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A look backstage at NYFW Spring/Summer '16

Author: Elle Canada

Beauty

A look backstage at NYFW Spring/Summer '16

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Lacoste

First backstage stop at New York Fashion Week was Lacoste, and the model lineup didn't disappoint: Vanessa Moody, Pooja Mor, Binx Walton, Aya Jones...I could go on.  READ MORE: All the best red carpet beauty looks at TIFF

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Lacoste

"It's all about personality, individuality and respecting whatever the hair does," Bumble and bumble stylist Laurent Philippon told us about the direction for hair at Lacoste. (Little did we know how prominent the philosophy would be this season.) READ MORE: The best nail looks from NYFW S/S '16

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Backstage at NYFW: Monique Lhuillier

The face chart for Monique Lhuillier. M.A.C makeup artist Val Garland did a thick, "chunky" swipe of liner inspired by colour-blocking, and kept the skin "clean, moist, dewy and very young."  READ MORE: How to copy Elizabeth Olsen's high-fashion bun

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Backstage at NYFW: Monique Lhuillier

Colour! The eyeliner was applied in either a cyan blue or emerald green.  READ MORE: 7 photos to convince beauty lovers it's time to get into Star Wars

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Backstage at NYFW: Alexander Wang

Binx pre-show at Alexander Wang. READ MORE: How to wear next summer's braid right now

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Backstage at NYFW: Alexander Wang

The NARS products makeup artist Diane Kendal used to get the look at Alexander Wang. It was basically just moisturizer, with spot concealing where needed. "Sorry!" she told us editors, who were hoping for something a little more involved.  READ MORE: 4 nail artists on why they are so over the traditional accent nail

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Backstage at NYFW: Alexander Wang

Redken's global creative director Guido Palau worked with the natural texture of each model's hair to give it some oopmh. They did do several haircuts, "But the thing is, I wonder if people will even notice?" Palau asked. "Because the whole vibe Alex wanted was very real – a girl who came off the street. We did 9 or 10 extreme haircuts, but they blend in with the other girls. We took this individuality thing to the max."  READ MORE: A first look at MAC's new Guo Pei collection

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Alexander Wang

Beauty editors crowding around Palau to hear about the look he created for the show. (It's basically the beauty editor equivalent of a mosh pit.) READ MORE: Have you seen Kate Middleton's new fringe?

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Backstage at NYFW: Alexander Wang

This isn't backstage, clearly – beauty editors rarely sit for shows, because the hair and makeup is done hours before. Was super excited to score a seat for Alexander Wang's 10th anniversary collection: Kylie Jenner and Tyga strolled in, Kanye West showed up with a hood on to evade photographers and Lady Gaga made an appearance. READ MORE: The 10 best beauty Instagrams of the week

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Alexander Wang

Lil Wayne, Tinashe and Ludacris were among the performers who showed up to the Alexander Wang after-party. READ MORE: The best beauty looks from the red carpet this week

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Backstage at NYFW: Hood by Air

The face chart at Hood by Air. Nothing about this look was subtle – it was a take on the classic theatrical style of highlighting the face.  READ MORE: 5 salon sins you should never commit

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Hood by Air

No-blend zone.  READ MORE: 6 books every beauty lover needs to read

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Hood by Air

No one escaped the look.  READ MORE: Here is the proper order to apply skincare products

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Backstage at NYFW: Thakoon

Ran into model Grace Bol backstage at Thakoon. She was jamming out to Biggie while getting her hair and makeup done. (She told me she's re-listening to the classics to better appreciate the lyrics.) READ MORE: All the products we're lusting after for October

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Backstage at NYFW: Prabal Gurung

The face chart for Prabal. "He wanted the girls to look gorgeous and fresh," said makeup artist Diane Kendal, who curled the girls' lashes, filled-in brows and patted foundation on the lips to take away some of the colour before applying balm.  READ MORE: 5 contouring kits for people who don't know how to contour

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Backstage at NYFW: Prabal Gurung

Caught model Lineisy Montero backstage at Prabal before the hair and makeup team got to her – she was still in the look Pat McGrath designed for DVF. READ MORE: How to get the perfect red lip

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Prabal Gurung

Sally Hansen's global colour ambassador Madeline Poole did these gorgeous yellow nails for the show. She also had strong thoughts on the right way to wear an accent nail. (See link below!) READ MORE: 4 nail artists on why they are so over the traditional accent nail

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Backstage at NYFW: Opening Ceremony

If you could "sweat strategically," this is what it would look like. What is it? Straight up clear NARS lip gloss placed on cheeks, eyes and Cupid's bow.  READ MORE: The case for adding glitter to your beauty wardrobe

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Backstage at NYFW: Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera held her show at the Frick Collection, a fashion-week first. Look how pretty!  READ MORE: All the best red carpet beauty looks at TIFF

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Backstage at NYFW: Carolina Herrera

The backstage area was beautiful, if small and not particularly well-lit. Romero Jennings, director of makeup artistry for M.A.C, told me that this model had a natural eyeliner-like line on her lashes (rough, I know). He thought it was makeup left over from another show and was trying to wipe it off. "There was no liner look [at this show]," he said, "so I had to bring the concealer right up under her lashes to try to hide it." READ MORE: The nail looks you need to know right now

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Backstage at NYFW: Carolina Herrera

Orlando Pita, NYFW ambassador for TRESemmé, demonstrating the look for his team. (To get an idea of the size of the space, I took this photo from the other side of the room.)   READ MORE: Not into Star Wars? This might change your mind

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Carolina Herrera

The space was so tight that makeup artists were working out of an elevator. That's dedication.  READ MORE: 3 ELLE Canada editors make dramatic hair transformations

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Backstage at NYFW: Jeremy Scott

