Spring 2014 backstage coverage, we learned everything from using a round brush correctly to picking the perfect red nail polish. Click through to learn the best tips and tricks from the pros themselves.
— Additional reporting by Maria Del Russo and Kaitlyn Dreyling
Before the makeup concept hits the runway at any fashion show, it's just a vision in the designer's mind until it's all marked out on paper in the face chart. At Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, professional makeup artists collaborated with top designers to conceptualize beauty looks to enhance each of their collections. See what the makeup artists behind these runway looks sketched out prior to the shows. Then, get a look at how it all came to life on the runway.
You don't have to wait until Spring rolls around to start test-driving the hottest trends from the runway. While braids and barely-there makeup will always be in vogue, you'll be surprised at some of the more shocking styles to come out of Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week. Low ponytails, slicked-down hair, bright orange lips, and glitter were all spotted slinking down the runways. Oh, and did we mention nail art is far from dead? Get a leg up on everyone else, and be in the know about what's going to be hot come March.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel, Maria Del Russo, and Kaitlyn Dreyling