If you read my latest NYFW article, you know that in the last few seasons, I decided to take a step back from fashion week for a valid reason. But when a backstage opportunity with one of my favorite makeup brands, Nars Cosmetics, presented itself I just couldn’t decline it. So, yet again I found myself in one of my favorite cities in the middle of fashion week chaos.
The backstage experience was very different than any fashion week experience I’ve had before. You could just feel the intensity in the air as soon as you walk in the hair & makeup room. Models, makeup artists, hairstylists, nail artists, filming crew, press… etc. filled the room. Everyone seemed to be moving at 100mph trying to be ready before showtime!
Being backstage I got the chance to see the makeup look up close and witness the Nars makeup artists in action. I also picked up a few tips and tricks, which I can’t wait to recreate soon. Keep an eye out on my Instagram, where I’ll be posting a video recreating this look!
For the face, the focus was a radiant but natural complexion. After skin prep, the makeup artists applied the new Nars Tinted Glow Booster before applying an extremely light layer of the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. The models’ skin looked natural, radiant but not overdone. For concealer, they alternated between the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Nars Complete Matte Complete Concealer, again in minimal amounts.
The artists bounced back and forth between small brushes, their fingers and damped makeup sponges to get that flawless your skin but better look.
I was shocked that blush, bronzer not highlighters were used on the models. The glow on the models’ faces was from skin prep and the glow booster used underneath the foundation. Brows were filled in only where needed and then groomed with a clear brow gel. The goal was to look as natural as possible.
As for the eyes, they were definitely the focus of this look. A simple but powerful gold eyeliner to emphasize the eyes and create drama. Only two products were used to create this look: clear lip balm and gold leaves. The artist first applied gently and minimally the lip balm across the lid, focusing on the part closest to the lashes. Then with the utmost precision, they placed small pieces of gold leaves across the eyelid, creating the illusion of liquid gold liner. The result was the most beautiful, powerful yet understated golden eye look I’ve ever seen. The gold leaf made the eyes of every model pop no matter their complexion or eye color.
To finish off the look, the artist applied a clear Nars lip balm on the models’ lips, to make sure the eyes remain the emphasis of this look.
As for the hair, Bumble & Bumble created a beautifully natural and lived in style, with Adeam headbands, as a node to tennis as this collection was in collaboration with the tennis player, Naomi Osaka.
Just a few minutes before the show started, as the models were getting dressed with their first outfit, I was escorted to my front-row seat in the beautiful venue where the show was taking place. Lights on, music blasting, before I knew it the models were walking past me in the beautiful Adeam outfits.