The 9 Best Makeup Looks We Saw Backstage During NYFW

Updated 09/20/19
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As we hit the midway point of New York Fashion Week, we've already been blessed with a slew of fantastical, awe-worthy and altogether inspiring makeup looks at shows like Jeremy Scott, Alice + Olivia and Jason Wu. Gone are the days when no-makeup makeup and bare faces reigned supreme. Instead, lead makeup artists like Pat McGrath and Gato are opting for brighter swipes of pigment on the eyes, sunset-toned draping, and shimmer—lots of shimmer. Whether you're in a beauty rut and need some inspiration for your next Friday-night (or any night) makeup look, or just want a preview of the looks you're going to see recreated all over your Instagram feed come spring 2020, keep scrolling for the best S/S 20 makeup looks we saw backstage this year at New York Fashion Week.

Jeremy Scott S/S 20
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Jeremy Scott S/S 20

Makeup artist Kabuki was inspired by The Misfits, rival bad-girl band to Jem and the Holograms, backstage at Jeremy Scott. Want to see how this futuristic look might look on you? We've partnered with the YouCam app so you can try on this look in real time. Download the YouCam app here.

Alice + Olivia S/S 20
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Alice + Olivia S/S 20

Models backstage at Alice + Olivia had light washes of mint, pink, peach, powder blue, orange, lemon, white, and lilac across their eyes to match the rooms they walked in. Makeup artist Erin Parsons used Maybelline's FaceStudio Lasting Fix Makeup Setting Spray ($8) to set everything with a dewy finish.

Jonathan Simkhai S/S 20
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Jonathan Simkhai S/S 20

Jonathan Simkhai's collection was inspired by a trip to the Georgia O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe. Some of the models sported a natural flush, while others debuted a swipe of pistachio-colored liner across the top lash.

Anna Sui S/S 20
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Anna Sui S/S 20

Pat McGrath created a dreamy look backstage at Anna Sui, which she dubbed "new Victoriana."

Helmut Lang S/S 20
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Helmut Lang S/S 20

Lead makeup artist Susie Sobol used Code8's Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black to create a graphic black winged look backstage at Helmut Lang.

Tom Ford S/S 20
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Tom Ford S/S 20

The beauty look at Tom Ford's S/S 20 show was inspired by the quintessential New York woman, complete with smoky eyes and sculpted cheekbones. The product responsible for the lit-from-within glow? Tom Ford's Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moonlight. 

Jason Wu S/S 20
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Jason Wu S/S 20

Makeup artist Diane Kendal debuted some high-voltage draping backstage at Jason Wu, mixing pops of electric pink, coral, and just the slightest hint of yellow for a look that was inspired by a summer garden. 

Pyer Moss S/S 20
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Pyer Moss S/S 20

The beauty look at Pyer Moss was inspired by '70s rock & roll glam. Makeup artist Daniel Sallstrom used red, blue and gold shades from UOMA Beauty's Black Magic eye shadow palettes for a bold swipe of color.

LaQuan Smith S/S 20
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LaQuan Smith S/S 20

Sir John created the look-at-me beauty looks backstage at LaQuan Smith. "It’s not just about a smoky eye or a feline flick, but there’s a fiery lift and an artisanal whimsical effect to the ends of the line that gives the eyes flight," he explains. He used UOMA Beauty's Black Magic Palette in Poise to create a sultry, shimmery wing.

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