Archive of ‘Backstage Beauty’ category

LBS Backstage Beauty: Lois London at Harlem’s Fashion Row



Harlem’s Fashion Row  celebrates designers and influencers of color, promoting their creative direction. We crept backstage for their Spring 2017 show and these are the trends and tips we spotted.


The beauty look for Lois London Spring 2017, which got a standing ovation at the show, was a warm, orange-brown matte smokey eye with full lashes, blended yet striking contour, and peachy-pink lips. The hair was bouncy, maintained with very little product but lots of shine, using all Motions Hair products. The makeup artists used Covergirl makeup to create this look.



Here are five steps to recreate the makeup look:

  • Step One: Start by lightly applying foundation and concealer, and start to bake using a yellow-toned loose powder under the eyes and on the chin. This creates light around the center of the face, and can stop your concealer from creasing all day.
  • Step Two: Starting with a neutral matte shadow from lid to brow bone, then move into the orange shadow, blending it all around the lid and concentrating it on the inner corners. Use a larger, fluffier blending brush (I find the older the better!) and keep packing on the pigment until you’re happy with it.
  • Step Three: Stick with a brown, neutral colored shadow on the lid and define the lashline with a darker shadow. The makeup artists used the last eyeshadow in the Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow palette, which is perfect for delicate definition.
  • Step Four: This eye is more of a halo smokey eye; the orange color is all around the border of the eye. Drag the orange shadow on the lower lashline, smudging from outer to inner corner. The Covergirl TruNaked Goldens palette would be perfect.
  • Step Five: The peachy-pink lip was achieved using one of the Covergirl Queen lipsticks, no liner and no gloss.


The hair look was achieved using the Active Moisture Leave-In Detangler lightly through the hair to boost shine and keep the hair light in texture, and Motions Smooth & Hold Edges at the roots to finish the look.

Join Me at #TextureOnTheRunway


Happy New York Fashion Week! As you guys know, I’m very committed to supporting and participating in only the shows and events that make me happy and proud to be part of during Fashion Week. Ever since reflecting on The Truth About NYFW I’ve shifted gears and I’m choosing to focus on shows and brands that really cater to women who look like me!

So it gives me great pleasure to be the Social Media Hostess for today’s Texture on the Runway fashion show presented by Naturally Curly with Exclusive Retailer Partner Target. Brands like Cantu, Design Essentials, Garnier, Creme of Nature and Dark and Lovely will be pulling together fierce textured hair looks and debuting them to an exclusive audience of the beauty industry’s top editors, celebs and influencers. It’s going to be a BLAST.

Read more about this amazing event below!

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Get Like Me: Manicurist Gina Edwards

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The beauty trends we lust over during NYFW don’t just appear out of thin air. Dedicated professionals work to inspire us to get the look.  Manicurist Gina Edwards is one of those professionals. Responsible for creating some of the fashion-forward nail trends seen on fall 2015 runways like Kalelen, and Erin Fetherston, Gina Edwards sets trends and inspires nail aficianados everywhere with her creations. Not only that, she creates editorial nail looks for Lady Gaga, Kendall Jenner, Cassie and more on the pages of some of our favorite publications. Edwards has managed to turn her positive attitude and immaculate performance into a remarkably rewarding career. We chatted with her about work life balance, personal style, and the importance of professionalism.

Name: Gina Edwards

Location: Long Island, NY

Personal Style: “Classic Style with a Glam Edge”

Favorite Designer(s): Lately I’ve been wearing Alexander Wang and Zara.

Must-Have Accessories: A good attitude, a smile and stamina.

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LBS Backstage Beauty: Tracy Reese Fall 2015


Before the Tracy Reese 2015 Fall show started at NYFW we headed backstage to get the scoop on the beauty trends that would be on the runway. Lead hair stylist Bok-­Hee described the beauty look as a “70’s African style mixed with futuristic elements”.


Want to try this look at home? Keep reading and we’ll show you how to get the backstage beauty Tracy Reese look  from the fall 2015 NYFW show!


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LBS Backstage Beauty: Mara Hoffman Fall 2015


Backstage before the Mara Hoffman Fall 2015 collection premiere, we caught up with CATWALK by TIGI US Creative Director Thomas Osborn who told us all about this super chic and fashion-forward undone braided crown look. The inspiration for this intergalactic warrior princess look was guided by Mara Hoffman’s Luke Skywalker-inspired Fall 2015 collection. What I loved about this look is that aside from the crown braid being really fun, there were parts of it that were undone and slightly messy, but still so beautiful.

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LBS Backstage Beauty: Kaelen Fall 2015

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Backstage at the Kaelen Fall 2015 show, the beauty look was a was inspired by Audrey Horne, the famous character from the TV series ” Twin Peaks”. Lead manicurist Gina Edwards for KISS Products, Inc. created a negative space chevron design in a warm mauve hue.


The look perfectly complements the collection and negative space nails are in full force for Fall, says Edwards.

Want the scoop on this look from backstage beauty at the Kaelen Fall 2015 show? Check out the lead manicurist’s simple guide below.

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LBS Backstage Beauty: Edwing D’angelo Spring 2015


The Edwing D’angelo Spring 2015 collection was one of our favorites when it came to backstage beauty during this NYFW. Inspired by the beautiful hairstyles of the Moroccan tribes of Africa, SoftSheen-Carson Senior Manager of Education Mezei Jefferson used the Optimum Alma Legend haircare line to re-create a modern version of these styles backstage at the Edwing D’Angelo Spring 2015 show.

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LBS Backstage Beauty: David Tlale Spring 2015


During NYFW, we got the inside scoop backstage as hair brand Motions™ sponsored the hair at the David Tlale Spring 2015 show. Designer David Tlale is a South African designer who explains that his Spring 2015 collection was all about “giving women back their power and equipping them with a strong and confident sense of allure, without losing their essence and femininity.”


One of our favorite celebrity stylists Ursula Stephen was lead hairstylist for the show and she crafted this amazing “modern meets old-school glamour” textured bob for the collection. Here’s what she had to say about the hair look:

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