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Makeup artists divulge model beauty secrets backstage at New York Fashion Week

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NEW YORK -- Behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, makeup artists and stylists have been working overtime to get models ready for their closeup. 

Yes, these makeup mavens are the keepers of the cosmetic secrets for how models maintain their camera-ready glow. Here are a few things we learned this week:

-A pucker that pops: Skip the fancy brushes and applicators. Backstage at the Salinas runway show, makeup artists perfected models' burgundy pouts with just their fingers. For best results, use the ring finger. Why? The ring finger typically is weaker than the others, meaning it provides just the right amount of pressure for dabbing on colors and blending.

-A twist on the classic French manicure: Here's a nail art trick seen backstage at Alice + Olivia that truly is D-I-Y.  Take French manicure strips (you know, those disposable stickers that serve as a guide for the traditional French manicure white tip) and apply them diagonally across the nail, starting from the base. Polish around the strip with the desired hue, and wait a couple of minutes to dry. Then, carefully remove the strips, and voila -- a cool, easy negative-space manicure.

-Just a touch of Vaseline: If opting for a bold lip, skip the eye shadow to prevent makeup from appearing too heavy. Instead, give eyes a little lift and sheen with a simple sweep of Vaseline across the lids.

-Perfecting the bold brow: The strong eyebrow trend doesn't appear to be going anywhere in 2016. Get it right by not going too heavy-handed with the eyebrow pencil. Look for one with a feathered tip (Stila Cosmetics has some options), and then fill in the brow by stroking upward stroke by stroke.

Photos: Above, a bold brow and burgundy pout, with just a sweep of Vaseline across the eyelids, seen backstage at Salinas. Below, a nail technician creates a negative-space manicure using French manicure strips applied across the nail and China Glaze nail polish. Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Designers play time travel at New York Fashion Week

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NEW YORK -- Everything old is new again, right? That might as well be the motto for fashion come fall.

At New York Fashion Week, underway through Thursday, plenty of designers are pulling inspiration from past decades for their upcoming collections.

Hot on the heels of a '70s style resurgence for fall 2015, some designers once again are channeling the groovy era. At the Alice + Olivia presentation, sets resembling New York City's downtown arts scene during that decade filled a large gallery space, complete with vintage LIFE magazines and newspapers, disco balls, oriental rugs and records. As for the fashions, there were fresh twists on patchwork dresses, high-waist flare pants, wide-brim hats and printed vests, maxi coats and pantsuits galore. Likewise, Diane von Furstenberg's fall collection was an homage to the time, with sexy slips, vivid prints and glitzy gowns worthy of the disco.

At Jeremy Scott, there were some nods to the '90s. In keeping with his signature playful style, pieces were wallpapered with popular cartoon characters from the decade, like Nickelodeon's Ren and Stimpy. Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger delivered nautical staples (peacoats, sailor pants, etc.) through a 1940s filter.

Photos: Alice + Olivia's '70s-inspired fall 2016 collection, presented Wednesday at New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Sq., SoHo. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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Fox Chapel twins go behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week

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NEW YORK -- Fashion is more than just a hobby for Kaitlyn and Arianna Costanzo, 21-year-old twins from Fox Chapel. It's a career goal and a passion.

They're both fashion bloggers (Kaitlyn's site is The Layered Lineup and Arianna's blog is Flawed Paradise). Plus, this past summer they interned for the Brooklyn-based jewelry band K/LLER Collection. They also study public relations and advertising at Point Park University.

But one of their biggest breaks to date is being tapped by the shopping website and app Polyvore to attend New York Fashion Week as community correspondents, who go behind the scenes and attend shows and report on them for the website's fashion followers.

Stylebook caught up with the twins as they headed to the Big Apple.

What was your reaction to being invited to New York Fashion Week?

Kaitlyn: It's always been a dream, so it's pretty exciting.

What do you hope to take away from the experience?

Arianna: We both just want to grow ourselves. Being in Pittsburgh, we don't have as many opportunities in the fashion industry.

Has being in Pittsburgh made it challenging for you to break into the fashion industry?

Kaitlyn: I think it's been a little difficult. I've always been slightly afraid to fully express myself fashion-wise. There definitely are some people in Pittsburgh who are fashionable. Some people look at you the wrong way if you're wearing something that's different other than a sports jersey.

So how would you describe your personal style?

Kaitlyn: Edgy, but calm and cool. I really look up to designer Saint Laurent.

Arianna: My biggest inspiration ever since I was young was Alexander McQueen.

Where's your favorite place to shop in Pittsburgh?

Kaitlyn and Arianna: Ross Park Mall

What's your fashion dream job?

Kaitlyn: I would love to either possibly be a stylist because I've always looked up to Rachel Zoe, or just be able to work under or in the company of a high-fashion brand.

Arianna: I agree. Or eventually having something of my own.

See more from Kaitlyn and Arianna on Polyvore at kaitlyncostanzo.polyvore.com and flawedparadise.polyvore.com. Read more about other Pittsburghers taking in part in New York Fashion Week HERE.

Photos: From left, Arianna and Kaitlyn Costanzo. Courtesy of Polyvore.

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NYFW: Shades of blue to be hot hues for Fall 2016, Pantone says

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NEW YORK -- In time for New York Fashion Week, color experts with Pantone have announced their picks for hot hues for Fall/Winter 2016.

Tranquil shades of blue are expected to dominate fashion and style later this year, along with grays, pinkish purples, red tones and spicy mustard yellows, according to Pantone. As in recent seasons, the latest color report is made up of several hues that are fluid from gender to gender.

Pantone’s top 10 color picks for fall are: Riverside (a new denim blue), Airy (a softer blue), Sharkskin gray, Aurora (a rich red), Warm Taupe, Dusty Cedar, Lush Meadow (a vibrant foliage-inspired green), Spicy Mustard, Potter’s Clay and Bodacious (soft grape).

Learn more at www.pantone.com.

RELATED MEDIA: Pantone picks Serenity, Rose Quartz as 2016 colors of the year

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Mark your calendars: Style Week Pittsburgh announces 2016 dates

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Style Week Pittsburgh will be back for its fourth year come summertime. 

From Aug. 18-21, the fashion-focused affair will roll out a series of runway shows, mixers and more for Pittsburgh style enthusiasts to enjoy. Another highlight of the week will be the annual Style Awards, which recognizes some of the city's arts and style influencers.

Wadria Taylor started Style Week Pittsburgh in 2013 as a way to spotlight some of Pittsburgh's hidden style gems and to give members of the local fashion community a platform for networking and collaborating.

Learn more at styleweekpittsburgh.com.

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