Beauty Highlights At New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Purple Eyes At Donna Karan And Cara Delevingne Plays Photographer 

11 September 2012 by

It's been an eventful day at New York Fashion Week with flyaway hair, Cara Delevingne messing around backstage at Marc Jacobs and the main focus beauty-wise being strong eyes. Here's our run down on what you need to know backstage from Team Beauty's Monday at NYFW…

1. First up, it's the Cara D show. Monday belonged to the loveable Cara Delevingne. After catching the Brit model backstage at Carolina Herrera, she told us she loved working on Anna Karenina and predicted that the costumes would win an Oscar Award because: "dude, the costumes were incredible". Cara then went on to Marc Jacobs where she joked around with the backstage photographers who were persistently asking for her picture, by turning the lens back on them, stealing their cameras and taking pictures.  "Now they know how it feels hahahaha," she tweeted, when Grazia Beauty tweeted our pic at her *giggles*.

2. Whilst there has been the odd piece of nail art here in NYFW, it seems SS13 is destined for another season of nude nails and after catching up with our favourite manicurist backstage at Donna Karan, we now know how to apply the perfect nude hue. "I've adapted the nude to each model's skin tone as its important to approach nude nails as you would foundation.  The key though is in the application as nude polish is notoriously streaky.  Apply your first coat followed by a matte base coat, this acts like a primer would if you were painting a wall, so that the second coat of nude can be applied in  thin, streak-less layer, rather than thick and untidy".  We'll be applying this handy tip in future - thanks Marian!

3.  Although the backstage area was packed, cramped and slightly manic, Marc Jacobs was, as ever, a beauty highlight.  Francois Nars explained "every women looks good in sixties inspired make-up, the double size of the eyes and lashes makes all women beautiful", and it was the Sixties that can claim the inspiration behind the make-up at Marc Jacobs.  The Edie Sedgwick look was made modern with big lashes that were not falsely enhanced, and brows darkened and powdered into a boxy, straight shape. Meanwhile in the hair camp, Guido created "up town girls who had been out to play in downtown", which is essentially a party girl but "a bit posh". Ooh la la.

4. The thrill of discovering a new product never ceases to excite us so when we spotted a collection of new NARS concealers backstage at Phillip Lim, we thought we should let you know about them. The bad news is the new Creamy Concealers aren't out until spring, but we promise that it pays to be patient!

5. Charlotte Tilbury's magenta eye at Donna Karan was a breath of bright fresh air as she painted lashes a purpley, pink hue and teamed them with square, strong thick liner.  "I feel that skin is pale for next season," Charlotte told us, "and there's a new direction of the season, and pink just felt new."  The makeup maestro used plenty of MAC's Process Magenta Chromaline Paint Pot to chunk up the top and bottom lashes. It did remind us of the incredible blue lashes that Charlotte created at Stella McCartney for AW12, which sparked a resurgence of blue mascara. The key to wearing coloured lashes? The chunkier, the better.               

For more backstage scoops from New York Fashion Week, stay tuned to Grazia Daily's Shows section and follow @GraziaBeauty on Twitter


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