16 Hair And Makeup Shortcuts

We just got back from New York Fashion Week where we got major hair and makeup scoop while backstage at fashion shows including: Timo Weiland, Kaelen, Vena Cava, Derek Lam, Peter Som, United Bamboo, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Taylor, Carolina Herrera, Tadashi Shoji, Carmen Marc Valvo and Tracy Reese (to name a few). Phew, what a whirlwind. It’s tiring just writing it, but it was even more exhausting living it. Fashion week is truly a fashion and beauty marathon (we have plenty of blisters to prove it). 

Learn timesaving hair and makeup tips now. 

While backstage, we elbowed our way to the model’s hair and makeup chairs to pick the brains of the many talented makeup artists and hairstylists who know (and likely create) all the trends we all end up following. And they also know how to make models look fantastic in a pinch (even at 6:30 am) because they sometimes literally have to get ’em runway-ready in minutes (and no, we’re not exaggerating). And since we real women need to be out-the-house-ready in minutes too — like everyday — we got makeup artists: Napoleon Perdis, Tom Pecheux, Dick Page, Nadine Luke, Sarah Lucero, Luc Buchard, Mally Roncal and Romero Jennings; hairstylists Leonardo Manetti, Ted Gibson, Mara Roszak, Guido Paulo and Orlando Pita; and nail pros Jin Soon and Theresa Stanley to spill on their hair and makeup shortcuts. 

Thanks to them, you’ll learn timesaving beauty tips like: 

• how to cut down on flat ironing time 
• how to fix eyeliner mistakes quickly 
• how to create a wavy texture in minutes 
• how to make your nails presentable in a snap 
• how to easily define your eyes 
• how to create a perfect sleek hair style in a jiffy 
• how to snaz up your look quick with colored eyeliner 
• how to use bronzer to create a total makeup look 
• how to create an updo in no time 

Phew. See, told ya we were busy backstage. 


“My big philosophy is to do mascara first. If you do it first, even if you’re in a hurry, you can add a gloss and you’re done,” says makeup artist Napoleon Perdis who created the makeup look for the Kaelen show. If more time allows he recommends contouring cheeks with a two-toned blush (try Dior Diorblush, $40) that can also be worn on the eyes, and then “you’re done,” he says.


If you have straight hair and don’t have time to do a full blow dry, skip shampooing and instead spritz dry hair with a texturing or volumizing spray like Davines Defining Texturizing Styling Spray, $14.99. Then, blow out hair in large sections with a round brush to give it a pretty finish, without having to spend a ton of time getting it dry. — hairstylist Leonardo Manetti, backstage at the Timo Weiland show


Don’t have a lot of time to let your nails dry (join the club)? Then go for a shimmery or metallic shade like Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Laquer in Extravagant Pearl, $18. Shimmery hues offer better coverage in one coat, so you can do a base coat, one coat of color and a quick-dry topcoat and your nails will dry in a flash and look perfectly manicured. — Jin Soon, owner of the Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spas, backstage at the Derek Lam show


If you’re short on time, but want a perfectly smooth, sleek hairstyle, take larger sections of hair (normally smaller sections are preferred); apply smoothing lotion to each (try Ted Gibson Tame It Shine Lotion, $15.99) then smooth over the sections with your flat iron. The product will help create flatness in the hair and larger sections will make the process go much faster. — Ted Gibson, owner of the Ted Gibson Salons, backstage at the Vena Cava show


Eyeliner is one of the trickier makeup techniques to master, and if you attempt to apply it in a rush, you’re likely to mess it up. “My technique is, if I do an eyeliner and the eyeliner is not perfect, I like to grab Q-Tips and I smudge the eyeliner and it becomes a smudgy eye,” says makeup artist Tom Pecheux backstage at the Peter Som show. So if you’re in a pinch, don’t continue to try to perfect the liner, just rock a sultry effect.


If you don’t have a lot of time, but want to wear a casual, wavy texture, focus on curling just the top layer and front sections of your hair. Use a one to one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron, and spray each section with hairspray before you curl. Finish by scrunching your hair and spritzing it with dry shampoo (try Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $3.49) for a more lived-in finish. — hairstylist Mara Roszak at the Whitney Eve show


If time is of the essence, “cheeks and lips are the easiest things because you don’t have to fuss much with yourself,” says makeup artist Dick Page while backstage at the United Bamboo show. “And, of course, a cheek and lip can be the same color, so you can use the same product, like a lipstick (try Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in RD 603 (Red Triton), $25). “Just pat it into the cheek and apply it straight to the lip,” he says.


“Go with a messy knot if your hair isn’t in great shape. Just put a bit of product in it, like a thickening lotion (tryRedken Thickening Lotion 06, $17), then dry it quick and twist it up,” says Guido Paulo while backstage at the Alexander Wang show where he was creating a much more avant garde look (it required clay and white pigment) than the one pictured here, which was taken at the Tadashi Shoji show. To add a little glamour to a simple updo, try some hair accessories, or to pull things out of the way, throw on a headband, he adds.


To make your nails or hands look somewhat manicured in a flash, quickly detail your cuticles (push them back with a metal cuticle pusher) and use cuticle oil to massage around the cuticle. This will immediately help your nails look, um, polished, even if they’re sans polish. — Theresa Stanley, OPI guest artist, backstage at the Rebecca Taylor show


When you don’t have time to fuss with much makeup, line your upper inner rims with black or brown liner — this will quickly define your eyes — how? Well, when you blink, it will transfer to your lower inner rims, but won’t ever transfer outside of your eyes (where you don’t want your liner). So you’ll get subtle definition without fuss. — Nadine Luke, MAC senior artist, backstage at Timo Weiland


A sleek style, like a ponytail or bun, is easy to create in minutes. But controlling frizzies on a slick style isn’t always easy. To get a perfect finish every time, use “a boar bristle toothbrush from Whole Foods or any kind of natural foods store … you spray your brush with hairspray and then you start cleaning up all of your edges.” — Orlando Pita for Moroccanoil backstage at the Carolina Herrera show


If you want to change up your look quickly, the easiest way is to add color, but if you normally shy away from colorful hues, experiment by “invest[ing] in a really trustworthy pencil eyeliner in a fun color like amethyst or emerald … Line your top and bottom lash line and take a little tiny brush and blend it out, so that it looks like a diffused line, which also translates into a shadow. This will transition you into wearing color without having to commit to a whole palette of pastels,” says Sarah Lucero, Stila Pro Artist for Beauty.com backstage at the Whitney Eve show.


When you literally have 30 seconds to apply your makeup, bronzer should be your one key item. You can add color to your skin very quickly and easily with bronzing powder and even swipe it on your eyes to complete your look. — Luc Buchard, MAC senior artist backstage at the Tadashi Shoji show


Pulling your hair up is a great way to look chic in a flash, but the key to making it look polished and feminine is to “make sure it’s tight at the nape [of your neck] — regardless of what you do”. — Devin Toth, Ted Gibson lead stylist, backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo show


If she had to limit herself to applying one product for the sake of time, celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, while backstage at the Tracy Reese show says, “it would definitely be a black eyeliner. You can use it to line your upper lash line — in my case I would line my inner rims, and smudge it … [it’s] that one thing that makes you look like you took a minute when you didn’t.”


Follow these four speedy steps when you want to look great (even for a night out), but don’t have time to fuss: 

Step 1: Swipe on metallic shadow in a shade you like. 
Step 2: Apply mascara. 
Step 3: Pinch your cheeks. 
Step 4: Glide on lip gloss. 

— Romero Jennings, MAC senior artist backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo show



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