Contributor Jordan Reid shares her style and beauty know-how to get you prepped for those special occasions in which it's fun to put your best look forward.
I’m not going to lie. When it comes to style and beauty, attending New York Fashion Week can be intimidating. Well, it can be more than intimidating. It can be borderline terrifying.
Getting ready for the shows stresses me out big time, because you know what I feel most comfortable in? Plaid shirts, tees and jeans, ponytails and flip-flops. That isn’t exactly the look that you’ll see on the die-hard fashionistas wandering around the tents.
So for me, the trick is finding some kind of balance between what I want to wear and what I feel like I should wear.
As you can see from the above photo taken with my friend Francesca when I was pregnant with my son at last September’s ready-to-wear presentations, I still hold tight to my go-to wardrobe even when trekking around Lincoln Center. But I do have a little fun with my makeup.
The plan for my beauty look this year: Go 90 percent classic, and then add one seriously stylish element like major, major color on the eyes.
Here's my complete breakdown below.
Relaxed, tousled waves say easy, breezy chic better than anything else, and look right whether you’re at a 9 a.m. show or a 9 p.m. party. Get the perfect beachy texture with a flat iron, and then mist with a light hair spray for all-day staying power.
Fresh, dewy skin is always perfectly on trend. And as the eyes will be dramatic, I’d go a little lighter on the face products than usual. A light dusting of bronzer (I like YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder) and the palest-pink blush, such as L’Oréal True Match Blush in Baby Blossom, is more than enough. If you want a subtle glow, also add a delicate swipe of highlighter (or plain old Vaseline) across your cheekbones.
This is key to the look: a thick swipe of liquid liner in a dramatic shade. I’m loving the idea of a cobalt blue, such as Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Radium. Starting at the center of your lids, swipe the liner toward the outer edges of your eyes, winging it out as much as you dare (I say go big!). Then start from the inner corner of your eyes to join the lines at the centers. Finish off with an ultra-lengthening mascara. Try:Lancôme L'Extrême Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara.
It’s all about pale shine for this look. The Body Shop Lily Cole Hi-Shine Lip Treatment in Go Pink is just about perfect. If you apply it over a neutral liner (try Sue Devitt Lip Intensifier Pencil in Kirakira), your gloss will take you through New York Fashion Week from start to finish.
What beauty look will you wear to New York Fashion Week?
Photo: Alexander Wang Rocco bag (courtesy of the brand)