Patrice Grell Yursik: Beauty Bella

By  August 10, 2013

As one of the most influential voices in the beauty biz, Afrobella’s Patrice Grell Yursik has made her way backstage at countless shows around the world. She has interviewed many of the industry’s top stylists to get their tips and tricks – from the manicures to the makeup, Yursik’s got it all covered. Here she shares some of her own.

Shows Per Season: Shows Per Season:

I try to make a few backstage appointments to check out the beauty behind the scenes – I cover makeup and nails – and I get out before the madness begins.

Cocktails Per Night:  Cocktails Per Night:

Of course that depends on the night! I try not to drink heavily until my last night of NYFW. Then I figure I've earned the right to celebrate and go out with a bang.

Strategy for Staying Energized: Strategy for Staying Energized:

I try to never be the last to stay at the party. I'm the one who is likely to leave early, to go back to my hotel room and call my husband, and try to get a few emails answered and a decent night's sleep before the next day.

Three Items That Are Always in Your Bag: Three Items That Are Always in Your Bag:

Oil blotting sheets, a mirrored compact, and my wallet.

Go-To Pose for Street-Style Photographers: Go-To Pose for Street-Style Photographers:

I never try to strike a fashion-girl pose. I smile and look into the camera and try to represent for the normal girls.

Caffeine Fix: Caffeine Fix:

I'm a chai-tea latte kind of girl!

Go-To Photo-Editing App: Go-To Photo-Editing App:

I use PhotoGrid the most often. I also love Phonto for adding text to my photos.

Secret to Staying Stylish on a Budget: Secret to Staying Stylish on a Budget:

Fashion Week can hurt your feelings a bit, when everyone's carrying a purse that's worth half your wardrobe. Just remember that you've got individual style – and that's priceless. Hold your head high and work the look with sick makeup and killer confidence.

Favorite Online Shopping Resources: Favorite Online Shopping Resources:

Most cool plus-size shopping is online to be honest, so I tend to shop online most of all. I go to ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, Simply Be, and all of the cool U.K.-based plus-size e-tailers first.