Backstage Apprentice

Each season, beauty editors report on the latest trends straight from behind the scenes at Fashion Week. This time, MC's Erin Flaherty actually assisted the top make and hair pros.

erin flaherty
Each season, beauty editors report on the latest trends straight from behind the scenes at Fashion Week. This time, MC's Erin Flaherty actually assisted the top make and hair pros.
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Backstage Beauty
Flaherty trying to look like she belongs back there.
Greg Kessler
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

It's been ages since I was an assistant of any kind, so the most inane of tasks — fetching tea, for instance — seems daunting. My fears are justified when my brew is deemed substandard. Fail! Luckily, I can manage handing out drinking straws to the models after Page has made them up and created signature perfect pouts to prevent smudges. Hey, ya gotta start somewhere.

Makeup artist Page applying custom-blended lipstick.

Jason Lloyd-Evans
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Model with Page's makeup playbook.

Jason Lloyd-Evans
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Hair and makeup test shots.

Jason Lloyd-Evans
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

SHISEIDO Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BK 912, $25.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

SHISEIDO Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BE 204, $25.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

SHISEIDO The Skincare Multi-Energizing Cream, $44.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

A pot of lipstick hand-mixed by Page to get the perfect matte red shade.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS
Model Jasmine Tookes the way she looked when she walked in the door.
Jason Lloyd-Evans
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

"For red lips, start in the middle, using a brush, and carefully work your way out." — Dick Page

Jason Lloyd-Evans
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DICK PAGE FOR MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Model Jasmine Tookes on the actual runway.

Jason Lloyd-Evans
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM

Souleiman's first assistant, Pam, graciously shows me the ropes. The key to the side part's staying power is dampening the hair, meticulously brushing on gel, then drying it with a diffuser. And yes, all of this is way harder than it looks. I get relegated to the dryers.

Hairstylist Souleiman having fun backstage at Peter Som.

Greg Kessler
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM

TURBO POWER Twin Turbo 3800 Hairdryer,$230.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM

A mixing bowl is used to precisely paint on a thick gel hair product.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM
A serious hair-drying apparatus.
Greg Kessler
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM

WELLA PROFESSIONALSOcean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray, $16.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM
Model Liu Wen before.
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM

"The look reflects Peter's idea of a strong, beautiful, and minimal woman."— Eugene Souleiman

Greg Kessler
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN FOR PETER SOM
Model Liu Wen on the runway.
Greg Kessler
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GUIDO PALAU FOR RAG & BONE

Every great assistant knows that when the master is concentrating, silence is golden. I try to stay out of the way as I observe Palau coolly create a rock-and-roll kind of feel by twisting models' hair into sections, drying them, then deconstructing the twists by hand for messy, bed-head texture.

Palau with model Daria Strokous.

Greg Kessler
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GUIDO PALAU FOR RAG &BONE
Y.S. PARKLuster Wood Styler #501, $55.
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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GUIDO PALAU FOR RAG &BONE

REDKEN Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse, $16.

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GUIDO PALAU FOR RAG &BONE
Model Daria Strokous.
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GUIDO PALAU FOR RAG &BONE
Model Daria Strokous on the runway.
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CHARLOTTE WILLER FOR BCBGMAX AZRIA

Inspired by BCBG's geometric designs, makeup artist Willer decides to create a graphic eye look. Since I can barely draw a straight line, this feat seems tragically impossible. Willer's real assistant, Sonia, takes pity on me and shows me how to use a Q-tip to erase part of the liner to create the effect. Advanced!

Model Daga Ziober

Jason Lloyd-Evans
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CHARLOTTE WILLER FOR BCBGMAX AZRIA

Willer paints on eyeliner.

Jason Lloyd-Evans
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CHARLOTTE WILLER FOR BCBGMAX AZRIA

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, $10.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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CHARLOTTE WILLER FOR BCBGMAX AZRIA

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Dream Bouncy Blush in Coffee Cake, $8.

Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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CHARLOTTE WILLER FOR BCBGMAX AZRIA
MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Baby Lips Lip Color in Cherry Me, $4.
Richard Majchrzak/Studio D
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CHARLOTTE WILLER FOR BCBGMAX AZRIA

Model Daga Ziober

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