Alexander Wang Pre Fall 2020 Collection and Beauty Trends

Last week I was invited by Jin Soon to go backstage at the Alexander Wang Pre Fall 2020 Collection Runway Show to see what the beauty artists were up to when it came to hair, makeup and nails. As an ode to the pioneers of American sportswear, Alexander Wang took inspiration from iconic designers such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren for his 2020 Collection 1 runway show. With the collection broken down into four parts, the last part being Wang's future vision of American design, he also wanted four variated hairstyles to go with the looks. And that’s just hair. Continue reading to see full visual story of the behind the scenes in beauty along with some of my favorite looks from the show.


The first hairstyle was a very structured '70s silhouette, with two different types of braids. Some of the models had braids (which took up to six hours to create) with a center part. The hair was then saturated with handfuls of L'Oreal mousse to ease the pressure of the braids on the scalp, lock in style, and tame any fly-aways and baby hairs. "Alex wanted a very clean and graphic silhouette," says lead hair stylist Duffy backstage. "There's a Jet cover from 1973 with a [model with a] center part. When you look through documented trends in hair, some of the braid work was so intricate and well-executed. I wanted to celebrate that moment that was forgotten." For the second type of braid, the hair was extended into ponytails and then wrapped with leather to resemble a bull whip. My favorite hairstyle from the show. After waist-length extensions were added, models were given one, two, or three ponytails that were pulled tightly and held in place with Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray. They were then wrapped and braided with leather all the way down — a project that took as many as five stylists on a single model. The level of focus from the stylists were intense. Major dedication to this look.

The second group of models had their hair separated into three sections, straightened, and then finished off with loads of L'Oreal setting lotion. The aesthetic was, "graphic, hard, and shiny," according to Duffy, but Wang didn't want the hair to look too wet or plastic-y either. The third look was inspired by sumo wrestler hair. L'Oreal Extra Hold Gel was applied to the strands in order to achieve an iridescent, reflective sheen and the hair was then fanned out into ponytails. See in image above to the right.

The fourth look matched with the other three looks but consisted of more individuality. Wang “gang” girls, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber, Lexi Boling, Selena Forrest, and Binx Walton, all wore white for the show. To go with this look, they wanted sexy and minimalistic, as if the models just stepped out of water. This is definitely a look I go for during the summer time.


Lead by makeup artist Diane Kendal, the models were given a subdued look of luminous, glowing skin with a bit of cheek contouring using Nars' Endless Orgasm Palette and Orgasm Liquid Highlighter. Brows were filled in with a "boy-ish" charm to them and the Nars' Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint (insane packaging) was applied to both lips and the tops of the cheekbones for a 90s-inspired, dewy glow. That gloss/glass effect on the cheekbones and eyelids is definitely going to be making a comeback in the next few seasons. I have yet to try any of these products (too crazy to attempt to amidst the chaos backstage) but do use their Orgasm blush every day and it’s my go-to-product for fresh, subtle blushed cheeks. This look is perfect with slicked-back wet polished hair - I think because of the intricacy behind the hair along with the strong statement from Wang’s collection definitely were influenced by the minimal no-makeup-makeup look and it truly works because the makeup doesn’t need to distract from the clothes.


The nails were also minimalist, with Jin Soon Choi using four nude shades from her eponymous polish line: DulcetDemureNostalgia and Muse. "We tried to match a JINsoon nude shade to each model to complement their skin tone" explained Choi. Then, because the designer "wanted a cool, more modernized spin" to the neutral nails, she topped the polish with Jin Soon Matte Maker Topcoat, noting that, unlike many other matte-finish polish formulas, hers is "very satin-finished, not dry. This gives more of a cool, sportswear look," said Choi, “while celebrating each model's individuality without overpowering any of the looks they are sporting.” If I’m wearing a nude polish on my nails, it’s Nostalgia, but I’m dying to trying Dulcet for the fall!


