from the pros: 7 backstage beauty secrets

NYFW's best-kept tips

photo by erin yamagata

When we figure out a totally mind-blowing beauty trick, the last thing we want to do it keep it to ourselves. That's why this whole concept of beauty secrets is starting to feel really outdated—especially during NYFW. So, we made it our mission to find out the coolest, weirdest things the pros were doing backstage, when the heat is on and the pressure is wildly intense. Ahead, the most surprising, useful tips and tricks we picked up during the week. We've never heard anything like 'em before. (Also worth noting: This listicle focuses on techniques. For more product-based tips, check out our roundup of the best NYFW beauty how-tos).

PHOTO CREDIT: Erin Yamagata

For thicker lashes...
If you have naturally thin or sparse lashes, add a light dusting of translucent powder to them before you apply your mascara. This will give the mascara a little extra something to grip on to and allow you to build up the pigment. (As seen at Creatures of the Wind, using NARS)

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For the perfect bed-head...
To get that cool-girl messy, wavy texture, apply a salt spray just in the mid-shaft of your hair—not on the roots and not on the ends. Scrunch it with your fingers, and tousle it around. This will give you that bed-head vibe without too much volume, which would make it look overdone. (Spotted at Jason Wu, using Kérastase products) 

PHOTO CREDIT: Erin Yamagata

For a natural, chic eye makeup look...
Apply your foundation evenly all over your face—everywhere except your eyelids. Let the natural sheen of your eyelid skin be like your own custom eyeshadow color. It's flattering and subtle, and will make people wonder, "Is she or isn't she wearing eyeshadow?" Also, as your eyelids get greasy during the day, it'll just look like intentional eye gloss. (As seen at Creatures of the Wind, using NARS)

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For the perfect matte-pink lip...     
After applying powder blush to your cheeks, pat it over your lipstick. This will mattify the lip and also tie your whole look together. (Picked up at Tibi, using Bobbi Brown)

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To get your eyeshadow to stand out...
Apply it over eyeliner. It'll make bold colors even bolder. (As seen at Karen Walker, using Sephora Collection) 

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For the perfect wine-colored pout...
First, apply a matte-red lipstick. Then apply a magenta lip gloss over it. (Using Stila products, at Alice + Olivia)


For straight hair that still has bounce...
Instead of using a flat iron, blowdry using a Mason Pearson brush. This will straighten your hair while maintaining its body and motion. (Picked up at Yigal Azrouël, using Oribe)