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Forget blurred lines: at Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, it's been all about straight lines. In lieu of intricate nail art, designers have been sending models down the runway wearing simple, clean straight lines on the nails. Whether it's horizontal, vertical, or both (like the look from Tibi, pictured above), this look is easy to achieve at home. Just grab a nail art pen and draw. If you prefer a more precise line, however, painter's tape is perfect to use as a guide to form straight shapes. You can also try striping tape ($3), a thin adhesive strip that's easily cut to size.
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From sun-kissed cheeks to wet waves, the beauty team backstage at the Band of Outsiders Spring 2014 show was busy making the models look like they just stepped off the sands of Malibu. Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page warmed up the models' complexions with a matte bronzer on the cheeks and nose. He created a "reverse raccoon" eye with a beige Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($25) that was blended all over the eyes. The shade, dubbed Yuba, will be out in Spring 2014.
Didier Malige for René Furterer continued the beach theme with wet, textured hair that had a faux sideswept bang. He made sure not to use any heat tools and sprayed the models' hair with Fioravanti Detangling Spray ($26) to enhance each model's natural texture and provide a wet look. Lastly, the nails were painted with Butter London Cotton Buds ($15) and topped off with a matte top coat for an athletic finish.
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If you're looking for full-blown femininity, look no further than Thakoon's Spring 2014 show, where the beauty look focused on the ultimate Parisian-chic lady. Soft pink lips and bold brows defined the makeup look, curated by Diane Kendal for Nars. "It's really fresh, young, and beautiful," Kendal said. Curled lashes, bold brows, and luminous skin played up the pinks in the makeup look.
The hair was inspired by a bag in Thakoon's collection. "It's a bag that will go around the girls' neck," Odile Gilbert, lead stylist for Kérastase, said. While the top of the hair was voluminous and mussed, from the neck down, the hair was pin straight. There was even a tiny dent at the nape to mimic where the bag would sit, creating a very matte look for the overall style. Nails, by Morgan Taylor, were inspired by diamonds and pearls, with a shimmering pink being the cherry on top of this gorgeously girlie look.
Hervé Léger never skimps on sexy, and the beauty look for Spring 2014 wasn't any different. For the face, Val Garland for Sephora Pro used Marc Jacobs Omega Bronze Perfect Tan ($49) to create the perfect glow. For the hair, Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble created texturized waves behind a sleek, wet look at the hairline. Watch now, and join us behind the scenes before the models took the runway. And for more on Hérve Léger's look, see our entire gallery.
With hair inspired by '80s Harlem and makeup drawing colors from a beetle, the Kenneth Cole Spring 2014 beauty look touched on all the major trends we want to see come March. Makeup artist Romy Soleimani used gold, green, and teal shadows anchored in MAC Cosmetics Black Line ($16) to mirror the animal skins seen in the collection.
Kenneth requested tough-girl braids, which lead stylist Esther Langham for Beauty.com translated into two cornrows. The key to getting these plaits at home is sectioning and product. "Try and work very clean. Section the hair off, and clip one side away so it doesn't interfere while you're braiding. Take your time," she said. Try Alterna Caviar Amplifying Mousse ($24) to get the sleek style. To complete the look, models wore one of three neutral polishes by Priti NYC to match their skin tone.
The mood backstage at Tracy Reese Spring 2014 was filled with fun. The Latin music that filtered in from the runway sound check bolstered the Afro-Cuban beauty theme. Ouidad creative director Morgan Willhite embraced each model's natural hair texture to create a textured bun with tendrils flowing around the face.
For makeup, Mally Roncal used a smudging technique to give the eyeliner a slept-in look. The lip was high-gloss and even the brows had a touch of lip gloss for shine. But the element we always look forward to from the Tracy Reese show is the manicure. This season the windowpane nail art by Sally Hansen was inspired by the gingham and checkered prints of the collection. Lead manicurist Tracylee used Mojito, Carnivale, and Batbano Blue (colors releasing this March) as a base for the simple black design.
And as with all of Reese's other shows, no detail went unnoticed. For the finishing touch, Reese requested that models be swathed in temporary tattoos.
When James Pecis for Bumble and Bumble tells you that you can style your hair without a hairbrush, you listen. And backstage at Yigal Azrouël's Spring 2014 show, that's exactly what was happening. The ethereal, wispy chignons he was twisting backstage were created by raking the hair back with fingers and matting the hair down at the crown — no brush needed. "It's hard because we're trained to do perfection, and it's hard to break that habit, but I don't want to see any lines," Pecis said. "One of the girls looked too smooth, and it's better when you smash the hair together, so we had to fix her."
Lucia Pica for Kevyn Aucoin focused on the skin for the makeup look. After each model was prepped with a hyperbaric oxygen minifacial, courtesy of Intraceuticals, Pica got to work with the makeup: glossy eyes, luminous skin, and a matte nude lip. The nails were a new take on the French — a nude base with a thin black tip, covered with a matte top coat.
At Derek Lam Spring 2014, the bold colors of the collection didn't surface in the beauty look. The hair, makeup, and nails circulated around one concept: minimalism. Lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux used a soon-to-be-released antique gold cream shadow from Estée Lauder on the eyes as a base. Then he created three different looks using a midnight blue eyeliner. "You wake up, go to work, you're invited to an exhibition, and from there the night is yours," Pecheux explained. The trio of liner looks represents the stages of a woman's day.
Orlando Pita used the T3 BodyWaver ($149) to create a subtle curl before pulling hair back into a low ponytail. The models with turbans wore their hair down. To complete the look, Jin Soon Choi customized the "perfect beige" by layering a rosy nude, Nostalgia, ($18) with a sheer white called Tulle ($18).