Fashion Week

February 27th, 2014  |  2 Comments   

Hair How To with Tommy Bucket and Garnier: The Perfect High Ponytail


As we mentioned in our trend forecasting from NYFW, ponytails are going to be big this fall. High, low, sleek, and messy–the whole gang’s coming to a pinterest boards and fashionable heads of hair near you! While most of us mastered a basic pony in grade school, it can be tough to get that oh-so-sleek style that we loved during NYFW. For help on that front we turned to Tommy Buckett, hairstylist extraordinaire at the Serge Normant Salon. This season he crafted incredibly chic, “uptown” ponytails in partnership with Garnier for the Kate Spade Fall/Winter 2014 presentation at Fashion Week.

The key product behind the look was Garnier Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish. We watched it completely knock out any frizz in the models’ hair and create gorgeous shine, too. “A lot of people are scared of oils but this is actually really light and it sinks into the hair because it has no silicone,” Buckett explained about the Nourish oil.

Here’s how to get the look:

1. Begin by blow drying your hair straight. Once the hair is dry apply 4-5 pumps (for long hair, less for short) of Garnier’s Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish. You can also apply a little heat protecting spray.

2. Use a flat iron to smooth out your hair so it is as straight as possible to get a sleek look.

3. Flip your head upside down so your hair hangs down over your face. Gather it together in one hand, smoothing with a brush as needed.

4. Holding onto your ponytail, flip your head back upright.

5. Tilt your chin up and look at the ceiling while keeping your ponytail as tight as possible. This is Buckett’s trick to get the tightest possible ponytail.

6. While your chin is still tilted up, secure your ponytail by wrapping it with a hair bungee--this type of hair tie will keep the ponytail as tight as possible without creasing the hair.

7. Use Garnier Disorder wax spray to smooth any flyaways or baby hairs.

8. Wrap a strip of leather over the elastic and secure it.

February 25th, 2014  |  2 Comments   

A Moody Manicure How-To From Miss Pop and Essie

There are certain names that when we see them pop up on our FashionWeek schedules, we know instantly that we’ll be RSVP’ing for a chance to head backstage and see their work. One such name is that of nail artist Simcha Whitehill aka Miss PopShe creates some of the most fabulous, intricate, and trend-starting nails at Fashion Week and this season was no different. When we spotted her dark, gold-accented Essie manicure at the fairy-tale-inspired Alice and Olivia presentation we knew we had to get the details on how to re-create the look.

Get the look:

1. Apply Essie’s first base base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply two layers of Essie’s “Licorice”

3. To apply the gold dots, dip a nail dotting tool in Essie’s “Good As Gold” and carefully apply a medium-sized dot at the center tip of the nail and two smaller dots on each side

4. At the base of the nail, dip the dotting tool in Essie’s “Good As Gold” and apply a medium-sized dot at the center edge of the nail and five smaller dots surrounding it

5. Finish with Essie’s “Good to Go” Top Coat

Tip: If you don’t have a nail dotting tool, use the end of a bobby pin! For the smaller dots Miss Pop recommends using a toothpick

See more of Miss Pop’s amazing nail art here!

February 21st, 2014  |  4 Comments   

The Fashion Week Beauty Trends You’ll Be Wearing This Fall

Before you start throwing things, trust us, we’re not hoping to fast forward through summer just to talk about fall beauty trends (we’re freezing over here!) But, we’re ladies who like to plan ahead and we thought you might like that, too.

We hoofed it around NYC in multiple blizzards to uncover the biggest beauty trends coming your way when fall does roll around and these are the ones we think you’ll be excited to try. Plus, you’re totally going to be that girl who is way ahead of the trend curve.

 1. Berry-Stained Lips

Stila for Alice and Olivia

Bold, slightly glossy berry lips were everywhere (and we mean everywhere) at NYFW this year. In fact, it’s rare that we see such a pervasive trend. This lip has a decidedly purple, not pink or red, tint and is a beauty show stopper. Pair it with glowy foundation, lightly lined eyes, and just faintest tint of pink blush. Our favorite version of this lip was created by Sarah Lucero and Stila cosmetics for the Alice and Olivia presentation (photo above). Sarah first covered each model’s pout in Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery then slicked on a layer of Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Merlot to get that perfectly deep, saturated berry color.

