Hair and makeup artists have skill and vision. But they also have a bag full of beauty products that with a little guidance you can use to achieve the same fashion forward looks.
The Product: Curling Iron
To get the Veronica Lake-like cascade of curls spotted at Emerson, Zahir Ziani of Red Door Spas recommends using a good curling iron and a hairspray like Kerastase Volumactive Volumizing Hairspray. This gives "texture without making your hair look too sticky" says Ziani. Using hairspray on damp hair works during Fashion Week, when models don't have the time to fully dry their hair in between shows. Applying hairspray on damp hair and then curling ensures frizz free, beautifully textured hair.
The Product: Liquid Liner
At the Naeem Khan show, James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry told us the easiest way to recreate that 1960s Italian bombshell look (with a modern take) was to go with a sleek cat eye using a good liquid liner. Try using the new NARS Eyeliner Stylos (launching in Fall 2012), and "pay special attention to the angle of the line," advises Boehmer. "The eye line has to be really sharp and pointed up towards the temple—it draws the eyes up."
The Product: Taupe Nail Polish
Getting really sexy, sophisticated nails is not difficult, explains Deborah Lippman for Donna Karen's Fall 2012 collection. All you need are taupe nail lacquer like Deborah Lippmann in Fashion to use as as a base, and a blood red shade like Deborah Lippmann in Single Ladies, to use as the French tip. The taupe/nude shade acts as a perfect (but not bland) foil to bright tip.
The Product: Shine Cream
To get that sleek finished head of hair like the models in the MARC by MARC JACOBS show, use what Redken's Creative Consultant Guido used on the models' ponytails: Redken Outshine 01 Anti-frizz Polishing Milk. This gives you a "lasting smoothness and a sleek finished look," he says. The shine cream is a backstage favorite because it gives hair a shiny finish without weighing the hair down or looking greasy.