Taking place at Rockefeller Center the show was the first ever held at the venue, and sectioned off to specific clientele along with a quite vulnerable position for public viewing (hey, he’s done it before). In homage to the Holy Trinity from the 90s - Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, Wang feature 4 different looks including his own future take on American sportswear. I loved the bold shouldered blazers inspired from Karan’s collections along with the crazy cool denim, a personal favorite and one that will be sold out in a heartbeat are those thigh-high slit denim skirts. (That' 90s light blue wash is MINE) Definite Klein vibes along with logo tees and even underwear as outerwear. Ralph Lauren-isms like flannel plaid, mile-long suede fringe, and wide-wale corduroy were also spotted on the runway. How good are those corduroy blazers though?! Another detail I spotted were neck ties being used as an accessory on a handbag. Not your typical piece, but I will definitely be re-interpreting this.




Top 10 Beauty Palettes of 2018

NYC Beauty Blogger

Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m all dressed up with no where to go! Ha ha! Kidding… I’m literally a hermit crab every year. Me and the hubby consider it amateur night (sorry, not sorry) and keep the tradition of staying in with a good movie, yummy food and a little bubbly to ring in the New Year. But for those that do indeed love going out on a night like tonight, I think you’ll appreciate this. In today’s beauty post, I’ve rounded up my ten top favorite beauty palettes of this year! From concealer, illuminators, eyeshadow and more, these palettes will give you a run for your money, and rightfully so! They’re in my top 10 for a reason, so why not stick around, click on that continue button and read more about these gems?! You never know… you may ring in the New Year with one of these!

NYC Beauty Blogger


Upgrade your party look with the Makeup Revolution Jewel Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Deluxe. This stunning selection features rich rose golds, pinks and coppers, alongside transition shades of tan and pink. This palette includes fourteen silky and richly pigmented matte, shimmer and glitter powder eyeshadows, plus six new formula shades in a slick, cream-powder hybrid that create an incredible foil-like finish.


  • Row 1: Sprung, Lusting, Storm, Tactic, Replay, Confident

  • Row 2: Still, Finesse, Dodge, Mind, Encounter, Date, Supreme

  • Row 3: DM, Baby Face, Sunday, To Die For, All Night, Chapter 1, Desire


A professional palette of four concealers and two corrector shades to match your skin tone, made for eight-hour wear. Enriched with antioxidants and suited for all skin types, the colors can be used individually or combined to match any skin tone. The emollient-based formula delivers medium-to-full buildable coverage in a natural finish. Helps to correct skin tone and conceal dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. By far, the best and most efficient concealer palette of the year!


A trio of unique gel-to-powder highlighters that complement all skin tones and deliver a radiant, sculpted glow. The Divine Goddess Luminizing Highlighter Palette was created in collaboration with Buxom's Global Creative Brand Ambassador, Shay Mitchell. This palette features three universally flattering shades for a flawless, lit-from-within glow. Dimensional pearls are suspended in a clear base that transforms from a cooling gel to a silky, featherweight powder. Only $32.

Fragrance free, oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalates-free.

Shades include:

  • Venus (shimmering champagne)

  • Luna (shimmering golden peach)

  • Athena (shimmering bronze)


Only at ULTA!

Sleek mattes. Sassy shimmers. Meet the Morphe 9N About Last Night Artistry Palette featuring 9 powerfully pigmented eyeshadows you need for a killer party (no matter how late the night goes). Each one of these crazy-creamy, beyond-blendable, hues will keep the night going on-and on.


  • Provocateur (matte almost apricot)

  • Showtime (matte toasted almond)

  • Make Out (matte brick)

  • Hot & Crowded (matte hot coral)

  • DJ (matte roasted coffee)

  • Top Shelf (deep golden-green shimmer)

  • Bottle Service (metallic golden yellow)

  • Skyline (mulberry shimmer)

  • Private Room (matte eggplant)


If you find yourself packing multiple kits for one look, Urban Decay's Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette is your globe-trotting go-to.

When it's time to grab your carry-on and dash off to the next big adventure, you'll want to pack light. Enter Born To Run, an all-in-one eyeshadow palette that has everything you need to create neutral looks, add in pops of color and play with brights, no matter where you're going. With 21 of-the-moment shades - from jewel tones and modern neutrals to more colorful shadows - you've got every possible eye look covered in one sleek kit. Made from UD's mind-blowing formula that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color and blendability, Born To Run's Eyeshadow shades hold tightly onto pigment that stays put.

