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The Best of Backstage Beauty: New York Fashion Week

Pat McGrath, Gucci Westman, Orlando Pita and others share some of the looks they created for spring 2013

This past New York Fashion Week, chaos reigned backstage as usual. But none of the frenzy could be seen in the hair and makeup of the models sent down the runway—what dominated was an effortless, almost undone beauty that both highlighted and complemented the spring 2013 collections. 

From Americana at Derek Lam to modern medieval at Rodarte, every look was undeniably attainable. Clean faces with an androgynous feel, often paird with a thickly-lined eye or a natural-colored lip, were one major theme. Hair showed more variety: Depending on the show, it might be tousled, slicked back, adorned with tape along the part, secured with scores of bobby pins, or topped by Crayola-bright hair pieces. To get an up-close look at the best of backstage beauty from masters Guido, Orlando Pita, Gucci Westman, Pat McGrath and others and to read about their inspirations, click through the DuJour gallery.