NYFW Backstage Beauty: Vivienne Tam

As the Vivienne Tam beauty crew set to work on Sunday, there was a flourish of activity outside the tents. Paparazzi scrambled, bystanders gawked, and security guards barked orders as the rarely-under-the-radar Paris and Nicky Hilton left the DVF show. Such chaos made for a comparatively Zen-like state in the usually raucous backstage area.

The hair and makeup designs at Vivienne Tam were a perfect match for the chilled-out vibe. Skipping elaborate updos and tricky styling, the TRESemmé team, led by stylist Jeanie Syfu, left hair down and sprayed roots with dry shampoo for a matte effect (imagine that—avoiding shine!).

Makeup was equally laid back with bronzed and sculpted cheeks and eyelids, but no mascara or lipstick. While makeup traditionalists will tell you to either do a bold eye or a dramatic lip, the M.A.C artists, led by Maud Laceppe, seemed to eschew convention by doing neither. The result was an easygoing glow that didn’t clash with the prominent prints in Tam’s collection. Plus, skipping out on faux lashes and gobs of mascara? What could be more easygoing than that?

Product Rundown

For hair:

TRESemmé Platinum Strength Heat Spray applied to damp hair for protection

TRESemmé Thermal Creations Mousse for volume before blow out with a flat brush

TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray used to seal the look

TRESemmé Color Dry Shampoo sprayed on for a matte effect


For skin:

M.A.C Face and Body Foundation pressed into skin with fingers

M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer for even, flawless skin

M.A.C Powder Blush in “Taupe Shape” to contour hollows of cheeks

M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft and Gentle” used on cheeks, lip center, eyelids, collarbone, and breast plate to highlight

M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in “Groundwork” used on lids, brows, and pushed into bottom lashes

M.A.C Eye Shadow in “Rule” swept into eyelid crease and bottom lashes

M.A.C Set Powder in “Invisible” used over jawbone and high planes