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Sep 22, 2015

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

By: Victoria DiPlacido

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Sep 22, 2015

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

By: Victoria DiPlacido

 

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A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: The Iroquois Hotel

One of the great things about staying at The Iroquois hotel was the midtown location. Fashion Week shows were all over the city this year – Pier 94 on the Westside Highway, uptown at the Frick Collection, downtown at Skylight at Moynihan Station – and being within a few blocks of all subways was a major help in getting me where I needed to be on time. Iroquois New York Hotel (rates vary), at triumphhotels.com. READ MORE: 7 reasons you might be breaking out

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: The Iroquois Hotel

Despite my #fashionweekneversleeps hashtag, sleep is very – very, very – crucial to surviving the Fashion Week sprint. Because The Iroquois hotel is located on a street between 5th and 6th avenues, things are quiet, even by New York standards, so you can smash your face into the pillow (read: place it gently to avoid ruining your eyelash extensions) and fall asleep without a siren to be heard. READ MORE: 7 photos to convince beauty lovers it's time to get into Star Wars

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: The Iroquois Hotel

At some point during your stay in New York, you're going to want a cocktail. Conveniently, Lantern's Keep cocktail bar is located within The Iroquois, so you can order the very with-it sounding Regal Business (a gin, grapefruit, honey and lime concoction) with ease. READ MORE: 10 best beauty looks from the Emmy's

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: Birchbox

When your first calltime is at 7:10am (sharp, naturally) and the last is at 8:00pm, your hair needs to hold up. (Hence my frequent use of the fashion-week-never-sleeps hashtag.) At Birchbox's retail store, my hair was braided back into a pony in less than 30 minutes. It lasted three days, and turned out to be very on-trend. Birchbox Braid (USD $30), at Birchbox, birchbox.com. READ MORE: Learn the proper order to apply skincare products

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: Birchbox

In addition to getting your hair braided, curled or put in an updo, makeup services and nail polish changes are also available. READ MORE: The new way to do opulence, as seen at Michael Kors

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: Bliss Spa

Covering New York Fashion Week is like an eight-day sprint. I don't run, but I imagine the best way to arrive for a race is calm and level-headed. Ergo, a visit to the spa was needed. I hit up Bliss' SoHo location for a 75-minute Blissage, which lives up to its name. #serenitynow Blissage75 (USD $160), at Bliss Spas, blissworld.com. READ MORE: A case for adding glitter back into your makeup wardrobe

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: Bliss Spa

The waiting area at Bliss SoHo. (Note: There are brownies.) READ MORE: 4 nail artists on why they are over the traditional accent nail

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: Central Park

I asked a crew of models – Emma Genier at Rodarte, Pooja Mor at Narciso Rodriguez, Grace Bol at Thakoon – about their favourite places to hit up in NYC, and they all responded with the same answer: Central Park. READ MORE: The face oils trend has gone global

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: Central Park

Even if you've been to the park before, it's worth another visit – you likely didn't get around to seeing all 843 acres of it. Plus, there's always the chance of running into celebs like Taylor Swift, who has been known to stroll through the park (sometimes with her beau in tow). READ MORE: Braids were big at NYFW S/S '16 – here's how to get the look

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: M.A.C Makeup Studio

Earlier this year, M.A.C launched its first-ever stand-alone makeup studio. You can make appointments to have an artist cover-up a tattoo, create a look for Halloween, teach you how to master a makeup skill, or, my favourite option, focus on one feature (contouring, winged eyeliner, etc.) I asked for lips like Kylie Jenner, and the makeup artist grabbed M.A.C Lip Pencil in Spice to overline my lips. "Always make sure to come back to the corner of the lips," she told me, otherwise they will look uneven. M.A.C. Makeup Studio, 825 Lexington Avenue (prices vary), at maccosmetics.com.

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy M.A.C Credits: ELLE Canada

A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

Where to go in New York during NYFW: M.A.C Makeup Studio

"The lighting that is on the runway is never yellow," says Romero Jennings, director of makeup artistry at M.A.C. "The new standard of lighting is this very white, very bright light – it's more like natural light, it's what you see when you're taking photos with a flash. If you do makeup under a yellow light, it will look totally different." I can attest to the brightness and the clarity of these new white lights at the M.A.C Studio. They show everything – including any impefections. "But this is the time to see them," reminds Jennings. "The makeup artist can fix them."  

By: Victoria DiPlacido Source: Courtesy M.A.C Credits: ELLE Canada
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