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Feb 8, 2013

New York Fashion Week: Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2013

Get ready for the triple threat: Hair, makeup, and nails that you can recreate at home (and they're affordable).  There was so much good stuff happening backstage, from life-changing hair teasing tips from TRESemmé, to sneak peeks at what's on deck for Stila for Fall 2013, and the nail look that I'm going to try at home tonight while I'm snowed in.  
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Hair: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé 
Sleek, shiny hair with a bit of body was what it was all about backstage (unless you count my limp, blizzard hair).  Syfu started with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse and Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray to protect the hair before blowing dry.  Hair was blown dry with a round brush, making sure to lift at the roots for volume, but making sure it was super smooth at the ends.  Section by section, hair was sprayed with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray and straightened with a flat iron.  
Next Syfu created a strong middle part and started teasing the hair for volume, just at the top of the head so that the ends stayed straight and sleek.  The hair was finished with TRESemmé Smooth & Silky No Frizz Shine Spray to keep it looking shiny throughout the show. 
*Insider tip: Jeanie Syfu recommended using a fine tooth comb rather than a brush for teasing hair.  This keeps it more natural looking, and gives you more control than if you were using a brush.  She created paper thin sections in the hair to gently tease, rather than teasing big chunks at a time. 
Syfu gently teasing a thin section of the model's hair to create more natural body than if she were teasing big chunks of hair.  

Makeup: Sarah Lucero for Stila
Sarah Lucero was faced with an interesting issue when most of the models came backstage today; a Fashion Week blizzard.  Most people who entered the backstage area today, self included, had red skin from wind and hail pelting us in the face.  To counteract the redness of the skin, but still have the skin looking natural she used a combo of good skincare 
products and good foundation-alternatives.  
New Stila CC Stick for Fall 2013 with green in the center to neutralize redness

She started with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on areas that might be super chapped like the lips or nose area, and used Stila Face The Day Moisturizing Gel Cream to pamper sensitized skin with botanical extracts.  Next she used the Stila All Day 10-in1- HD Beauty Balm on the skin, or in cases where the girl was really red, she tested out Stila's new CC stick that is coming out for Fall 13.  It has a green color corrector in the middle to neutralize redness, and it comes in stick form so you can apply it right to the skin, or use a brush like this one that was being used backstage
Once the blizzard skin was taken care of, makeup artists backstage could move on to the dramatic cobalt line on the eye, created with Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Cobalt (new color for Fall).  The line was extended out straight past the corner of the ey, rather than flicking upwards like we usually see, and then finished off with a few coats of waterproof mascara on curled eyelashes.  
To give a little blush, without taking the emphasis away from the eyes, a little Stila Convertible Color was applied to the cheeks lightly with the fat side of the Beauty Blender sponge.  The look was finished with some Color Balm Lipstick in Ali, or some Lip Glaze in Apricot.   

Nails: Essie 

Get ready for a lazy girl's DREAM COME TRUE.  This "oil-slick" is nail art that is not obnoxious, and super easy to recreate at home.  If you own a few colors you like (If you don't, we're not friends anymore) and lip brush or nail art brush, you can do this mani.  The Essie colors used here were Aruba Blue, Go Overboard, Penny Talk, Blue Rhapsody and As Gold As It Gets.  You really just dot the colors on, and then swirl it all together with the brush.  Done.  

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