75 Backstage Beauty Tips From The Fashion Week Pros

“Don’t be afraid to layer two nail polish colors to create an entirely unique shade. A good rule of thumb is to start off with an opaque layer and then add the sheerer color on top. If you do it the other way around the lighter color won’t peek through." —Julie Kandalec for Essie at the Fall 2014 Veronica Beard show.


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Every season during fashion week, beauty editors elbow their way through the backstage hair and makeup maze to get a sneak peek at the beauty looks—hours before the models head down the runway. Not only is it a great opportunity to pick the experts' brains about the inspiration behind the season's styles, but we get all the juicy details on their secret tricks and tips to creating the looks at home.

Here are our favorite ideas from the best hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists in the biz. Click through to see all the tricks that work on the runway—and in real life!

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