2. Boyish Eyebrows

Bobbi Brown for Tibi

We’ve seen full brows on the runways for the last couple seasons but this fall’s version is brushed up, minimally filled-in, and more natural looking. This trend was also at every single show we attended including the Tibi presentation pictured above. To get the look, start growing those brows now! If yours are still looking sparse when the leaves change colors, fill them in with a brow gel or pencil like these from Bobbi Brown using quick, short strokes to mimic the look of hair. Avoid drawing them into a particular shape–natural is key for this look. Then, comb them up with a clean mascara wand and lightly apply a brow setting gel to keep them in place.

3. 90s Minimalist Hair and Ponytails

Garnier for Kate Spade

We’ve heard this look called a lot of things lately–post-gym hair, minimalist hair–we prefer to think of it as the lazy girl’s best friend. There were no beachy waves to be seen and very few wild updos. In fact the hair at fashion week this season played a decidedly supporting role in every look making way for flawless skin and the brows and lips we’ve mentioned. We did see some micro braids at Tibi and some very cool gold-dipped braids at Mara Hoffman but otherwise the models’ locks were straight or only lightly textured with a slightly sleek look. Another big hit was ponytails–high, low, sleek–you name it we saw it. Ponytails are big for fall. Our favorite was this high, sleek, uptown ponytail created by Tommy Bucket and Garnier for Kate Spade. Bucket’s key products to get the look were Garnier’s Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish which gave the model’s dry hair much-needed shine and moisture without weighing it down.

4. Flawless Skin

Maybelline for Mara Hoffman

If there’s one phrase we heard over and over at Fashion Week it was “flawless skin.” Of course after a week of heavy makeup and crazy schedules many of the models’ skin was far from flawless, so what did the makeup mavens mean when they said it? Well, they meant super hydrated, even-toned skin with a glow. More then one makeup team was mixing up concoctions of face cream and nourishing facial oils to prep each model’s skin before applying medium-coverage foundation. The uber-hydrated skin glowed with moisture while the foundation created an even canvas. To recreate the look, moisturize your skin right before you apply your makeup. Choose a medium coverage foundation–the Maybelline team at the Mara Hoffman show used Maybelline Fit Me Foundation–or one that you can build upon and skip any mattifying products. If you get super shiny, use a small powder brush apply finishing powder lightly to just the areas that shine.

5. Neutral Nails

Jin Soon for Tibi

This is a hard trend to define because we didn’t see just nude nails (though there were lots of those). It’s more about what we didn’t see and that was brights. Nude, pale shades were huge as were colors we’d consider wardrobe neutrals such as gold (seriously it goes with everything now), burgundy, gray, and taupe. We also noticed nail art was almost absent from the runways. In its place were subtle topcoats like the one in the photo above from Jin Soon Choi’s line, Jin Soon, for Tibi. Jin painted models’ nails with two coats of her “Nostalgia” polish and finished them with a layer of her “Polka White” top coat.

February 13th, 2014  |  1 Comment    

Backstage with Stila for Rebecca Minkoff

“Mod Maven” look for Rebecca Minkoff, by Stila’s Sarah Lucero

Get the look: Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer, In The Light palette, Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, Baked Cheek Duo in “Pink Glow”, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Amore”

This NYFW season, I covered more “no makeup makeup” looks than I can count. While they’re always very pretty and require much more makeup than you’d imagine, I always jumped for joy when there was more than a dewy glow on a model’s face. The “Mod Maven” look at Rebecca Minkoff, created by Sarah Lucero of Stila Cosmetics, was especially note-worthy due to the simplicity of the products and application. A simple, pinky neutral eye (no liner, just mascara) and matching cheeks, defined brow, and dark, matte lips lend a nod to the ease of 90s beauty, which paired perfectly with Rebecca Minkoff’s masculine-meets-feminine silhouettes. Something this easily recreated at home is likely to become a strong trend for Fall, and as Sarah states, “Oxblood is the new power pout.” A strong assertion for an equally strong statement lip.

September 17th, 2013  |  Comment   

Get the New York Fashion Week Look: Milly S/S ’14

Makeup artist, Romy Soleimani takes us through the effortlessly gorgeous look that she created for Milly by Michelle Smith’s spring/summer 2014 runway show.

