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The Spring/Summer 2016 edition of New York Fashion Week just wrapped.  While you can’t immediately get access to the fashion from the runway shows, you can most definitely rock the nails right this very minute! Here are a few of my favorite looks from the last 7 days of shows and tutorials to help you recreate each one.

KISS Nails at Daniel Silverstain Spring Summer 2016 during New York Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.  (Photo by Diane Bondareff for KISS Nails)

SHOW: Daniel Silverstain
ON NAILS: Gina Edwards for KISS Products

  1. Apply base coat
  2. Paint  two coat of KISS Gel Strong Polish in one of the primary colors then let dry
  3. Using silver foil tape from KISS Salon Secrets Nail Art Starter Kit, layer vertically down the nail, leaving one brush stroke of color exposed on the side of the nail that faces outward, towards the pinky
  4. Cut off the excess foil tape and seal with a top coat



SHOW: Rebecca Minkoff
ON NAILS: Michelle Saunders for Essie

  1. Apply first base coat to clean, filed nails
  2. Next, trim a makeup sponge in half and use the side that’s more narrow to create the
    ombre sunset
  3. From top to bottom, layer the sponge in thin, horizontal lines with tarte deco,
    marshmallow, beach bum blu and midnight cami (Target $8.59 each)
  4. Sponge ombre sunset pattern on each finger, making sure tarte deco is always at the
    base; colors will need to be reapplied to the sponge every other nail
  5. Then, apply one coat of spaghetti strap over each nail to “soften the sunset”
  6. Finish with gel setter top coat

Jinsoon Tibi NYFW SS 16

SHOW: Tibi
ON NAILS: Jin Soon Choi for JINsoon

  1. File and clean nails, removing all traces of polish and oil residue
  2. Apply a coat of JINsoon Tulle
  3. Using a striping brush (Target, $5.99) draw two parallel lines in the center of the nail with the color of your choice. You want to leave the center strip blank. Then draw a diagonal line from each line towards the edge of the nail. Once you have the outline of the shapes, fill them in. TIP: For this look to look the best you want the two parallel shapes to look as symmetrical as possible.
  4. Finish with JINsoon Top Gloss (Sephora, $18)
Lela Rose presentation, New York Fashion Week, Skylight Clarkson Studios, September 14, 2015. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano
Photo: Erin Baiano

SHOW: Lela Rose
ON NAILSNonie Creme using Colour Prevails (For Beauty.com)

  1. Apply one thin coat of Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Date Night (Drugstore.com $8)
  2. Loosely drag Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Party Girl ($8) across the tips of the nails
  3. Using any chrome polish, create a more shallow ombre by dragging polish only across the very tip of the nail
  4. Finish with Top coat

Ji Oh SS16 essie nails

ON NAILSRita Remark for essie

  1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails
  2. Next, apply a thin coat of resort fling
  3. Then, apply one coat of sugar daddy
  4. Using a striping brush (Target, $5.99) carefully apply one thin, vertical stripe of after school boy blazer on each nail; placement should be sporadic and vary from nail to nail
  5. Next, using a striping brush, choose one finger on each hand and carefully apply a second
    thin, vertical stripe of after school boy blazer next to the original stripe
  6. Finish with good to go top coat

New York Fashion Week wraps up today, and, while we are still fighting the mean streets on New York, we would be remiss not to share essentials that carried us (metaphorically) from show to show. Each person working will no doubt have their own New York Fashion Week essentials — here are the items that allow the TTB Ladies to maintain stamina and readiness to take on the frenzy of backstage and still look cool enough to effortlessly transition to front of house. 


