This fashion week we got some really good makeup tips from some of the best artists, like Pat McGrath, James Kaliardos, and Diane Kendal. But it was harrowing! When you’re backstage during fashion week, it is, understandably, total chaos: close quarters between models, artists, and photographers; palpable stress; hot, loud blow-dryers, and us editors crammed in the space between, taking notes. When you pay close enough attention, though, it’s 100 percent worth it. Here are a few of the odd but genius makeup tricks we learned from the pros.
1. LONGER-LASTING EYESHADOW
To make the black smoky eye makeup deeper and longer-lasting at Tom Ford, makeup artist Pat McGrath covered the eyelids with a layer of black pencil eyeliner before dusting black eyeshadow on top.
2. LOSE THE EYEBROW BRUSH
Instead of filling in models’ brows with the classic firm angled eyeshadow brush, Diane Kendalused a tiny domed shadow brush on models, pressing on brow powder or powder shadow to fill in patches.
3. BUMP UP YOUR HIGHLIGHT
To make the highlighter on the cheekbones at Jason Wu more noticeable without making them look more metallic, makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver mixed lip balm with powder highlighter and dabbed it onto the skin for a more sheer, dewy glow.