Every New York Fashion Week, we're gifted gorgeous new clothing to ogle during a quick 10-minute catwalk, but many attendees are unaware of the hours-long preparation process that happens behind the scenes leading up to the show. Models are ushered in from their last gig, only to be completely transformed into the designer's vision. This process takes an entire crew of makeup artists, hair stylists and nail technicians furiously working their magic.
In a way, it's almost more fun to be backstage watching it all come together. If not to watch these professionals bring a vision to life, then to at least check out all the beauty products they're using. There are tried and true staples, of course, like Bioderma's Sensibio H20, Tom Ford's Shade & Illuminate Cheeks Palette and L'Oréal's Elnett Hair Spray, but it's also an opportunity to check out brand new (sometimes not even launched) beauty products. While roaming around backstage at roughly 25 different shows (yes, our feet hurt), we spotted nine noteworthy products to put on your radar.
Image via Imaxtree
Cover image via Imaxtree
Cote Nude Traveler Set, $42
It honestly doesn't matter what season it is, nude nails always look chic. Backstage at Jonathan Simkhai, the models got to test out Cote's new Nude Traveler Set, a collection that features miniature versions of its six most popular nude shades (no. 4, 12, 13, 41, 49 and 122). They're tiny, making them easy to pop into your purse or travel bag (hence the name) and boast the brand's signature cruelty-free, vegan and 11-free formula. To replicate the look from Jonathan Simkhai, add a matte top coat.
Backstage was but a dream at Badgley Mischka, where key makeup artist Carly Giglio was busy transforming models into ethereal, Alice in Wonderland-inspired beauties. To do so, she utilized two ultra-new products from Stila — Liquid Eyeshadow and Face Gloss in Mystère — which launch in Spring/Summer 2019. The liquid eyeshadow is iridescent and color-shifts between blue and pinkish-purple. The gloss is slightly pinker and meant to be applied to the high points of your cheeks for that fresh, dewy, not-quite-standard glow.
Drybar Brush Crush, $145
Drybar brought the heat — styling tool heat, that is — at Pamella Roland with its brand new Brush Crush. This bright yellow, two-in-one tool combines the smoothing abilities of both a flat iron and paddle brush, allowing you to comb it through your hair for frizz-free, straightened locks that still have body. It just launched in late August and is now available on the brand's site.
If you're going to bring the heat, you should also bring a little perfection. Drybar knows that, and called in their new Hot Toddy Heat Protecting Mist, a super light spray that smells amazing, gives your style more longevity and, most importantly, ensures your hair stays healthy. It also launched in late August.