Hair and Makeup Tips and Secrets I Learned Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week

I was lucky enough to spend a little time behind the scenes during this year’s Fashion Week in NYC. While I love the clothes, I found myself most interested by all the little behind the scenes hair and makeup tips that I observed and learned from the pros.

One of the things that I wasn’t all that surprised at (but honesty made me feel a lot better about myself) is that not all models have perfect skin. While I get pimples, blackheads and other minor skin problems from time to time, (and cover them well enough with makeup) most models appear to have the perfect complexion because they have a professional apply their makeup. So don’t feel bad next time you see a model with perfect looking skin.

I’ve always heard that cheap mascara is just as good as expensive designer mascara, and although I’ve tried both I can never make up my mind. After sneaking a peak at a few makeup artists backstage during Fashion Week I was very surprised to see quite a few of them using mascara from there local bohemian clothing stores – some of which I have used in the past. I will never again splurge on expensive mascara.

Another makeup no-no I’ve heard is to never use your fingers to apply your makeup. I know that makeup brushes make application easier and allow you to be more precise, and yes most of the makeup artists I observed at Fashion Week were using brushes, some however were using their fingers. For the most part they were using their fingers for lipsticks and cream blushes, but I’m sure they are useful for other makeup as well.

I also saw a lot of makeup used for purposes other than what it is meant for. Such as lipstick being applied as a cream eye shadow and a blush. You can come up with so many different looks without having to spend more money on makeup by simply playing around and being creative with what you already have on hand.

I had always assumed that to get the amazing hairstyles seen on the runways of Fashion Week that the top stylists used fancy expensive products. However I was very shocked to see that just like the mascara the stylists were using brands found at the drug store, which had sponsored the show. Not one of them felt the need to add any expensive products along with the drug store brand.

My whole experience at Fashion Week has made me realize that I really can take the looks from the runways and incorporate them into my own life, without breaking the bank.

Ring Stacking – The more the better

Never underestimate the importance of rings in any type of fashion. These little pieces of jewelry can instantly make or break your entire outfit. When you know how to wear your ring, you will unlock a whole new world of possibilities. So maybe it’s high time that you start stocking up on rings and add a little more fun to your everyday outfits. We have found the perfect boutique to buy bohemian jewelry so keep reading to find out where.Here are a few ideas on how you can wear them in order to nail the perfect look.  Here are a few ideas on how you can wear them in order to nail the perfect look.

  1. Minimalist look

If you are someone who doesn’t like stacking up a pile of jewelry over your outfits, go for simple rings in platinum or silver. This will keep your look very neat while also adding a classy touch.

  1. Tube rings

Tube rings come in different materials, colors and prints. These are for a fun and playful look rather than a dressy one. Tube rings are generally bulky and without any embellishments.

  1. Stacked rings

There is no hard and fast rule that you have to wear only one ring with an outfit. Instead, you can go bold and stack them up. Wearing a stack of rings with the same or similar design will make a strong statement and give the wearer a sense of sophistication without making the look too over the top.

  1. Combination of rings

You can also combine different themes that are in tune with your outfit. You could sport a ring or two on each finger. To avoid them from looking too cluttered up, wear them on just one hand while keeping the other one plain. Wearing a thin chain, layer a bracelet over the rings to add more elegance. However, when you are layering up, make sure that the jewelry pieces are not too chunky or the look will seem too bulky and forceful.

  1. Midi rings

Midi rings are the new trend that are taking everyone by the feet, literally. As long as you know how to wear them right, they can do wonders to your look. Metallic midi rings look better if they are without any embellishments. Keeping it simple is the key to mastering the look. You could also try out different ring arrangements with different nail colors to keep them from getting boring.

  1. Over accessorize

Sometimes, going off the hook may do the job for you. Going for a gypsy-inspired look with an extra dose of accessories will be like a breath of fresh air in the midst of spotless, standardized fashion.

  1. Rusty stackable rings

You can also go for rusty, stacked rings for a vintage look. This will make you look very laidback and outlandish. The rings don’t necessarily need to be rusty, you can also replace them with oxidized ones. These look good with boho chic outfits as well as ethnic looks.

  1. Sparkling rings

Sparkling rings can be worn over party dresses to add a little more glamor. For classy looks choose a band ring with a glittery finish. However if you are looking to create a fun and flirty look, you can also go for the ones with motifs and embellishments.

  1. Spiked rings

Spiked rings are not going to work with dainty looks that have laces and embroideries. This is more fitting for rugged and outlandish looks. So if you are wearing rugged jeans and ankle boots, play it up with a spiked ring. You could also wear spiked rings to add sophistication to the boho glam styles. Spikes make a very strong statement. They are always the best accessory if you want to cut the monotony of looking too dainty and delicate.