Our reporter soaks in the atmosphere backstage just before the show.
Few things can match the thrill of backstage access to an exciting young designer’s show at New York Fashion Week.
Black-clad fashion folk hurried to and fro the Industria Superstudio setting, located in the heart of Manhattan’s edgy Meatpacking District, as they ironed out last-minute details for Tanya Taylor’s SS15 show.
The oasis of calm amidst the backstage hustle and bustle was NARS international lead make-up artist Uzo, who held the fort in her corner while putting the finishing touches to a model’s look.
The fashion collection – heavy on orange and blue as well as black and white – was complemented by a striking look that highlighted clean, radiant skin, bold lips and an illuminated cheek.
“The Tanya Taylor look is healthy-looking skin, and we love a little bit of illumination around the eyes. But it’s also always something unexpected, and we always keep people on their toes. This season, it’s something different with the lips,” she explained.
The shockingly bright orange-red colour that graced every model’s pout was achieved with the Playa Dorado Velvet Lip Liner and Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil.
“To a certain extent, the satin lip pencil is almost glossy. But it’s a lipstick in a pencil, so for it to really stay on all day, we needed to use a traditional lip liner all over,” said Uzo.
“Always bring your best face forward. No matter your complexion or age, highly illuminated skin looks beautiful on everybody. The NARS multiples, blushes, illuminators, give a beautiful finish to your cheeks,” she added, citing the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser as a favourite for the formula’s skincare benefits.
Cheeks bloomed with a light tint of colour from the Copacabana Illuminator, while the Anguilla Matte Multiple went on those with light to medium complexions.
Flaws were covered up with the Radiant Creamy Concealer, while darker skins enjoyed the perfect pop of colour with the peachy Siam Matte Multiple.
Rather than draw inspiration from athletes, actresses and models, the make-up artist was intrigued by “real women in the real world”.
“I’ve travelled a lot, all over; Europe, Asia and the United States. I just love to see what women love and learn from them!” concluded Uzo.