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Backstage beauty looks were our focus for New York Fashion week. Special correspondents Alexsandra Bailey and Bianca Marino spent time with artists from the Academy of Art University, who gave us graphic hair + a new way of playing with neutral.

Backstage Images by Bianca Marino

In the blink of an eye, New York Fashion Week has come and gone. Within a moment’s time, onlookers were able to get a glimpse of hair and makeup that sets the stage for a season.  As beauty trendspotters, we’re always scoping the latest and greatest, and what better way to spot beauty trends than backstage at New York Fashion Week?  Our special correspondents Alexsandra Bailey and Bianca Marino were on hand at the Academy of Art University Fashion Show for the inside scoop.

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Backstage at the Academy of Art University Fashion Show Photography by Bianca Marino

Alexsandra Bailey for Auvê Daily:  What is the concept behind the hair?

Hair Artist [from Spoke and Weal for Academy of Art University Fashion Show]:  It all about creating a look that’s really graphic, strong, bold and very aerodynamic.  It’s all about the part, those graphic lines and the geometry that exposes the neck.

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Backstage at the Academy of Art University Fashion Show Photography by Bianca Marino

What is the beauty inspiration behind the look?

Academy of Art University Makeup Artist:  We’re doing one look for all of the designers.  We wanted to create a neutral look that is congruent throughout all six of the designers.  If I were to sum it up, it’s almost a moody, tougher version of a 1990s supermodel look.  We’re playing with architecture and bone structure rather than going with a specific color.  We’re really celebrating and bringing out the bone structure of every model.

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Backstage at the Academy of Art University Fashion Show Photography by Bianca Marino

What products are you using?

We are creating our look using all M.A.C. products.  We’re using this M.A.C. blush called “Baby don’t go” to actually contour the cheekbones.   It’s great because it gives a little bit of color; I wouldn’t say it’s a bronzer, but it really sort of contours and sculpts the girls, but gives a little bit of color so they look healthy on the runway.  Think of a “tough” kind of beauty.  As far as the eye, we contoured the inner eye and the outer eye, but we left the center blank. That’s our modernized take on the supermodel eye.  Then we’re mixing “Hush” and Luna cream-color bases to play with the light on the skin.  So you have a sculpted cheekbone but a very glossy, highlighted cheekbone.  Also no brow, and we’re muting down the lips so they have a toned-down, fleshy lip.

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Backstage at the Academy of Art University Fashion Show Photography by Bianca Marino

How did you decide on this particular look?

We met with Simon [Ungless] from the Academy of Art. He gave me some inspirational photos, and he showed me the clothes.  Some of the clothing had a lot of color, and some had some very intricate fabric weaving.  We wanted to come up with something that suited all of that, so we thought that it would be best to stay in the neutral palette.

What did you do on the lash?

We did a little bit of mascara, just to pop the eye a little bit.  We used the M.A.C. Coffee eye pencil just to beautify the eye a little bit. It’s a bit of a smoldered, rough beauty, but again playing with architecture on the eye.  It’s a new way of playing with neutral.

A model walks the runway at the Academy of Art University fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2015 in New York City.  Image courtesy of Academy of Art University

A model walks the runway at the Academy of Art University fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2015 in New York City. Image courtesy of Academy of Art University