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A special Fashion Week message from Kelly Bensimon

Catherine Conelly is a graduate from Arizona State where she earned a degree in creative writing and now works as Senior Editor at SheKnows. She helps oversee the beauty, love and health family of sites. Follow her on Twitter to keep up ...

Kelly sent us a video!

As Ulta's Fashion Week ambassador, Kelly Bensimon sat front row at Fashion Week and also got to hang backstage to scope out some model behavior beauty tips. While waiting for Whitney Eve to start, SheKnows had a fashion chat with Kelly and she even sent us a special message before we caught up with her backstage.
Kelly Bensimon

SheKnows: What do you think are the top beauty trends for spring 2013?

Kelly brand picks: Urban Decay, Too Faced, Benefit. Watch all of Kelly and Ulta's backstage Fashion Week videos on their YouTube channel!

Kelly: Mascara, colored eyeliner, blush tones in makeup, soft green, pale mauve, soft gray for nails or nail graffiti. Some of my favorite makeup trends have been the bright blues like Song from Zoya. It's the new red. I am also obsessed with Maybelline Baby Lips which makes your lips kissable, and with the palettes of Too Faced. Lastly, your smoky eye becomes even more alluring with the naked 2palette by Urban Decay.

Carlos Miele -- NY Fashion Week -- 2012 -- Spring/SummerSheKnows: What trends and designers stood out to you last week?

Kelly: The biggest trend for S/S13 is the colorway. There are a lot of blush tones in the clothes for spring '13. Femininity is definitely a strong trend, as is the ultimate American old guard girl look.

SheKnows: What do you think of all the fun prints we’re seeing?

Kelly: We've seen a lot of prints. When I was at Carlos Miele (left), it was a jungle sensation which was so much fun. Whitney Port [also] has fun with prints and it's definitely exciting to see that playfulness for spring.

Go backstage with Whitney Port >>

SheKnows: What were your top three favorite shows?

Kelly: I call it the Kelly season because it's everything I love! I loved Jill Stuart and I wear a lot of her clothes. I loved the pale palette and longer skirts. I was honestly the most surprised by Dennis Basso's uber glamorous gowns, especially in cobalt blue.

Mascara pick: Benefit's They're Real. Kelly says, "It's my all-time favorite mascara. It makes your eyes look like Bambi and everyone is like 'who's that girl?'"

They're Real mascaraSheKnows: What trends are you most excited to try?

Kelly: I'm really excited to try the softer eye. As you can see from the pictures of me this week, there's been a lot of smoky eye, but I'm kind of excited to let the smoky eye have a little breather and hibernate for a while.

Watch Kelly's full message from backstage

More Fashion Week reports

Nina Garcia recaps her favorite trends from front row
OPI hits the catwalk at Fashion Week
Street style spotted at New York Fashion Week

Photo credit: Ai-Wire/WENN.com (top), B. Dowling/WENN.com (bottom)
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