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The Craziest Beauty Moments of New York Fashion Week Fall 2015

We can’t cover Fashion Week without talking about the good and the just plain crazy beauty looks that hit the catwalk. Sometimes over-the-top makeup or outrageous nail art is a must in order to complement an eccentric collection — and we commend the artists and designers for making a statement. From pantyhose head pieces to hardware-pierced nails, here are a handful of crazy beauty looks seen on the Fall 2015 runways during New York Fashion Week.

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Great Gatsby-Inspired Beauty at Marchesa

Marchesa’s Fall 2015 show took place at The St. Regis hotel in New York City, which is pretty much as luxe as it gets. The venue could not have been more perfect for The Great Gatsby-inspired hair and makeup looks created backstage by Antonio Corral Calero for Moroccanoil and Gucci Westman for Revlon. While Calero was primping supermodel Karolina Kurkova, one of the stylists on the team explained, “The look is inspired by the 1920s and 30s and is very glamorous. We did a faux bob, which was done by creating waves using a 3/4-inch curling iron and then tucking it under at the nape of the neck with bobby pins.” Models’ hair was parted to the side and the complementary makeup pulled together the vintage look perfectly. “I’m layering cream shadows with powder shadows to get a saturated, metallic color. And right before they go out, I’m putting a little gloss over that, so that it looks greasy and lived in,” explains Westman about the bold eye makeup. “It’s definitely a look. With this collection you need a whole look, otherwise it’s like walking outside without pants on,” she says. Westman gave models an equally statement-making lip using a chocolate-colored liner under Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Black Cherry.

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The Beauty Look at Zac Posen Was Pure Elegance and Glamour

Makeup pro Kabuki for MAC Cosmetics was the mastermind behind the gorgeous face at Zac Posen’s Fall 2015 show. The artist is known for his meticulous attention to detail, so getting to talk all things makeup in the midst of a hectic backstage area (in Grand Central Station, no less) was a treat. “A lot of attention was paid when contouring the skin in a nude, perfected way: nuding out lips, filling in brows, and emphasizing bone structure,” he explained as he carefully highlighted Daiane Conterato’s cheekbones. After a contouring session, it was all about eyes. “The highlight of the look is the metallic eyeliner which gives it a ping of glamour. When you don’t overdo it, the metallic color can be really beautiful and elegant when the light dances off of it,” he expressed. After testing out a handful of metallic colors with the runway lights, the makeup master settled on copper, silver and gold shades to use on models, based on skin tone. “Zac always works with a diverse group of models, which is great, and it was about making sure the eyeliner was consistent throughout.” For hair, Odile Gilbert for Moroccanoil created a red carpet-worthy style. “It was all about glamour, so we did waves using a curling iron and then brushed them out for movement, but kept hair at the top flat,” she explained. Hair was parted to the side for a refined look and was tucked behind the ears. The sleekness and high-shine finish made the cascading waves look completely effortless.