Hand Sanitizer

New York Fashion Week Essentials - Purell Hand Sanitizer

New York is a breeding ground for all types of germs. To keep things clean and healthy, hand sanitizer is definitely a must. Purell Aloe and Sanitizer, (Target.com, $1.52)

Lip Balm

Lip balm is an everyday essential but takes on even more importance during fashion week, where dehydration  and chapped lips can so easily happen. can so easily happen.  Classic Cherry ChapStick, (RiteAid.com, $1.99) 


FRENDS Layla leather and rose gold-tone headphones

When boredom strikes between shows, headphones are a lifesaver! If you’re carrying an iPhone, the Apple headphones are certainly convenient, but external headphones not only offer superior quality sounds for your favorite tunes but they can also be used as an extension your outfit. FRENDS Layla leather and rose gold-tone headphones, (Net-a-porter.com, $150)


Add instant drama to the eyes and wake up the face with a mascara that lengthens  and  volumizes.Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara  (Sephora.com, $23).

Notebook & Pen

Rifle Paper Co. Everyday Pocket Notebook in Russian Rose

A phone isn’t the only object capable of holding valuable information. For the easiest way to recall highlights of favorite fashion moments, a stylish notebook and pen is ideal — and you don’t have to charge it. Rifle Paper Co (riflepaperco.com ranging from $7 to $15.)

Energy Bar

Feeling hungry but don’t have time to grab a full meal? Pack an energy bar. Not only will it help to curb hunger pains, but they will also provide enough nutrients to keep you going throughout the day. 12 Pack Luna Protein Bars in Cookie Dough, (Walgreens.com, $14.99)


During Fashion Week (and life) I am of the mind that less is more, so, my favorites  bare that out. In addition to hand sanitizer and gum/mints, I carry very little else but prep my face for the long day (and nights.)

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

New York Fashion Week Essentials - Urban Decay All Nighter

With shows spread out all over the city, I don’t dare leave home without 2-4 sprays of Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. True to its name, the long lasting formula locks my look in place for hours and does not budge until I begin my nightly 3 step cleansing ritual.

L’OREAL LE MATTE lip pencils

L'OREAL LE MATTE lip pencil

For this season of NYFW, I’m also insanely loyal to LOREAL LE MATTE lip pencils (If you follow me on Snapchat you would know this.) Keeping with my long wear theme, these super pigmented lippies come in a wide range shades (the pinks are my faves) to suit all skin tones…and the chic, slim packaging fits perfectly into my cross body du jour.

Cross Body Bags

Givenchy Pandora Mini

I’m alternating between the Givenchy Pandora Mini Leather Crossbody ( NiemanMarcus.com, $1150) in Black and the Cambridge Satchel Company Medium Push Lock Crossbody in Blue (Madewell.com, $120.) Both are big enough to hold the essentials leaving my hands free for selfies, snapchat and double cheek air kisses.


I co-sign everything said by Tiffany and Felcia.  However, I’d like to add that comfort and convenience drive all that I do during Fashion Week.


Leather Converse

I always have my Chucks either on my feet or in a bag ready to switch at a moment’s notice. I applaud the ladies (and gents) that can flit from show to show in sky high heels — I’m simply not about that life. (Seperately, I saw a guy wearing stilettos on cobblestone. I was like “Sir!”  (zappos.com $90.)

E.L.F Lipstick

New York Fashion Week Essentials - Bordeaux Beauty - ELF

I got e.l.f’s Brdeaux Beauty lipstick from PR right as fashion week was starting and I have worn it at every outing since then.  It’s the right amount of color and gets me that much closer to wearing a full matte dark lip sometime this fall/winter. The formula is moisturizing  but not glossy and it has just a hint of sweetness. (eyeslipface.com $3)

Cover FX Blotting Powder + Aero Mineral Puff

Aero Minerale Powder Puff

If you are going to be sitting/standing front of house you definitely can’t have shine and sweat on your face. The Cover FX blotting powder in medium (Sephora.com $24) helps me to keep the shine at bay and pressing it in with the Aero Mineral puff (Aerominerale.com $4.24) ensures my makeup stays in place.

What are some of your on-the-go must-haves?

