Behind the Scenes: Our Spring Fashion Shoot

We spill the hair and makeup secrets to make you look like you just stepped off the page.



I’ve hardly been able to contain my excitement for our annual Spring Fashion feature to hit mailboxes (look for the April issue on newsstands!). Inside: 12 pages of glorious, warm-weather wardrobe must-haves, exclusive style advice from our most trusted experts, and, of course, an eight-page spread of the season’s top trends, modeled by beauties Raylane and Gintare, which we had a ball shooting at ArtsWestchester’s building in downtown White Plains (make sure to read all about the shoot and location in the print story).

As any nosy beauty obsessive would, I jumped on the opportunity to observe, and grill, the hair and makeup team on all the on-set mastery. Stylist Omar Roth, co-founder of Salon O, described the look—disheveled, teased height; a faux-hawk/pony; etc.—as “unkempt chic,” messy with a Girl With the Dragon Tattoo current run through it.

Styling assistant Conor, meanwhile, convinced me to cut my mid-back-length up to the collarbone, and explained choosing his hairdryer for its minimal weight. On their dressing table: Kérastase products and both hot and Velcro medium-to-large rollers for creating volume at the crown.

Inspired by the punchier trends of the moment—athletic wear! pop art! global!—makeup artist Liz Olivier started with a neutral, fresh base, perfecting skin while maintaining a youthful, dewy surface.

Then came the “punch.” To play up a full, oversized-floral-print maxi skirt, she mixed a perfect orange-y coral lip that picked up the petals of the same shade. She’s also loving, she said, a bright purple pop as seen in fashion-y looks as of late, high-patent finishes, and monochrome palettes.

While MAC products dominated her spread, it was nice to see some drugstore-brand lipsticks (including several also-hot-now bright pinks) in the mix of her overflowing travel case.

Photos by Samantha Finch