If you've ever coveted a makeup trend or hairstyle from the runway at fashion week but have never been able to pull it off as well at home, you're in luck. We've hung out backstage and witnessed many tricks of the trade from the hair and makeup teams. Here are a few out-of-the-box ideas that'll help you get those dramatic catwalk results.
If you ever watch a hairstylist start working on a model's hair backstage, you'll notice that one of the first things they do is apply a ton of product and work it through the hair, over and over. The reason for this? Hair that's freshly washed (which is how the models arrive backstage) is much too slippery and clean to do much styling to. Your hair needs some hold and tackiness so it can be styled just how the designer wants it.
If you can barely apply regular polish, there's no way you can do elaborate nail art or a 3-D manicure on your own hands. For runway shows, many of the particularly fashion-forward nail looks are completed on fake nails first, and then the fake nails are applied to their fingers. While this is very much because faux nails can be applied quickly (and removed immediately so the models can move on to their next runway show), it is easier to work on a stable object than on a real person's nails.
For an edgy-looking ombre lip, makeup artists apply eyeshadow to the centre of the pout. If you're looking for something more wearable, using a product such as Cover Girl Blast Flipstick (which features two shades) can achieve similar results.
Overemphasized, thick and even gloppy-looking lashes can be hard to acheive when mascaras are designed to keep lashes clump-free. Breaking a tube open (note: you'll have to ditch it after this use) so you can dip your wand more readily into the mascara will help you get more product onto the brush itself without it being partially cleaned off when you pull the wand out of the proper tube.
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