March 14th, 2013  |  Comment   

How To: Romantic Knotted Chignon by Kérastase

We saw a lot of stunning hairstyles during this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC and among the most wearable (and chic) was the romantic knotted chignon created by Kerastase for Katie Ermilio’s presentation.

Lead stylist, Nina Dimachki, created a whimsical-yet-modern knotted chignon that we expect to see everywhere from the red carpet to the street this fall. The feminine style was created based on the designer’s love of Impressionist art and minimal styling with a romantic twist. To keep the look from being too severe and to give the style a modern twist, Dimachki infused plenty of volume at the crown of the head and worked in Kerastase’s Lotion Densitive GL to create a “down-comforter texture.”

Here’s how to achieve the style:

1. Create a center part in dry hair and gently tease around the crown of your head for volume and lift. Then, pull your hair back into a ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic.
2. Spray Kerastase’s Lotion Densitive GL onto the roots and rake your fingers through the hair to keep it from looking too severe, or coiffed.
3. Tie your ponytail into one or two knots, securing with hair pins as you go. Leave any flyaways loose to create a more romantic look.
4. Finish with Kerastase Double Force Hair Spray .

March 12th, 2013  |  3 Comments   

Bright Eyes at Karen Walker

Electric Lime at Karen Walker


Vibrant orange at Karen Walker


Each New York Fashion Week season, I head backstage before the shows to document the upcoming beauty trends. Last year, I came home with a memory card full of bare faced beauties – or seemingly bare faced, since the no makeup look often requires the most makeup. While a natural look can be absolutely gorgeous and accessible to just about anyone, I have to admit that I look forward to the more outlandish makeup – the ones that make me go “ooooh, I wonder if I can pull that off.” It’s a little more fun to experiment with, you know? This season, I had a myriad of bold looks to choose from, and the citrus-hued eyes at Karen Walker were a major standout. Paired with a completely neutral face (even the brows were bleached), the bright eyes were the complete focus: one color, no mascara, no dark liner – super clean and modern, with a dramatic wing. I haven’t tried it out just yet, but I made myself a short list of products that would do the trick, when I’m feeling daring (see below for products). As for the brow bleaching? I might leave that one to the models.

Row one: Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams in shades 23 and 10
Row two: Sugar Pill Pressed Eyeshadows in Acidberry and Flamepoint
Row three: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Wasabi, MAKE Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Poppy

February 14th, 2013  |  Comment   

Blue-Eyed Girls

Once upon a time blue eyeshadow and liner were cool. Then they weren’t. Judging from the leagues of models whose eyes were coated in the royal hue during New York Fall 2013 Fashion Week, it’s cool again. And for good reason—it’s one of the only shades on the color wheel that (depending on the blue you choose) flatters every skin tone. Need proof?

Seen at Thakoon:


Seen at Badgley Mischka:


Seen at Jason Wu:


February 11th, 2013  |  2 Comments   

A Metallic Moment

I can’t remember the last time I wore a gold or silver nail polish. Can you? For the last few seasons it’s been all about bright pink or stripes or studs and stickers. But, one of the new nail trends emerging at New York Fall 2013 Fashion Week stars metal-looking lacquer…and I like it. These metallics, however, come with a twist. Think: gold swirled with an ombre of blue, or nickel buffed out to faded perfection. Here are a few early faves to put on your must-try list.


#1 Rebecca MinkoffEssie in As Gold as it Gets, Penny Talk, Go Overboard, Blue Rhapsody, and Aruba Blue; applied in small dots, and swirled together with a thin paintbrush


#2 Costello Tagliapietra- Essie in Nothing Else Metals (a lavendar-blush metalic/silver)


#3 Nicole Miller- Butter London in Royal Navy with Wallis layered on top

*Check out all of the Fall 2013 beauty trends on our Tumblr page!*


February 5th, 2013  |  Comment   

4 Totally Wearable Spring Beauty Trends

The fashion elite are gearing up to show off their best Fall looks when Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off in New York this Thursday. Before we think about cozy jackets and autumnal colors let’s take a look at four beauty trends that we can actually wear right now. These looks debuted last Fall during the Spring previews and it’s just about time that we start showing them off. The groundhog didn’t see his shadow last weekend, so sunny days are right around the corner. Woo hoo! Check out our spring trend report in the video below and tell us, which of these trends are you interested in trying?


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