We Got Our Makeup Done Backstage at New York Fashion Week

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At the New York Fashion Week J. Mendel SS16 show, we got the closest we'll ever get to runway model status by having our makeup done backstage.

Just hitting five-foot-two, any fantasies that I, the writer, might entertain of being a model will probably never materialize. It's fine - I've come to terms with the fact that the only brand that might dress me for the catwalk is Crewcuts.

That didn't stop me from asking Romy Soleimani, makeup artist and beauty director at large of Beauty.com, if she could spare a few minutes from her important job of leading the makeup application on all of J. Mendel's models to do my own. Graciously, she agreed.

Here's a photo of Romy in all her glory, surrounded by models:
Romy SoleimaniRomy gave me the same makeup the models got - a fresh-faced, glowy look to complement J. Mendel's feminine, gauzy confections.

Romy started with Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48, Beauty.com), used a liquid contour wand around the eyes. Then she did some magical highlighting work with The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in Candlelight ($52, Beauty.com) which she says has more of a satin glow, and Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Duo in Candlelight/Sculpting ($28, Beauty.com) - she says this adds a gleamy glow.

"There's a little bit of definition from the contour, but it's not like a heavy base," Romy says. "It's fresh and easy and natural."
She also didn't apply any blush or mascara, which is kind of crazy for me. I almost never leave the house without mascara because of my pale lashes (in my glamour shot below, you might notice I still have a little mascara on from when I did my own makeup that morning).

Here I am, with that healthy, oh-so natural glow. I bet you didn't expect it to be so simple and minimalistic. But the difference is in the details: My brows are naturally light in color, and Romy made them look defined without getting too severe. Also, the #flawless, golden skin tone really seems, as the products imply, like I'm being lit by candlelight.
This is the kind of look that I aspire to rock everyday, and Romy didn't spend more than five minutes dabbing makeup on my face - no labor-intensive cat eyes necessary!


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