The goal backstage at Tadashi Shoji's New York Fashion Week show Thursday was to make the models' hair and makeup look like they had been running through the Russian tundra.
Fitting, because we had all run (OK, some were escorted — I ran) through the arctic tundra that is Manhattan this time of year to get there.
Faces were kept natural and highlighted with a pearl-like powder, and eyes were lined with silver pencil. Lips were dark and "bitten."
Hair was pulled into a windswept side knot at the nape of the neck.
"It's that tousled, destructed type of look, but it's subtly elegant," says Elly Torres, national salon educator for Ulta. She used a powder for texture to avoid making the hair "too smooth or refined."
For those of us who don't have a team of stylists working on our drab winter locks, Torres' top piece of advice is to keep hair extra moisturized throughout the colder months.
"When it gets cold your hair can get very dry," she says. "Make sure to use a good moisturizing shampoo — Redken has a variety for every hair type."
She says the low twist the models wore is an easy option for off the runway as well.
"It's a really nice transition from the beachy waves everyone was seeing for the summer," she says. "It has this light airiness, but it's also tied back nicely."