As a beauty lover who enjoys learning about new trends and techniques, one of the highlights of going to New York Fashion Week is being able to get inspiration from the runway looks.

During our recent trip to NYFW, we got to go backstage before the Fashion Palette runway show at Pier59 Studios to see the transformations in progress. From hairstyling to makeup artistry, the beauty professionals from Alison Jade Cosmetics and Cutler Salon were working non-stop to prepare all the gorgeous models for the show.

Here’s what we discovered about the beauty looks they created backstage.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

Featuring warm, glowing skin and soft coral makeup on the eyes and lips, the beauty look that the Australian-based team from Alison Jade Cosmetics created for the show exuded a fresh, youthful vibe.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

How To Recreate This Makeup at Home:

A peach-colored matte lip was complemented by full, bushy eyebrows and a wash of pastel orange-hued eyeshadow swept across the lids up into the crease. To finish the look, the models’ skin was perfected with a dewy, radiant-boosting foundation, for a next-to-natural touch.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

For radiant skin, start by applying hydrating skincare including a moisturizer, antioxidant-rich serum, and then your sunscreen. Allow each product to settle into the skin before layering the next product on. Then opt for a glow-boosting foundation (such as the BareMinerals BarePRO™ Performance Wear Liquid Foundation) or a BB Cream (like the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream), applied with your clean fingers or a damp makeup sponge (like a BeautyBlender).

Instead of finishing with a setting powder, lightly spray a hydrating setting spray (such as the BareMinerals Dew Mist Setting Spray) over the face. This will help keep makeup in place for hours but will leave you looking glowing.

Before applying a matte lipstick, gently exfoliate and hydrate lips first. Oftentimes, matte lipstick can make any chapped or flaky skin more noticeable. That’s why sloughing away dry skin (with a damp washcloth or soft-bristled toothbrush) first helps to create an even canvas. To help lips stay hydrated, apply a light amount of lip balm (such as Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment) prior to matte lipstick. This will keep your lips moisturized since many matte lipsticks can dry out the skin.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

For the show, most of the models had soft, shiny hair with romantic waves or curls. To achieve these glamorous hairstyles, the expert team from Cutler Salon in New York City used Redken products to create the looks.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

How To Recreate These Hairstyles at Home:

Lead Hairstylist Rodney Cutler tells us how they created the two hairstyles for the show.

“Look 1 had a strong center part with a dramatic silhouette and soft s-wave to give it a slight 70s feel, but with a healthy glow.”

Key products:

  1. Prep hair with Cutler Volumizing Spray.
  2. Set curls with Redken Triple Pure 32 Hair Spray.
  3. Finish with Redken Outshine for a shine finish.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

“Look 2 had a strong side-part for a more glam look with bouncy, barrel curls.” To help the curls last longer, after curling each section, pin the hair up to let it set (or cool for a few minutes), as shown below.

Key products:

  1. Redken Full Frame Mousse to prep hair.
  2. Redken Triple Pure 32 Hair Spray to finish.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

Hair Styling Tips for Creating Soft Waves:

To create soft waves, I recommend using jumbo hot rollers. Dividing your hair into 2″-3″ sections, roll the hair into the roller and pin-up for about 5-10 minutes. The key to soft waves (unlike tendrils) is to place the roller horizontally (rather than on a vertical angle).

After the hair sets (or cools), remove the rollers and use a boar bristle brush to gently brush out the waves. This will help to smooth the hair while diffusing the curl, making it look like a soft wave instead of a curl.

Hair Styling Tips for Creating Glamorous Curls:

To create glamorous curls, I suggest using a wide barrel hot curling iron (that’s about 1.5″ in width). Starting with the top section of the hair, curl 2″ sections of the hair and then pin up to “set”. Continue curling sections all over your head until done. After about 10-minutes (when the hair cools down), unpin each section.

For a romantic, tousled look – gently run your fingers through each tendril to separate the hair (so it looks more “undone”). This also helps to add body and volume, giving your hair a glamorous appearance.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

To learn more about the Fashion Palette show and to see more of the finished beauty looks presented on the runway, check out the recent NYFW Style Series on Inspirations & Celebrations.

Backstage Beauty Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

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