Wiggin' out at Jeremy Scott. READ MORE: 6 books every beauty lover needs to read

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Jeremy Scott

Model mid-hair and makeup. But look at those nails! Miss Pop for OPI wanted them to look as plastic-like as possible, so she added a cartoon glare.  READ MORE: The products we fell in love with this month

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Backstage at NYFW: Mansur Gavriel

James Boehmer, NARS director of global artistry, creates "chunky Twiggy lashes" on a model at Mansur Gavriel.  READ MORE: 5 contour kits for people who can't contour

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Backstage at NYFW: 3.1 Phillip Lim

There were only two main products used on the face at Phillip Lim: eyeliner and foundation. The models walked between huge mounds of organic earth (see next slide), so NARS makeup artist Francelle Daly kept things "real." READ MORE: The most iconic hairstyles of all time

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: 3.1 Phillip Lim

I arrived late to the Phillip Lim show (it was also his 10th anniversary collection), so I had to squeeze in behind one of the massive piles of earth the models were walking around. Loved the hair, here: Wella hairstylist Paul Hanlon made sure the texture of the hair was gritty underneath the headband to keep the look from being "too pretty." Perfect for second or third day hair.  READ MORE: Justin Bieber is now a platinum blond

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Backstage at NYFW: Zac Posen

The face chart at Zac Posen. "He wanted to do something really different, he didn't want the girls to be so made up," Diane Kendal told us of the look, which included sheer foundation, a strong eyebrow, bare eye and some blush blended up into the temples. Three models were given a bold red lip – everyone else wore a bit of nude lip pencil.  READ MORE: Here's why you should glitter another chance

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Zac Posen

Diane Kendal working on a model backstage at Zac Posen. READ MORE: Is the Olsen family ever not on-point when they hit the red carpet?

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Zac Posen

Zac Posen won for the most beautiful backstage area. (We were in Grand Central Station.) The only con to the space – that I was aware of – was that the nail artist had to use little packets of nail polish removing wipes, instead of a bottle, to prevent spills on the historic floors. Not ideal when you're in a hurry.  READ MORE: The most modern way to do an accent nail

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Zac Posen

Seriously though, look at the chandeliers!  READ MORE: Wear this colour if you want to feel more confident

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Backstage at NYFW: Rodarte

Hairstylist Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris shows us the barrettes worn in the Rodarte show. Each girl was given two to wear, and they were placed unexpectedly on the hair.  READ MORE: A braid anyone can do

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Backstage at NYFW: Rodarte

Found Canadian model Emma Genier – Rodarte was her sixth (!) show that week. "I love it," she told me of being at fashion week.  READ MORE: 6 books every beauty lover needs to read

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Rodarte

Ran into Sophie Rask backstage at Rodarte. It was her first time walking New York Fashion Week, and she opened for Victoria Beckham (score). She told me she was super nervous, and before she took her first step on the runway, Beckham told her, "Sophie, just relax. Take it easy!"  READ MORE: The products we fell in love with this month

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Backstage at NYFW: Narciso Rodriguez

The face chart at Narciso Rodriguez. Makeup artist Dick Page for Shiseido rubbed a bit of dark brown eyeliner into the upper and lower lash lines, and applied a glossy shadow on the eyelids. "It's the anti-concealer look," says Page. "It's heavy and shadowy underneath the eye." Good news for those who like to sleep in.  READ MORE: 5 contouring kits for people who can't contour

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Backstage at NYFW: Narciso Rodriguez

Pooja! Another one of my favourite models.  READ MORE: The most iconic hairstyles of all time

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Backstage at NYFW: Michael Kors

The hair at Michael Kors was made to look as if the girls had done it themselves, and not come from a hairdresser. READ MORE: Justin Bieber is now a platinum blond

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Michael Kors

Nails were a muted nude, by nail artist Jin Soon Choi.  READ MORE: It's time to give glitter another chance

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Michael Kors

At any time there are dozens of photographers (professional, and otherwise) clamouring for photos of the models backstage. READ MORE: How to get Elizabeth Olsen's red carpet beauty look

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Michael Kors

"It's a glamorous, Michael Kors take on Thelma & Louise," Michael Kors told us just before his show. "If they had a lot of fabulous clothes in the trunk of their car, I think that would be the beauty look." READ MORE: The new nail looks to note for spring

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Michael Kors

Duran Duran performed at the launch party for Michael Kors' Gold Fragrance Collection. Bonus points if you can spot Michael (who was totally rocking out.) READ MORE: Give glitter (makeup) a chance next season

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Backstage at NYFW: Hugo Boss

The lighting backstage at Hugo Boss was amazing. (Yes, this is noteworthy – remember the situ at the Frick?) READ MORE: Justin Bieber is now a platinum blond

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Hugo Boss

More colourful liner. This time a pop of blue by makeup legend Pat McGrath. READ MORE: 6 books every beauty lover needs to read

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Backstage at NYFW: Anna Sui

A makeup artist taps deeply pigmented lipstick on Gigi Hadid before Anna Sui. READ MORE: The products we fell in love with this month

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Backstage at NYFW: Proenza Schouler

Another solid model lineup at Proenza Schouler.  READ MORE: 5 contouring kits for people who can't contour

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Backstage at NYFW S/S '16

Backstage at NYFW: Proenza Schouler

Braids – they're back! The hair was first scraped back into a ponytail ("The girls hate me because it's so tight," said Anthony Turner, hairstylist for Bumble and bumble), before being braided. (They wanted the braids to look modern and not romantic, which is how a looser braid is perceived.) READ MORE: The most iconic hairstyles of all time

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READ MORE:
How to wear next summer's braid trend right now
4 nail artists on why they are so over the typical accent nail
The best nail looks from NYFW S/S '16

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A look backstage at NYFW Spring/Summer '16