Designer: Rebecca Minkoff


Stylist: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé

Inspiration: Like the collection, the runway hair was ethnic-inspired. More specifically, Rebecca was stricken by a vintage photo of Bianca Jagger in Mexico. This led to her thinking about the very strong and stylish Mexican woman, Frida Kahlo. Syfu used these inspirations to translate Kahlo’s iconic braided up-do into a modern, textured, intentionally imperfect style.


Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and rough dry.
  2. Create a messy zig zag part from hairline to nape and clip to separate.
  3. From the heavier side of the part, create another zig zag section behind the ear and clip, creating three sections.
  4. Back brush hair for texture and fullness and create a ponytail in each section, positioned just behind the ears (two on one side, one on the other).
  5. Tease lengths of hair and spray lightly with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
  6. Create a four-strand braid with each ponytail and fasten with an elastic.
  7. Wrap braids around the top of the heard, tucking the end of the braids under and fastening with bobby pins.
  8. Finish with TRESemmé Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo for a matte, undone look.

At Home Tips: It’s an easy, intentionally messy look, so, don’t aim for perfection. You can try it with a three-strand braid rather than four, tie it in knots, or even twist it. It’s one of those styles that looks best on second day hair. No need to use any curling irons, it’s about texture and braiding.

Fall Hair Trends: Straight, flat ironed is where the industry is going. Syfu is over beachy waves. It’s about a clean slate of hair with shine.



Manicurist: Michelle Saunders for Essie

Inspiration: What would Frida Kahlo wear on her nails today? Mexican folk art! ‘Tart Deco,’ a bright creamy coral by Essie is the “hero color” of the look, and it is embroidered with Day of the Dead-inspired skulls, flowers and dots on random nails using Essie colors ‘Licorice,’ ‘Blanc,’ and ‘Butler Please,’ a blue that was actually inspired by the color of Kahlo’s house.


Fall Nail Trends: Texture in the form of nail art, as well as a lot of matte, glitter and 3D. Nails continue to be an extension of fashion and nail art is bigger than ever.



Makeup Artist: Sarah Lucero for Stila

Inspiration: All about the beauty of nomads exploring the Mexican desert with a dash of punk rebellion. The palette? Warm Navajo neutrals. Not to mention, brows that wow!


Products Used:

  1. Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color
  2. Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Burgundy (Available Spring ’14)
  3. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  4. Kajal Eye Liner in Tigers Eye
  5. In the Know Eye Shadow Palette
  6. Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Camellia

TTBTip: Be a Brow BelieverDon’t be afraid to boost your brows in a natural way. Shade and fill in where you need to using tint, stains, or pencil.

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Designer: Christian Siriano

Makeup:  Polly Osmond for Hourglass

The Scoop:  Inspired by a recent trip to Isla Mujeres on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and the destination’s exuberant color palette, the Christian Siriano Spring 2014 collection features vivid prints, woven raffias, and sculptural organzas all in vibrant hues. Siriano “wanted the collection to be light, feminine and romantic […] like the girl left the beach but she had a cocktail party to go to, and threw on a dress, a bright lip, and little highlighter.”



Christian Siriano & Polly Osmond


Skin: Prep skin with Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, infused with botanical oils, and follow with Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer for a luminous complexion. Conceal any dark circles or imperfections with Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer.

Cheeks: To create a multi-dimensional glow, apply all three shades from Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (NEW) to the cheeks using a circular motion. Dab Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum onto the apples of the cheeks for a hint of tropical sheen.

ChChristian Siriano - Spring 2014 - Backstage
Eyes: Apply the Incandescent shade from Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (NEW) all over the lids. Follow with the shimmering Shell shade from Hourglass Vol. 6 Eyeshadow Palette, applied to the inner corner of eyes. Use the same shade to create a diffused liner along the top and bottom of the lash lines. Finish with a coat of Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara.
Brows: Brush a small amount of Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum onto brows to create definition and a little shine.

