The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones with gold on their minds. Backstage at New York Fashion Week, gold accents were everywhere — from dipped braids to 24 karat manicures. If you want to add a little bling to your look, try one of these winning looks.
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The best part about scoping out the hair, makeup and nail looks backstage at New York Fashion Week is that we’re constantly inspired to try new looks based on the ones the fabulous artists come up with. And, for the next few days we’ll be sharing the ones that we loved and how to recreate them at home (if you so dare).
Up first: The monochromatic makeup and gold dipped nails seen at the SUNO show. Understated, but very cool in a I’m-not-trying-too-hard way. The look was inspired by gypsy school girls, according to makeup artist Alice Lane.
Lane swiped Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze in Make a Mauve, $9.99 on eyes and lips with a dab of Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Quenched, $3.99 dabbed over top to add some sheen. So easy and effortless.
The nails looked like they were just dipped in matt gold polish. Manicurist Honey Nailz coated the nails with a shiny top coat and just haphazardly painted on a messy French tip using gold polish (Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Bold Gold, $3.99).
To complement the nails, the parts on the middle-parted hairstyles were coated in gold makeup (can’t tell from this photo, but they were). Not sure I’d try this last bit at home, but it totally worked on the runway.
Thanks to award season, I have lots of (even more) reasons to talk to celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists. They’re seriously a never-ending source of great beauty tips and tricks, which makes since because they literally live and breathe beauty. They also find themselves in tricky situations that force them to be very resourceful, MacGyver types. Their hacks turn into great tips for us non beauty gurus. Here are five handy tricks I learned the past couple of weeks that I thought were worth passing along:
Trick #1: Ditch puff in a pinch
If you wake up with majorly puffy eyes, grab a couple of cold soda cans and hold them on the puff for a couple of minutes. Makeup artist Jake Bailey says it’s his go-to trick when he’s in a pinch and says it works every time.
Trick #2: Set your curls up for success
If you think your hair doesn’t hold curl, you might just be setting it up for failure, according to hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan. Straight out of the shower, you should avoid brushing it straight and blow-drying it straight before curling. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle, and then diffuse hair to bring out any natural texture you may have. This will help your curl take and last. Oh, and prep hair with a volumizing mousse to start. Try Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Souffle, $6.99.
Trick #3: Elongate your nails
Use a nude nail polish that’s a touch lighter than your skin tone to really elongate your fingers and nails. It does the same thing a stiletto does for your legs, says manicurist Tom Bachik. Try: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Fashion, $17 or L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Collection Privee in Eva’s Nude, $5.99.
Trick #4: Go for the glass
Foundations in glass bottles last much longer than those in plastic. Keep it in the fridge and it’ll last up to five years, according to Bailey.
Trick #5: Make sure your guy is camera ready
Listen up guys (or gals with guys) – makeup artist Billy B says that the L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur, $24.99 product is the “biggest breakthrough for men in cosmetics”. It’s a no-makeup way to perfect skin. It does what the blur tool in Photoshop is designed for. A great way to make sure your guy is camera ready for a big event without having to torture him by powdering his nose with your makeup.
Nail art is not going away anytime soon, but the hottest trend of the moment (and one that will continue through spring, if the runways are any indication) is more subtle, minimal art.
I love this trend for a couple of reasons. First, it’s something you can do yourself — even if you’re a total nail art novice. Second, you can pull off this trend if you’re 13, 30 or 60. It’s understated enough to wear to the office (even a conservative one), but is so much more exciting than wearing a solid hue.
My latest look is pictured above. I did it in minutes. After applying a base coat, I painted on two coats of Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in Bluebell of the Ball, $4.98 (Flower is Drew Barrymore’s newish beauty line. The Nail Lacquers are the latest addition to the brand. Definitely worth trying at this price point. The colors are seriously great.) Next, I used a toothpick dipped in a taupe hue (Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in Don’t Be a Wallflower, $4.98) and swiped either a horizontal or vertical line down each of my nails. The lines aren’t totally perfect, which I think is OK. After letting the polish dry for a few minutes, I finished with a quick-dry top coat.