As editors, we get to test a ton of products, but no one knows good makeup mileage like backstage staple Val Garland. Glam got to chat with the makeup maven during the BCBGMAXAZRIA and Hervé Léger hair and makeup tests on Wednesday. To kick off New York Fashion Week in primped perfection, Garland shared her beauty musts for editors, front row fixtures, and fashion fans to keep on hand at Lincoln Center should a street style photographer appear.
Eyelash Curler – While editors are burning the candle at both ends with early call times and late after parties, nothing makes peepers pop easier than a quick crimp from an eyelash curler to give you that bright eyed and bushy-tailed look.
Red Lipstick – Once you find the right shade, a red lipstick can transform your look. The vibrant hue is not only eye-catching but has the added benefit of making your teeth appear instantly whiter when you smile for the camera. Even the Man Repeller agrees!
Black Eyeliner – After shows it’s the after party. And whether you add a flick, a line, or a ring to your eyes, black eyeliner is the fastest way to shift your look from day to night, even if you’re just touching up in the back of a cab or on the subway.
Bronzer – The stress of keeping up with shows and the resulting lack of sleek can drain the color from your face. A swipe of bronzer on the cheeks can add a healthy glow to your complexion and revive your look throughout the hectic week.
Matte-Finish Foundation – “You’re going to need a foundation that’s going to take from 7:00 in the morning to 11:00 at night,” Garland explained. “On the catwalk, there tends to be a lot of dewy moist skin, but in real life, we want matte. Because we don’t want to be constantly powdering, we want something that goes on and stays put.”
Long-Lasting Mascara – “You don’t want a mascara that’s going to flake,” she noted. “You don’t want to look in the mirror and see that it’s fallen all the way down [your cheeks].”