ChChristian Siriano - Spring 2014 - Backstage 2
Lips: Prep lips earlier with Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil for superior hydration. Apply Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse, an orange coral shade, to the lips. Create a diffused pout by softening the outline of the lips with a lip brush.


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Designer: Anna Laub

Hair: O&M Creative Director Janelle Chaplin

Inspiration: An androgynous, modern Japanese influence to compliment  the PRISM Spring/Summer 2014 swimsuit collection that was itself inspired by a futuristic but delicate idea of Japan. The hair was to look high gloss and “wet,” reminiscent of Helmut Newton photography. Chaplin didn’t want the hair to look stringy and piece-y, so she molded large pieces and sections with O&M products.


Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray throughout roots to ends.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush, gently pulling hair straight down as you go, smoothing out the hair and removing flyaways.
  3. Combine a generous amount of O&M Style Guru Styling Cream and O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum in the palms of the hands to combine.
  4. Rake products through hair from roots to end, applying enough mixture until you create a “wet” look.
  5. Finish ends with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum.

TTBTip: Achieve it at home by combining a styling cream with a shine serum. The cream gives it the hold, the serum gives it shine and that wet feeling.

Fall 2013 Hair Trend Alert: Straight, clean, chic, tight hair is in season. Hair is really going away, everything is being sleeked and gelled back. Think severe and aggressive.



Inspiration: Because it is a chic swimwear collection, the inspiration was a Helmut Lang, strong woman look.

Get the Look:

  1. Start with a tough, strong eyebrow. Brows are so important because they frame your face, so the brows here are stronger, almost boyish and masculine. They aren’t really arched, more bushy and tougher. It’s an “angry brow” but at the same time, really beautiful.
  2. There is a Geisha moment on the lip, almost a petal effect. The lips are concealed, with a bright coral in center of mouth which is blended and faded out. Press with fingers to achieve.
  3. For eyes, it’s all matte sculpting and highlighting powders.
  4. After highlighting your face with concealer, brush MAC Studio Fix all over, then the whole thing magically blends. The look is very skin-centered. Don’t use blush, this provides the androgynous, masculine effect.


Nails: Essie



Inspiration: The inspiration came from the name of the line, Prism. So they started by polishing little prisms at the base of the nail. Since the collection is showing a lot of skin, the nails also reflect that by “showing a little nail.” In terms of color, since the swimwear collection has a lot of khaki greens and lilacs, the metallic nail color, ‘For the Twill of It‘ brings them together.

The Scoop: The base coat is two coats of Essie’s Ridge Filler. You might consider ridge filler to be BB cream of nail polishes; it perfects everything. It provides a beautiful sheer finish and flatters every nail plate. If you’re going to bare some nail, you might as well do it flawlessly!

Pro Tip: Metallics have staying power! They are like jewelry, especially when polished on only on a portion of the nail. Embellish yourself!

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Designer: Jill Stuart

Hair: Kérastase Paris

Stylist: Odile Gilbert

Inspiration: The inspirational phrase that kept coming up backstage at the Jill Stuart Spring/Summer 2014 show was “rock and roll.” Think “Girlfriends on a beach holiday waking up slightly hungover.”


Judging from this model, I think the stylist more than pulled off the look.

Get the Look: To achieve the appropriate rock and roll runway hair, it was all about texture. Start with an imperfect middle part, slightly messy and uncentered. Use Kérastase Boucles D’Art Curl Defining Hair Mousse to build the roots of hair up, then with 1 inch curling iron, make waves in middle of hair only, leaving ends straight. Finish everything with Kérastase Paris Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo and Kérastase Laque Dentelle Micro-Mist Fixing Hairspray.

Pro Tip: How do you protect your hair from overstyling? Gilbert says it’s all about using high quality products!



Manicurist: Julie Kandalec for Essie

Inspiration: Rock and roll, of course!