Got a conference in Dallas where you need to look like a boss? Create subtle definition with creamy, light neutrals like Breakaway and Weekender en route (using the palette's full-size mirror, of course). Or, blend Baja, a burnt orange matte, into the lids and smudge Accelerate, a reddish copper metallic, into the crease for a sunset-hued smoky eye that mirrors the view on your road trip through the Mojave Desert. If you're dancing until daybreak in Prague, put a twist on the traditional cat-eye look and smudge Guilt Trip, a smoky purple shimmer, into the lash line to create an imperfect wing.

Can't decide which awe-inspiring shade to swipe on next? No matter which shades you try, UD designed them all to be universally flattering for any skin tone and any lifestyle. Whether you're a total road warrior, a weekend escapist or a staycationer - this one palette has everything you need when you're Born To Run.

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free.

Urban Decay is beauty with an edge.

  • Breakaway (warm ivory shimmer)

  • Stranded (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)

  • Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift)

  • Weekender (light neutral beige matte)

  • Still Shot (bright peach)

  • Riff (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)

  • Good As Gone (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)

  • Hell Ride (deep fuchsia matte)

  • Baja (burnt orange matte)

  • Accelerate (reddish copper metallic)

  • Guilt Trip (smoky purple shimmer)

  • Ignite (rose gold metallic)

  • Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer)

  • Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)

  • Wildheart (bright fuchsia)

  • Punk (red-brown matte)

  • Double Life (metallic rust)

  • Jet (black with deep shimmering purple shift)

  • Drift (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)

  • Radio (deep emerald satin)

  • Big Sky (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)


No trouble in this paradise! Escape your 9 to 5 & transport to the tropics with Tarte's sparkling set full of juicy, limited-edition shades for eyes & cheeks, plus mascara, eyeliner & lipstick to finish off your sweet new look. It's everything you need for a full look all encased in a vanity & bank account-friendly set!

Tarte is 100% cruelty-free.


  • Rum Runner (yellow gold shimmer)

  • Kauai (golden olive green shimmer)

  • Refill (champagne shimmer)

  • Wind Surf (matte tan)

  • Unwind (burgundy shimmer)

  • First Mate (rose gold shimmer)

  • Memories (matte neutral brown)

  • Hidden Gem (bronze shimmer)

  • Upgrade (matte warm brown)

  • Aloha (golden champagne shimmer)

  • Sunnies (deep emerald shimmer)

  • Checked Out (matte light mauve)

  • Nirvana (matte peach)

  • Poolside (golden pink shimmer)

  • Waterfallin' (matte deep brown)

  • Captain (light pink shimmer)

  • Resort (lilac shimmer)

  • Tropi-Cool (dark chocolate shimmer)

  • Hammock (pewter shimmer)

  • Carry On (golden turquoise shimmer)

  • Cave Dive (matte black)

  • Sarong (matte light brown)

  • Idyll (matte cream)

  • Sunshine (light bronze shimmer)

  • Beach Tote (copper shimmer)

  • Slaycation (rosy pink blush)

  • Island Hopping (soft pink blush)

  • Beach Bod (shimmer bronzer)

  • Bandeau (light champagne highlighter)

A $364 value!

Sweet Escape Collector's Set includes:

  • Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette with 25 exclusive, new shades (25 x 0.029 oz)

  • Amazonian Clay Blush (2 x 0.081 oz)

  • Bronzer (0.081 oz)

  • Highlighter (0.081 oz)

  • Deluxe Size Maneater Liquid Eyeliner (0.017 oz)

  • Deluxe Size Maneater Voluptuous Mascara (0.15 oz)

  • Deluxe Size Glide & Go Buttery Lipstick in Nauti Nude (0.04 oz)


Add seductive warmth with iconic matte and shimmer blushes sure to bring the passion. NARS Heartbreaker Blush Palette includes three lustworthy shades. Limitless intrigue. The packaging features a metallic red textured design on the compact for a special standout touch.

