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Feb 14, 2015

Backstage At New York Fashion Week: The Secret To Model Skin At Richard Chai Fall 2015

So, are you one of those people who thinks models live these glamorous lives?  Are you green with envy look at your Instagram feed and seeing yet another model with perfect skin/perfect life/perfect everything?  Well, I have to tell you runway models don't have it as great as it seems.  These girls are getting poked and prodded all day long for days (even months) on end during Fashion Week seasons, especially the ones that do shows in New York, Milan, Paris, etc.  They have to get backstage around 6:00 am, and usually have shows that go until around 8:00 or 9:00 pm.  Makeup on, makeup off, makeup on, makeup off.  And don't even get me started on what they do to the hair of these poor gals backstage!  It's also really friggin hot back there most of the time, and nobody has any time to eat or drink water.  This whole process takes a serious toll on the hair, skin, and sanity of most people.
Now that you know the gritty secrets of what goes on backstage, I'm going to tell you a bit about the scene backstage at the Richard Chai Fall 2015 show, which was considerably more skin-friendly for the models.  Because isn't great skin the base for ALL great beauty looks?  
Makeup artist Nigel Stanislaus was given the task of making these models glow in the dead of this brutally cold NYC winter, so he turned to some of my fave Dr. Jart+ products for help.  
First, models were prepped with Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water to cleanse the skin and speed up the absorption rate of the products to follow.  Next, he used the Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment mask on the models, and let that sit on the skin to really hydrate.  Last step for the skin was one of my favorite skincare products in the whole world: Ceramidin Liquid.  One of the benefits Stanislaus really likes about this product for fashion week, in particular, is that it contains aloe vera to heal abused skin.

Once the skin was prepped, the Sephora Pro team, led by Mark Carasquillo, gave the models a 90's girl that's out at a club makeup look.  It was really all about a lived-in look, with clean, glowing skin, and keeping the emphasis all on the eyes.  The girls wore no foundation, but skin was perfected using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen as needed.  There was no heavy contouring or blush, and skin was finished with a light dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Light Palette.  To finish off the skin they used a highlighter just to pop the cheekbones, down bridge of nose, and a little on the chin.  The eye look was all about this taupe-y mushroom cream shadow from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color Case in Neutral, really blended up almost to the eyebrow, and blended around the whole eye with a Sephora Collection Pro Small Shadow Brush #15.  The color was set with some MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in M626 (matte neutral brown).  Next, Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in Intense Black was used just on the inside water line.  Lots and lots of Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara was used on top and bottom lashes.  The look was finished with some Sephora Collection Nourishing Lip Balm on the lips.   

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