Though the lights on Manhattan’s fall 2014 runways have been down since last week, we’re left with a lingering sense of intrigue cultivated backstage at some of the season’s strongest shows. From Rodarte’s nostalgic girly girls by NARS’ James Kaliardos to Jason Wu and Lancôme’s effortless power femmes, the collaborative creations by designer and hair and makeup artists were seamless and incredibly striking. At Prabal Gurung, MAC artist Diane Kendal used foundation and ruddy-colored cream blush to highlight and brighten, while Revlon’s Gucci Westman created thick black lines across the eyes at Rag & Bone.
At all of these shows, no matter how different each collection’s aesthetic was, simple tools were used to enhance and recreate even the subtlest looks. Sometimes, that’s the most fascinating part of Fashion Week: swiftly taking the bland and almost miraculously turning it into the bold. Using the chaos and curiosity of Fashion Week’s backstage as our scene, DuJour’s camera captured the raw process that occurs from prep chair to showtime. Click through the gallery above to see the transformations in action.