As dedicated beauty junkies, we love to pour over—and occasionally, on a wild and crazy weekend, try—the new hair and makeup trends that emerge during Fashion Week. But in our real lives (where, ahem, we have to work), our bosses don’t always appreciate our beauty bravado. In an effort to merge the two worlds, Makeup.com asked backstage regulars how to make runway hair and makeup work at our 9-to-5.
“Runway hair is exaggerated and helps to refine the overall look of the clothing,” says DJ Riggs, Tigi Creative Director and backstage vet. So while you may be lusting after an over-the-top ‘do, Riggs suggests editing it down. “Pin point one element that you like and want to copy—a funky french braid or to-the-side ponytail—but simplify the style,” he says. And don’t forget that more is not always better. “Overusing strong hairsprays and stiff gels looks too severe,” adds Myron Chin, senior stylist at Oscar Blandi salon in New York City.
A bright lip and bold eyeshadow are runway faves, but don’t always translate off the catwalk. For dramatic lip color, choose a sheer formula instead of full cream or matte texture suggests Dell Ashley, an Yves Saint Laurent national makeup artist. (Or, swipe a demure, milky gloss like Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur in Pure Beige over any lipstick to tone it down.) An intense eyeshadow doesn’t have to be off-limits, either...with a few adjustments. “Skip eye primer, since it intensifies color and place very little shadow on the brush,” says Dell.
In the past few years, nail polish has been moving beyond pretty pinks and classic reds and into daring, colorful territory. Celeb manicurist Jin Soon Choi, says she’s seeing lots of glitter and holographic finishes in polish this fall. Wondering how to wear sparkly talons at the office? Choi likes darker shades (“they flatter almost every skintone”) and mandates good nail maintenance—keep the length on the shorter side and create a more rounded shape—for ultimate wearability. As for nail art—like crackle-style polishes or Minx-like sticker designs—keep the colors neutral and the patterns simple.
What's the most high fashion beauty trend you've tried to wear to work?