The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry's bestselling, most iconic shades for cheeks. NARS blush delivers healthy-looking color that enlivens the complexion and provides a natural-looking flush to flatter any skin tone. Iconic shades include a range of translucent, natural tones, each with a subtle pink undertone for a natural-looking blush to highlight the complexion. Silky, superfine micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure irresistibly soft, blendable application. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects, from ultra-sheer to powerful pops of color.

Spiked with color. Studded with style. Uncover your inner rebel with a covetable collection inspired by the iconic punk fashion of the 1970s. Stud your style with daring shimmer and shine; spike it with explicitly bold shades for a look that's authentic. Irreverent. Always relevant.

A $66 value!

Shades include:

  • Luster (sheer golden apricot)

  • Orgasm (peachy pink w/ golden shimmer)

  • Amour (matte rose pink)


Be A Light Face Palette helps create the appearance of an effortless, enhanced complexion, formulated with Sheer Glow Filter Powder in four finishes. Silky to the touch and with Light Diffusing Technology, the powder helps to visibly minimize the appearance of imperfections, and evens the look of skin tone to create a perfect veil for a natural-looking finish. With blendability, layering power, and sheer coverage, this palette lets you mix and match to find your best light. How do I use it: Four steps to a customized glow! Use Brighten Powder (left shade) all over the face to brighten and boost radiance. Use Blur Powder (right shade) all over the face to blur imperfections and even the complexion. Use Contour (bottom shade) to sculpt and define features. Use Blush (top shade) on cheekbones to add a pop of color and light. From BECCA


This is the wildest way yet to look better Naked...Urban Decay's Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette has a sexy vibe that's more tart than sweet. With 12 never-before-picked neutrals, this vamped-up cherry-hued palette is sure to bring out your sultriest, most tempting eye looks ever.

These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. Urban Decay is addicted to Bing - a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And they can't get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax.

Because serious staying power and shadow that doesn't flake or fade out on you are non-negotiables, each shade is made from our mind-blowing formula that gives its velvety texture, rich color and blendability.

Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush - ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other. Whether you're at the office, in between flights or getting ready at the apartment, Naked Cherry spices up everything from chill neutrals and sexy shimmers to super smoky eyes.

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free.


  • Hot Spot (ivory matte)

  • Caution (soft neutral beige matte)

  • Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)

  • Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)

  • Juicy (soft warm peach)

  • Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)

  • Ambitious (metallic rose copper)

  • Bing (deep mauve matte)

  • Devilish (reddish plum matte)

  • Young Love (metallic cranberry)

  • Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)

  • Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)


Only at ULTA!

Daydreaming of the perfect Christmas gift? Too Faced has got you covered with this Limited Edition Beauty Day Dreamer Makeup Collection that includes 16 eye shadows, 4 face products, a Dreamy Lips Lip Gloss, and an exclusive makeup bag to carry everything in! Give as one amazing gift or keep your favorites!

Too Faced is 100% cruelty-free.

Palette Shades:

  • Let it Snow (matte cream)

  • Star on Top (sparkling champagne)

  • Don't You Wish! (gilded orchid)

  • That's the Spirit! (pink silk)

  • Chill Pill (matte dusty rose)

  • Sleigh Girl, Sleigh (shimmering pink)

  • Sealed With a Wish (gilded brown)

  • Well Lit (shimmering golden copper)

  • You Wish (matte mauve taupe)

  • Naughty Navidad (pink champagne)

  • On the Rooftop (matte brown)

  • Resting Grinch Face (teal maroon shift)

  • Baby, It's Cold (iridescent light blue)

  • Twas The Night (metallic taupe)

  • I <3 Presents (blackened plum)

  • North Pole Dancer (gilded pink)

  • Snowshizzle (gold pearl highlighter)

  • Christmas Vacation (warm bronze highlighter)

  • Flurry Flush (shimmering golden peach blush)

  • Resting Wish Face (matte tea rose blush)

A $225 value!

Limited Edition Beauty Day Dreamer Makeup Collection includes:

  • Palette with 16 eye shadows and 4 face products (0.17 oz)

  • Dreamy Lips Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in shade Bunny Kisses (0.10 oz)

  • Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara (0.17 oz)

  • Exclusive Makeup Bag (1 ct)