The backstage scene at fashion week can be described as beautiful chaos. There's a sea of people, from models to makeup and nail artists to hairstylists to photogs and editors like us trying to absorb as much of the process as possible. We're constantly leaning our ears in, waiting to pick up a great new tip to take back with us off the runway and into the real world, and luckily, amid the cloud of hair spray and moving parts, we usually learn a lot. So far, this year has been no different than past seasons, and we've been privy to a ton of hair, makeup, and skin tips from professionals and models themselves.
Below, we've rounded up the best advice we've gotten thus far.
Create a Sexy Smoky Eye With Lotion
Backstage at Libertine, makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes drew black eyeliner on her hand, added a dab of Too Cool for School Egg Cream ($36) and then dipped an eyeliner brush in the lotion before smudging in into the liner to soften up the long-wear liner. This created a smudgy, lived-in eye makeup look, inspired by grunge and club culture. She also tapped Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balm in Spilled Wine ($15)—a deep burgundy—on top of models' eyelids for a glossy-eye effect with just a hint of red.
Massage Away Under-Eye Bags
Models backstage at Proenza Schouler got mini facials from Tata Harper facialists. To lessen the look of under-eye bags and increase lymphatic drainage, the facialists used their middle fingers to glide Tata Harper's Diamond Eye Cream ($95) in a circular motion around models' eye sockets five times each way. "We've been taught to tap our eye cream gently around the eye socket, but gliding it in this motion is what will help make eyes less puffy," says Tata Harper's creative director.
Polish Messy Hair
At Kate Spade's stunning F/W 17 presentation, lead stylist for Tresemmé, Bob Recine, shared this great tip for polishing up an otherwise messy 'do: If you create a super-straight part in the hair, your overall coif will appear more put-together as opposed to just messily pulling back strands and leaving them as-is. For extra volume, he applied a bit of Tresemmé 24-Hour Body Volume Foaming Mousse ($5) to the roots before finger-combing the models' hair back into a low braid.
Fake a Natural Flush
Sarah Lucero, global executive director of creative artistry for Stila Cosmetics, utilized the excess cream blush left over from applying Convertible Color Compact ($25) to the apples of the models' cheeks at Frame's F/W 17 presentation. She tapped it on the tip of the models' noses to bring out their natural color using the shade Magnolia, which is due to come out in April.
Prevent Hair Weight
At Public School's F/W 17 show, Aveda artist Allen Ruiz dispensed Phomollient Styling Foam ($21) onto a paddle brush before brushing the models' hair from root to tip. "This way, it gets on every strand evenly and quickly," he says. This distribution method will also prevent the hair from getting weighed down by the mousse.
Use Lip Liner as an Eye Shadow
At La Perla, lead makeup artist for Maybelline, Erin Parsons, applied a beautiful deep burgundy lip liner on the models' lids. (The exact shade was Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in Plum Passion, $8.) This created a smoky, slick base for the powder shadow (the plum hue in the 24K Nudes Pallette, $12).
Use an Old Classic to Cure Winter Skin
We caught up with model Mica Argañaraz backstage at Jason Wu, who told us that she swears by her trusty Aquaphor ($5) applied around her nose and on her lips to beat dry skin in frigid temps.
Blend Highlighter With Your Palms
Backstage at Libertine, Katie Jane Hughes applied cream highlighter to models' cheeks with the palms of her hands—she says that it's quicker and helps blend more easily, which makes sense because you have more surface area on your palms than on your fingertips. Just apply the product to your palms, rub them together, press onto the high points of your cheeks, and go.
What's been your favorite look at NYFW so far? Please tell us below!