Beauty tips and tricks from backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- Backstage at New York Fashion Week is full of insights, including makeup and hair tips and tricks from stylists to the stars.

Before the Noon by Noor runway show Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, color expert Rebecca Isa of Cleveland-based Zoya nail polish dished about nail art tricks and what hues could be hot later this year. Zoya 160

For the show, Zoya nail technicians polished models' nails a deep red called Norra from the brand's collection. The base of the nail near the cuticle was left bare in the shape of a half moon (color and style pictured above and at right).

It's a subtle type of nail art, Ms. Isa said, and gives shorter nails an elongated look. Plus, achieving it isn't as difficult as you'd think.

Remember from school reinforcement rings used to help keep notebook paper from tearing out of binders? Cut those rings in half and place them at the base of each nail. Polish around the rings, and once they're removed, a perfect half-moon design is left behind.

The nail polish industry works a lot like apparel and accessories -- colors and trends fluctuate from season to season. Looking ahead to next fall, what's been on the runway so far this Fashion Week is evidence that beige, black and dark red could be back in a big way, Ms. Isa predicted, and perhaps a touch of pewter. 

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