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Fashion Week: Our Visit Backstage At Jonathan Simkhai Reveals Your New Go-To Beauty Look

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai -- Hannare Blaauboer -- Gucci Westman

Saturday, I went backstage at the show for Jonathan Simkhai‘s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection at Fashion Week for a chance to talk with famed makeup artist Gucci Westman and hair genius Nick Irwin about the looks they created for the show.

To compliment Simkhai’s clothing, Irwin went with a sleek hairdo that feels polished, not posed. According to Irwin, he looked to images of the 1960s mod trends for inspiration. Though the initial hair plans consisted of a more graphic look, he wound up opting for a clean style that complimented all the lines of the clothing. The super straight, low side-parting, slight cowlick in the front, and behind-the-shoulder bottom portion looked neat and wearable. As he said, the hair takes a “backseat” — for this show, nothing took away from the clothing.

Throughout Fashion Week, models often do 3, 4, even 5 shows per day — that’s a lot of hair and makeup changes. So, in order to keep their hair looking luxurious, Irwin used leave-in conditioner and CATWALK by TIGI Curlesque Lightweight Mousse, working it through with a paddle brush. For the glossy shine, he went over the models’ hair CATWALK by TIGI Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray. To set the look, hair was spritzed with CATWALK by TIGI Sleek Mystique Look-Lock Hair Spray.

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai

As you can see, whether short or long, Irwin’s style works beautifully and to the same effect. Oh, and as a side note, my phone decided to make this model look like a ghost the second she turned to me. Figures.

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai -- Nick Irwin

Nails were a pale cream color using Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel in Pink Cashmere, plus the Smoky Matte Top Coat to keep things from getting too glossy.

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai

Beauty-wise, Revlon Global Artistic Director Westman used earthy, neutral tones that are subtle enough to be wearable for an everyday look but dramatic enough to stand out under all the bright lights of the runway. It was important to keep the skin looking flawless while maintaining a dewy look. To achieve this, she used Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in a shade according to each model’s individual skin tone, then applied Revlon Powder Blush in Mauvelous and Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bronze to get a beautiful glow.

Eye-wise, Westman picked Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes, Photoready Kajal Liner in Emerald Empire at the inner corner of models’ eyes, Colorstay Eyeliner in Brown, Lash Potion Mascara in Black Black (which I reviewed here!) and ColorStay Shadowlinks in Chocolate. Though it’s on the “smoky” side, this look can absolutely be worn to work and afterward, making it perfect for one of those mythical “day-to-night” styles lazy people like me are always searching for.

Lips were kept subtle using ColorBurst Lip Butter in Invite Only and a bit of ColorStay Lip Liner in Nude.

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai -- Hannare Blaauboer

I watched her apply makeup to model Hannare Blaauboer.

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai -- Hannare Blaauboer -- Gucci Westman

The look put into practice.

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai -- Hannare Blaauboer

The coolest thing about this look? You can wear it today, tonight and tomorrow morning at 8 AM for work. Basically: it’s super flexible. It’ll go with a black top and skinny jeans for a date, with a bright sheath dress for a work event or just plain walking around on your day off. Considering how wild lots of the makeup is at NYFW, the wearable runway look is a rare breed.

From appearing dramatic…

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai

…To relaxed — all using the same products and techniques. (A smile presumably helps, as well!)

New York Fashion Week -- NYFW -- Jonathan SImkhai

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Photos: Myself, Getty Images.

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  • Ellen W.

    That dress is great! I like the make up too, but I’m really digging the ghost-girl dress.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Oh my god, me too. I think it’s so lovely!

    • Ellen W.

      I have great hopes Ann Taylor will have something very like it in the near future. It seems like their kind of look.