Backstage Beauty: 6 Spring Trends To Try Now

September 15, 2010 by jillweiskopf
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Though New York Fashion Week Spring 2011 still has another day to go, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite makeup and hair looks from the runways. And trust us, you’ll be all over these trends once the temperature warms up again–if not earlier.


One of our favorite hairstyles was this updo from the Vena Cava show. Inspired by the ’70s Halston girl, hairstylist Ted Gibson created a textured ballerina bun and then crowned hair with a headband that was actually a scarf twisted around the models’ heads. The effect? An effortlessly chic look equal parts vintage and modern.

Create your own version of this style in minutes with by setting a bun in place with the help of Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray ($19.95) and adding a Topshop Velvet Bow Turban ($20).

Derek Lam S/S 2011

Enviably sleek, straight hair–parted down the middle– drifted down the catwalk at several shows, like Derek Lam and Tracy Reese, and suddenly beachy waves seemed so 2010.

Frederic Fekkai Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening BalmStraighten up and get Frederic Fekkai Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm ($25). Apply it to hair to make even wavy locks silky straight, even as it air dries. No flatiron required.


Venexiana S/S 2011 Backstage

Some of the spring runways saw the more typical (but still pretty) parade of pastel shades and bare skin, such as at Vivienne Tam and Donna Karan. But we fell for the collections that didn’t shy from color, like the wild eyes and shiny pink lips at Venexiana, where makeup artist Napoleon Perdis was inspired by glamour of Venetian courtesans. Perdis told us that spring will be all about satin skin, big lashes, and smokey lids with a metallic edge. Sign us up!

Get this spring evening look by dusting lined lids with Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust #1 ($20), which lends a gold sheen that can be worn alone, or layered over another color to give it a metallic effect. Then, plump your lashes with a healthy dose of Mesmer-Eyes Mascara ($25).

Perdis capped models’ lips with pinks at both the Venexiana and Elise Overland shows, and you can get a similar look with NP Set Lipstick in Minneapolis Cream Pink ($15), a blush shade that screams spring and is office-appropriate to boot.

Marc Jacobs S/S 2011

We also loved the bold cherry lips that some of the models sported at Marc Jacobs. In fact, for us they almost stole the show. Maybe now we won’t have to get rid of those crimson lipsticks we bought for fall, after all…

Urban Decay Lipstick in Revolution ($22) will get you that very-red look, and can be blotted on for a more stained effect. The best part, though, might just be the attention-getting tube.  Finish off with a little bit (or a lot) of black liner– we like L’Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner ($13)–and you’ll look like you just stepped off the runways.


Yoana Baraschi S/S 2011

It looks like bright reds will be back next spring, but for a fresh new way to wear the shade, we found inspiration at the Yoana Baraschi show. Models wore pale nails on their hands that contrasted with darker colors on feet– our favorite look featured sheer socks over bright red toes, with an effect simultaneously innocent and sexy.

Get the look with Dashing Diva’s New York Slice ($8), a universally flattering red that will look as good on toes and it will on hands. And if you’re bold enough to try it under sheer socks, we recommend Urban Outfitters’ too-cute UO Pointelle Sock ($8).

Charlotte Ronson S/S 2011 Backstage

At Charlotte Ronson, we swooned over the simple, sheer beige that models sported on both their hands and feet- a minimalist take on the season.

Pick up OPI’s always-classic Samoan Sand ($8), the same color that the models at Charlotte Ronson wore. And forget touch-ups, with a sheer color like this, you’ll never have to worry about chipping. Happy spring, ladies.

Want more beauty? Check out our guides to the best mascara, best skin care products, and the best dry hair repair.

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