Ahead of the Trends: Backstage Beauty at Carolina Herrera!

Seconds after Venezuelan Carolina Herrera’s spring fashion show ended in New York City, her name was trending on twitter. Some of the tweets were snickering at the sight of the odd coupling of Nicki Minaj and Vogue editor Anna Wintour in the front row, some were about Renee Zellweger’s surprise appearance, but many (including ours) were focused on the elegant hairstyles—“young, fresh, and easy,” as Cuban hairstylist Orlando Pita described it—and the “really beautiful” makeup, as MAC makeup artist Diane Kendal explained.

Looking at this close-up of Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls, you can see what the fuss is about. Orlando applied Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream ($31.80) to damp hair, then blow-dried it smooth. He made a sharp middle part and scraped the hair into a low ponytail, pulling the ends only halfway through the elastic band to create a loop. Lastly, he wrapped the ends around the base of the ponytail and secured with a pin.

For Joan’s makeup, Diane focused on enhancing her best features. She swiped MAC greasepaint on the lids for a soft sheen, added a little eyeliner, and skipped mascara completely. Then—to create the most natural flush—Diane blended three blushes onto the cheeks (a bronze-y shade, and baby pink, and a poppy orange) and three lip colors, pressing each one into the lips with her fingers.

The result: Fresh, dewy, and youthful. In other words, the perfect springtime look.