August 30 2014

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Backstage At BCBG, Humidity Not An Issue


Before the weather gods decided to smile down on the isle of Manhattan—at least for a few hours—day one of New York fashion week started out a soggy, muggy mess. And while we struggled to keep our ever-growing frizz problem under control backstage at BCBG Max Azria, Bumble and Bumble hairstylist Neil Moodie was relishing in the wet conditions. “My inspiration was Barbara Bach in the James Bond movie [The Spy Who Loved Me] when she comes out of the water and brushes her hair back,” Moodie said, fashioning sleek coifs to accommodate the collection’s “1920′s with a bit of sporty athleticism” vibe (not necessarily the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Lee). Coating models’ strands in Bb Thickening Hairspray, Moodie used a wide-tooth comb to disperse its Gel in sections “so it looks like [the girls] used their own hands.” To give the illusion that the hair had just started to dry in the sun, Moodie rough-dried ends and used a large barrel curling iron to create piece-y waves. A mist of Bb Shine Spray right before models walked out onto the runway provided a dewy effect.

Dewiness also happened to be the key to Maybelline global makeup artist Charlotte Willer’s application. “She’s a girl who’s been out running, then comes home, takes a shower, and gets out looking amazing,” Willer explained. To keep skin radiant and moist, Willer turned to Maybelline’s Fit Me foundation—”it’s like a second skin,” she said—and applied varying deep rose shades of its powder blush for a natural flush. As a finishing touch, she swiped Maybelline’s new Baby Lips clear balm across lids and onto mouths for a dose of hydration. Simple as it all seemed, Willer was eager to issue an important proviso for at-home duplication: When applying foundation and blush, “Don’t forget the neck.”

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