Get the Look: So blue it’s black, ‘After School Boy Blazer‘ is brand new for Fall and was the chic choice for both hands and feet. To achieve it at home, simply paint two coats over one coat of ‘First Base Base Coat‘ on your slightly rounded nails. Top with ‘Good to Go.’

Fall 2013 Nail Trend Alert: Looking for a new nail color? Kandalec suggests jewel tones like ‘Going Incognito,’ a deep emerald by Essie.


IMG_0260Makeup Artist: Aaron De Mey, SEPHORA Artistry Ambassador

Inspiration: The cool girl who goes out at night and wakes up in the morning with messy, grungy eyes.

Get the Look: It’s all about a fresh face and a strong eye. After all, strong eyes are best offset by a flawless complexion.

  1. Start by strategically using Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrector Pen on your face, only where needed to disguise redness and hide any imperfections. Then set with Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, while letting your natural cheek color shine through. Add dimension with a light application of Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on cheekbones, bridge of nose, and chin.
  2. Using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil in Magic Black, sketch around the upper and lower lash line, and smudge into the crease. Add a dot of the metallic silver from Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette in The Starlet 204 to the inner corners of the eye for brightness. Dab Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on the lid for glossiness with fingertips, blend and smudge. Finish eye with generous coats of Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara in Black.
  3. Brows are combed through with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo and lips are left bare, or dabbed with a clear gloss like Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Crystal.


TTBTip: On a budget? Try the glossy eye look using Vaseline.

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Looking for a pre-brunch activity this Sunday, September 8th?  You’re in luck!  Since it’s New York Fashion Week we thought you might enjoy hanging out with a few beauty editors, beauty bloggers and possibly have a celebrity sighting or two;  so, we’ve arranged with Birchbox to give ThisThatBeauty readers press access to the Birchbox suite.

Birchbox Local NYFW 1

Here’s What You Do:

On Sunday, September 8th (that is this Sunday) show up at 459 W 15th St. (between 9th & 10th Avenues) and say ThisThatBeauty and you’re in! The ThisThatBeauty Time slot is from 11am – 12pm. Honestly, could it be any easier?

Here’s What You Get:

Once you are in the Birchbox Suite, you have access to create your own Birchbox, go nuts at the candy and refreshment bar, charge your mobile devices and mingle to your heart’s content. Doesn’t that sound fun? So, this Sunday, grab a few girlfriends (or boyfriends) and go have a little pre-brunch fun with Birchbox!

Tweet, Instagram and Facebook using #BirchboxLocal and don’t forget to tag @ThisThatBeauty.

Have fun!

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Designer: Trina Turk

Nails: Julep

The scoop:  As her first time debuting at New York Fashion Week, Trina Turk channels California modern with a look that has rich colors and lush textures.

The look: Chic greiges on the nails and toes, using shades Whitney and Toni.  Finishing off with the new Freedom Polymer top coat to give it high shine and a fast dry time.

Makeup: Stila Cosmetics

The look: Warm oranges and browns on the eyes and face to reflect the California Modern inspiration in the clothing.

Products used all Stila cosmetics:






Designer: Jen Kao

Key Makeup Artist: Yadim

Makeup: MAC Cosmetics

The scoop: This collection mixes “dolly polish and modern strength” – a tough but girly look with field jackets and shearling collars mixed with more feminine and glamorous touches such as elbow length leather gloves.

Makeup: An ode to 70’s glamour with a modern twist – featuring a graphic smoke eye with a bold lip.

Products used all MAC Cosmetics:



  • Feline eye pencil – used all around entire eye.
  • Gloss Texture – pressed onto lid at the end



Hair:  Elegant but not fussy – inspired by 70’s glamour.

How to:

  • Create a deep side part, keeping volume at the front of the hair.
  • Make two asymmetric ponytails and then braid them. 
  • Wrap the braids in an elongated, asymmetrical bun.

