Adventures and Observations at NYFW Fall/Winter 2014

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Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of investigating the behind the scenes activity at some of the most recognizable AND my all time favorite names in the fashion and beauty industry at New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014. I really didn't see a lot of fashion on the runways this year. It was a big "aha" moment for me when I was more excited to spy Charlotte Tilbury (and her growing baby bump!) backstage at Sass & Bide than I was to check out the clothes. I felt like the Jane Goodall of beauty back there - observing all of the beautifying action - and picked up a few helpful tips and trends to take note of.

1. Drop the tweezers. Emphasis is still on full, bushy brows. Make Artist Diane Kendal for Lancôme created an "Effortless Chic" look for Jason Wu's FW14 show to balance out the strong silhouettes of the clothing. The result was clean and very wearable for everyday.

2. Good skin is in. At Jason Wu, Lancôme makeup artists were more busy prepping the skin for a flawless finish with a skin corrector and then contouring model's faces with a blush/bronzer combo palette. Remember my "how to get supermodel cheekbones" tutorial here? Just do the same with bronzer for the same effect! Try the Lancôme gorgeous Blush Subtil Rose Palette. And At Sass & Bide Charlotte Tilbury and her team meticulously blended until the perfect shade of foundation was created, then carefully applied with a foundation brush to ensure flawless coverage.

3. According to Makeup Artist Alice Lane, "if you are taking care of yourself with exercise, eating right, and sleep, you don't need all of this makeup!". Amen. #nomakeupmondays

4. Platinum, icy blonde headed models everywhere! I overheard one say she died it for a designers show, backstage at Jason Wu. Tempted. Very tempted.

5. Models used Skyn Iceland Eye Gels to perk up their pretty little faces, while getting their hair done at Charlotte Ronson and Erin Featherston. I tried them, they are MIRACLE WORKERS. To be launching in April, Skyn Iceland Face Gels. Can we say brilliant?!

6. Stock up on bobby pins. At Jason Wu, legendary hairstylist Odile Gilbert fastened messy french twist-like situations on the back of models heads. Looked very complicated. But I think the key was slicking back the hair in the front, and pinning small sections into the "birds best" one at a time. The ultimate, "business in the front, party in the back, hair style".

7. In going with the healthy skin, au natural trend, so was the hair. At Erin Featherston, Clairol color expert and close friend James Corbett and team, pre-prepped all of the models hair, and even Erin herself, with a gloss finish with Clairol Natural Instincts (really the closest hair coloring range that is "natural" and the least toxic).

8. BUT not all was lost for the girls who love their liners. Both Sass & Bide and Erin Featherston's makeup looks were very glean and youthful skin, but kickbacks to the 50's (Featherston's girls had petite cat eyes) and Punk (Charlotte Tilbury's smudgy glossy eye).

9. Pared back metal accessories were used at Charlotte Ronson (gold headbands) while Sass & Bide used big metal hair clips to fasten the wet twists.

10. Last, but certainly not least, Don't take yourself too seriously and be nice. Models Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and Adriana Lima were total goofballs backstage and were super friendly and sweet to everyone, even the photographers bum rushing them trying to get a good shot.

Some more pictures from my adventure below.