8 Things I Learned While Pretending to Be a Model at NYFW


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I showed up backstage before the Tory Burch show at 7:35 a.m. exhausted from a week spent running around during the day and sipping martinis with the fashion set at night. And let me tell you, dear readers, it showed. My eyes were puffy, my skin blotchy, but my disposition was as sunny as ever. I was going to be a model! Well, er, at least they were going to apply my makeup like I was one. I glided over to the makeup chair—I was seated right next to Stella Maxwell, no less—and shifted nervously in my gifted Tory Burch fall collection sweater.

“What are we doing today?” my appointed makeup artist, Taly Waisberg, asked. She looked at me with kind eyes and realized my giddy-slash-nervous demeanor. “I’m going to take care of you,” she asserted, squeezing my hand. I was immediately relaxed and responded, “I’ll have what she’s having,” and pointed at Stella Maxwell. And with that, she began schooling me on the look: “It’s relaxed, modern, and a little bit smudgy, but sensual.” She explained that Diane Kendal was the mastermind behind the ’70s-era creation and worked with Burch to perfectly offset her equestrian-style collection. Together, they came up with a matte bronze eye shadow, luminous bronzer and blush, and a pinky-nude lip color.  

I was sold. I knew the experience backstage would be fun, but I had no idea it would also be wildly educational. I took notes during the entire process, because (duh) I’m a beauty editor. So without further ado, take a peep at the most surprising and helpful tips I learned while I was pretending to model.