The Beauty Tips And Hacks We Learned Backstage At NYFW

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The pros tell all

If there's one thing about NYFW that we'll never get jaded about, it's getting the chance to go backstage before a show begins. It's arguably one of the most exciting—albeit hectic—moments of the day.

Not only do we get to experience firsthand the hustle and bustle before a show or presentation begins, but we also get to see entire looks come together through hair, makeup, and nails—and we learn how everything is created. And since those leading the beauty backstage are always the best in the game, they share the best tips and hacks behind all these looks.

Below, read all we learned from the beauty leads this season.

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How to create a lip stain using liquid lipstick
We may be shying away from the opaque liquid lip, but that doesn’t mean all of our liquid lipsticks have to go to waste! Backstage at Jonathan Simkhai with Maybelline, Grace Lee created the ultimate berry lip stain that’s—bonus!—super-long-lasting, using liquid lipstick. First, she prepped the lip with a lip balm, to not only moisturize the lips but also to allow for some slip with the pigment. Next, she painted a bit of the color onto the center of the lip, and used a large fluffy brush to buff out the color onto the full lip, creating a translucent wash of color. Sure, it won’t last as long with the balm underneath, but it’ll certainly hold up longer than your typical lip stain.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.