Fall inspiration: 10 beauty lessons we learned backstage at Fashion Week

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Fall inspiration: 10 beauty lessons we learned backstage at Fashion Week
At the Tibi show, here, celeb manicurist Jin Soon Choi painted a matte topcoat onto jewel-toned nails. The look needed to last only a few minutes for the show, but in real life that matte topcoat gets you at least a few extra days of polish, Choi says. Try Jin Soon Matte Maker ($18, sephora.com) or Essie Matte About You ($10, essie.com).
Those drugstore towelettes, long a backstage staple for removing makeup, can also be used to apply it in a pretty, washed effect. Makeup pro Pat McGrath created the red-tinged lips at Prada, shown here, by putting on lipstick, then blotting with a wipe. We like Olay Clean & Mild Make-Up Remover Cloths, ($5, walgreens.com).
At Narciso Rodriguez, here, stylist Paul Hanlon fluffed up models' hair with a volumizing spray for a slept-in, tousled effect. Try Fekkai Perfectly Luscious Curls Wave Activating Spray ($25,folica.com).
At Alexander Wang, makeup artist Diane Kendal taught us that a toothbrush—in her case, a Swissco Tortoise Toothbrush Hard ($5, swisscollc.com)—works great as a brow tamer; it doesn't scratch skin like traditional brow brushes. Spritz hairspray on the brush first (not near your eye, please!) to keep hairs in place. We like John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray, ($7, drugstore.com).
We're crazy about Jason Wu's update on the classic eye look. Get the smoldering, indigo hue by first lining the eyes with a lavender on a purple shadow. Try Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick in Flare ($9, drugstore.com) and Lancôme Color Design Infinite 24H Eye Shadow in Vibrant Violet ($25, lancome.com)
We loved this messy-sexy updo by Orlando Pita at Philosophy by Natelie Ratabesi. Just do a low, centered fishtail, coil it into a spiral, and secure with pins.
Make a headband (of sorts) with your own hair, like the polished style at Theyskens' Theory. French hair goddess Odile Gilbert applied serum, sectioned off the front with a comb, and secured it with an elastic under the back half of the hair. Try Kérastase Fibre Architecte serum ($42, kerastase-usa.com) or Conair Hair Lifting Comb ($4, walgreens.com).
Really, it is—see the glamorous seventies lids at Gucci for proof. The key: lots of mascara (without it, you'll look sick). Try CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara ($7.50, target.com) and MAC Eye Shadow in Passionate ($15, bloomingdales.com).
Clip-in bang are everywhere. To make them look real, says Wella stylist Eugene Souleiman, take the hairpiece to a salon to get it dyed and cut to your face shape. Try Hairdo by HairUWear Clip-In Bangs ($29, ulta.com).
Nineties chocolaty brown lipstick feels fresh with a layer of red underneath. Case in point, the mouths at 3.1 Phillip Lim. A good combo: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Ultra ($32,saks.com) and Nars Lipliner Pencil in Kenya ($22,lordandtaylor.com).
The girls in the Beauty Department went to Fashion Week and came back with these 10 unexpected-and flattering!-pro tips for your hair, makeup and nails. Dig in!

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