Nails: Flesh toned and subtle.

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SHOW: Creatures of the Wind

LEAD ARTIST: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry.

LOOK: “The makeup complements the collection by adding a new element. You see the pearl on their cheeks, and an angular line that almost makes the look hard and not so feminine, like a Teddy girl in the UK after World War II.  I also wanted to balance Chris and Shane’s inspiration of artificiality, and candy, by creating a look that had a combination of matte and pearl but no real sense of contour, depth or color.” 


Below are the key products used to create the exclusive look:


For a similar effect, try Sheer Glow Foundation 



Brow Gel (Available: US / Global – August 1 2013)



All products, except where noted, are available at narscosmetics.com.

Fashion Show: Katie Gallagher

Backstage Beauty Focus: Julep Nail Polish

Hair: Morrocan Oil

Makeup: MAC

“Chasing Dragonflies” was the theme for the nail designed by  Jane Park of Julep nail polishes for designer Katie Gallagher.  Three looks were created to compliment the  the designer’s line of of cream/biege, light metallics and blacks pieces. Sienna and Juliette and a few other polishes were used to create the looks below.

Chasing Dragonflies: Julep Nails for Katie Gallagher Spring/Summer 2013
Julep Nails for Katie Gallagher Spring/Summer 2013
Katie Gallagher Spring/Summer 2013- Julep Nails

The Katie Gallagher collection was a little goth and futuristic. The line featured body conscious pieces, plunging necklines, stylish draping, strategic placement of sheer fabric and high cut bathing suits.  A number of the ensembles in this collection seem they could have come from the wardrobe of Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron).

Katie Gallagher Spring/Summer 2013 (Photo credit :Imaxtree/Andrea Adriani)


Katie Gallagher Spring/Summer 2013 (Photo credit :Imaxtree/Andrea Adriani)


Katie Gallagher Spring/Summer 2013 (Photo credit :Imaxtree/Andrea Adriani)

The theme of “Chasing Dragonflies” seemed a great balance for the collection. This nail created by Julep Nails easily translates to the everyday woman. Spring 2013 is about neutral nails with pops of metallic and color. Nail art will continue to be big next spring – are you ready for spring nails? I know I am.

Fashion Show: Billy Reid Spring 2013

Backstage Beauty:  Hair styled by Tresemme and Makeup by Bobbi Brown

The Rundown for hair: Polished, perfect and expensive – three words used over and over to describe the looks at Billy Reid.  Matthew Curtis, key hair stylist for Tresemme, explained the look as a girl with “inherant wealth” who has an effortless beauty courtesy of a “good gene pool”.  Hair was curled, pinned at the top of the head to set, and then brushed out section by section to give a smooth, soft finish.  After parting the hair subtlely to the left, artists then sprayed Tresemme Shine Spray on soft bristle brushes and ran through the hair to loosen the waves.  The result was beautiful, classic and easy to translate to real life.

Hair pinned to set the curls


Polished perfection.


The Rundown on Beauty:  The makeup looks conveyed the same theme of luxe wealth, with a “peaches and cream” complexion and matte skin.   “These are perfect looking girls that get up in the morning looking great” described Brown on the look executed by her and her team.  “It’s expensive, beautiful and a little southern.”  Gold lids framed by lots of mascara and no liner created a beautiful look for the eyes.  Using the Bobbi Brown Antigua Bronzer on the cheeks, the skin had a subtle warmth with lite flecks of shimmer.  A hint of bronzy gold transparency on the lips using the Sunlit Nude cheek/lip tint rounded out the super wearable look.

Bobbi Brown creating the look for the show.
Understated yet luxe beauty at Billy Reid Spring 2013
Gold Lips, subtle pink cheeks and bronze lips

Here is tidbit from Bobbi talking Spring 2013 Makeup Trends.

