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Fashion Week is a beauty goldmine, complete with some of the world’s greatest makeup artists, the best of the best products and looks that can only be described as iconic — and this year was no exception. As we ran around capturing backstage beauty content, we couldn’t help but pick up on some really cool tips and tricks from the best makeup artists and beauty experts around. From watching a Fashion Week nail look come to life from start to finish for the Kate Spade presentation to interviewing Gigi Hadid’s makeup artist (and dear friend) Erin Parsons, we’ve got you covered with the best backstage beauty tips out there.

TIP 1: Maybelline Baby Lips is a MUA Must-Have

If there’s one makeup product we spotted on nearly every makeup artist’s station backstage this season, it was Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Quenched. Thankfully, we had a chance to chat with lead Maybelline makeup artist Grace Lee to find out why she and so many others are obsessed with the product. Backstage at Jonathan Simkhai, Lee wanted to make sure skin looked extra glowy for the presentation, so she started by combining strobing liquids with moisturizer. Then, she hyper-intensified it with the Maybelline Strobing Stick and mixed it with Maybelline Baby Lips, explaining how this adds more of a dewiness to the formula that you can’t achieve with just the stick itself.


To recreate the look, use your finger to press this Strobing Stick and Lip Balm concoction into the high points of your face. According to Lee, it’s better to apply with your finger so that you can control how much you put on. In regards to the wonders of this balm, Lee explained, “Maybelline Baby Lips is a great extender for anything. I think they should make it in a bigger size  — maybe Maybelline will listen.”

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TIP 2: You Might Have to Layer Your Lippie to Get the Color You Dream Of

Backstage at Alice + Olivia, we had a chance to speak with Erin Parsons (that is, when we were done completing a model’s makeup for the runway). We couldn’t resist asking her about one of the makeup looks: a neon orange lip that was so vibrant and unique we couldn’t look away. Parsons explained how Stacey Bendet wanted that lip to be the perfect, bright shade, and in this case that meant creating one by layering two different lippies. “The orange lip is SuperStay Matte Ink in Heroine with a neon Halloween makeup store pigment on top to achieve the brightest lip we could get,” Parsons explained backstage.


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TIP 3: Your Liquid Lipstick Can Double as Lip + Cheek Stain

Behold, one of our favorite NYFW hacks: using a long-lasting liquid lipstick as a lip and cheek stain — how come we haven’t done this already?  “You’re going to have to work very, very quickly because it dries quickly and then stays put,” Lee explained, as she applied a new shade of Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Composer to the center of a model’s lips. From there, she used a light, fluffy brush to blend the lipstick outwards to create an undone look with a diffusion of color. For the paler models, Lee decided to skip the bold lip color and adapt it for their cheeks instead. Five models wore SuperStay Matte Ink Composer on their cheeks. The secret is that a little goes a long way and blending like you mean it is a must. In tandem with Lee’s adoration for Baby Lips, she applied the lip balm when she found that the liquid lipstick was getting a little bit dry and needed something to help sheer it out. Baby Lips is always the answer.

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@jonathansimkhai ss19 // nyfw18

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TIP 4: The Secret to Foiled Lips is a DIY Lover’s Dream

Calling DIY beauty lovers far and wide: we have the secret to perfectly foiled lips in just minutes. Grab your glitter foil paper and a Jeremy Scott backstage staple: eyelash glue. After lining your lips with a shade resembling your lip color, coat your lips in eyelash glue, and wait for it to dry. Next, place the foil onto your lips to make sure it’s aligned with all of the eyelash glue. Lastly, rip off the foil in an eyebrow-waxing style and be on your merry way. But first, perfect any gaps in your lips by adding more foil or by adding a glitter lip product to make it seamless. Is this or is this not the perfect holiday lip look?


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@lovegrace_e walking the Jeremy Scott SS19 Show/ Styled by @carlynecerfdedudzeele Hair by @eugenesouleiman @wellahair Makeup by @kabukinyc @maccosmetics Nails by @misspopnails @essie Music by @michelgaubert Casting by @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis

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TIP 5: A Nail Hack for Perfecting Those Thin Lines

Backstage at Monse, Essie manicurist Rita Remark divulged a great hack for anyone looking to create nail looks with intricate, thin lines. While you could use a striping brush if you already have one in your nail tool stash, Remark says you can also use an angled eyeshadow brush if that’s more readily available. If you choose this route, just be sure to clean it thoroughly before putting it anywhere near your eyes.


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More and more I find I’m less interested in symmetry. I’m drawn to unexpected and inconsistent looks. The nails I designed for @monsemaison featured minimalist graphic designs that varied from model to model. Less of a nail art “look” and more of a quirky nail accent - Thank you for letting me paint nails for your show again!! @fernandogarciam1205 @tokibunbun // @essie nails ft: #blanc and #mademoiselle // photo: @ssam_kim

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TIP 6: An Easy Way to Make Your Colored Hair Extension Look Real

You’ve probably seen the trend all over Instagram already, but neon was all over the runway this season in the form of nails, makeup and hair. Backstage at Alice + Olivia with superstar hairstylist Justine Marjan, hairstylists applied neon hair extensions into the hair of a few of the models. To get the look and ensure that it blended seamlessly and looked au naturale, Marjan started by forming a low ponytail at the base of the model’s neck, keeping the natural texture of their hair and avoiding brushing through it with a brush. The secret to perfecting the look is to cover the elastic with hair, forming a little bun, and using pins to secure it. Add a clip on extension underneath the bun and then spray with hairspray to create texture — being sure to apply product to the extension so it looks more like real hair.


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Ended #fashionweek #tresnyfw with a 💥 pop 💥 of #neon at @aliceandolivia 💛 thank you so much @tresemme for another great season 🔑 keying shows and thank you so much to my team for keeping it together and killing all the looks! #trespartner

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