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New York Fashion Week Beauty: Backstage at Kate Spade Spring 2013

Jouer Makeup Artist Neil Scibelli adds false lashes to a model’s finished look.

Ever wonder what goes on backstage at a New York Fashion Week runway show? I always imagined it to be a flurry of stylists, false eyelashes, hairspray, and gorgeous models. Over this past week, I had the amazing privilege of covering behind-the-scenes beauty at some of my favorite designers’ runway shows: and I found out that my imagination was spot-on! I’ll be sharing my backstage pictures and findings over the next few days- or as soon as the craziness dies down. First up is the Kate Spade New York show, my very first NYFW experience!
Bright, 1980s inspired blues were everywhere at Kate Spade, including right at the models’ fingertips! These gingham-patterned ‘stiletto nails’ were created by manicure phenomenon Deborah Lippmann. (How completely Mani Monday worthy!) Other gingham versions came in bright orange, yellow, and navy. They were all painted over a crisp white base coat. The nail colors used are already available for sale, so check them out if you love the look! The stripes were hand-painted using tiny paintbrushes. The great part of the look is that you don’t have to worry about being perfect or precise. You can also leave the colors a bit transparent for a nice layered look.

Makeup for the Kate Spade show was done by Jouer Cosmetics. Their innovative click-together packaging looked overwhelmingly useful for keeping track of the zillions of products backstage. I got to chat with Makeup Artist Neil Scibelli about the makeup inspiration for the show: 1980’s Barbie meets rockabilly! Crisp white eyeliner topped by neon blue shadow and dewy clean skin with a pop of bright peony pink blush by Jouer defines the look. The contrast of jet-black mascara + false lashes and the eye-opening white was truly stunning. I originally thought that I was just really excited about this look because it was my first time at Fashion Week, but even after a hectic week of crazy backstage coverage, I still credit this look as my favorite!

Hair for the show was done by Garnier Fructis. Garnier Hair Stylist Tommy Buckett explained that the the Kate Spade hair look was all about super clean and impeccably-styled locks with some major bounce. Polished and “definitely not beachy.” You can really get a sense of the rockabilly inspiration from the swirly, head-topping coiffure. Take notice of how many pins were used to get the bounce just-so!

Want to see the final look before the girls headed out to the runway? Of course you do, the finished product is the best part! And luckily, I have some of those for you too! Check them out:

Keep an eye out for more New York Fashion Week backstage beauty, coming soon! I’ll break down the looks that you’ll be loving this Spring. Let us know what you think!

About Kristine Hope Kowalski

Kristine is a writer from New Jersey. When not quoting Tolstoy or catching up on her Twitter feed, she can be found watching iCarly or perusing the clearance racks at Bloomingdales.

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