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New York Fashion Week is over and we’re left to make sense of it all. What’s here to stay and what’s a has-been? Are we doing matte lips again? Is the winged cat eye so over? Well Beauty Expert Trae Bodge, co founder of Three Custom Color Specialists, returns to ThisThatBeauty to offer our bi-annual New York Fashion Week Beauty Trend Report. Why painstakingly cull through show after show when we can break it down for you plain and simple. Take it away, Trae!


Spring/Summer 2012 Trends from the Runway

Hello again – I’m SO thrilled to be back with another beauty trend report for ThisThatBeauty!  I’m sitting here on a crisp, Fall day trying to fast forward in my mind to the light and flirty days of Spring and Summer 2012.  All it takes is another tour of the runways (thank you, www.style.com!) and I’m in a Springy, Summery state of mind.

What struck me first about this season were the colorful lips. I always feel a bit sad when there is a strong return to nude or neutral lips, so I was excited to see a real commitment to bold, defined lips this go ‘round.

The two lip trends that were the most memorable for me were the Peach Lip and the Red Lip.

Peach Lip

Several of the peach lips were paired with soft, demure eyes, like at Nicholas K, Candela and Porter Grey.  This is a very fresh, wearable “every day” look.  Most of us can make this look work because peach is extremely wearable.  Because it is the perfect balance between warm (red) and cool (pink), peach suits most skin tones.

The peach lip look that I really like was at Jill Stuart (pictured).  The peach lip was pronounced and matte and the eyes were rimmed with dramatic black.  It was the perfect play against her powerful, color blocked styles.  Because of the dramatic eye, this is a tougher look for the every day woman to pull off, but hey – isn’t runway supposed to be larger than life any way?

Red Lip

Red lips often make an appearance on the runway, but this season’s reds were notably bright and commanding.  These lips were most often paired with peach cheeks, soft eyes and a defined brow.  My favorite examples of this were at Jason Wu, Jen Kao and Joy Cioci (pictured).

Now, in terms of being wearable, a red lip is not for the faint of heart.  Of course, Felicia of TTB ROCKS a fabulous red lip, but she’s got the personality to match!  If you’re feeling bold, go for it, but if you’re more on the shy side, try a red gloss (or red lipstick mixed with lip balm), for a softer look.

The WOW Factor

Now, I don’t know if the super dramatic black-rimmed eyes I saw at Marc Jacobs, Monique L’Hullier and L.A.M.B. (pictured) will end up being a trend, but I thought the look was so fabulous that I felt compelled to write about it.  I question the trendiness of this look, simply because it would take so much work to make it happen!  Eyes were literally scrawled with black, and often winged out in a dramatic, almost Japanese-inspired style.  Lashes were heavy and fake and brows were very defined as well, particularly at L.A.M.B.   Fabulous!

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One of my favorite runway looks this season, by far, was the look created by DeShawn Hatcher for Becca Cosmetics at VENEXIANA. The 20’s/ 30’s retro vibe set to a modern 2012 landscape captured my heart right from the start. Ms. Hatcher shares the beauty deets on her catwalk creation:

For complexion:

First we used Becca Resurfacing primer in the t zone, then Becca’s concealer only where needed. To finish off the look I used Becca mineral powder foundation dry.

For Eyes:

The technique was a Semi Smokey Eye using Becca’s Lost Weekend/Prairie Moon palette (the darkest colors in both palettes–more to the outside corners of the eyes, instead of all over the lid, paired with top and bottom, spikey lashes, eyes lined (top and bottom inner rims and top bottom lids) in Becca’s Intense Black automatic pencil.

For Face:

A wash of blush in Estella concentrating on the apples of the cheeks–a beautiful coral color.

For Lips:

Lips were unlined and concentrating only in the center of the lip. I used Becca’s Lip and Cheek creme in Petal, and a beautiful Glossy Tint in Frappe–this is also a beautiful coral lip color to coordinate with the blush.

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