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Okay, we know — droning on and on about how New York Fashion Week is an arduous slog through a jungle of fabulousness is more than a tad disingenuous. After all, there are beautiful things to see, beautiful people to meet, and beautiful freebies and drinks practically everywhere you turn. It ain't a forced march through the Sahara, folks.
Nonetheless, it does put a lot of strain on your wardrobe and face at exactly the time when everyone around you is judging them. If you want to land the right impression — which, let's face it, is crucial in this biz — you've got to prep your closet and your skin for seven days of high-test use.
Ms. Sarah Howard, the fetching face and sharp eye behind Beauty Banter, knows this all too well. As captain of one of the web's more respected resources for makeup trends, tricks, and products, she has to hit the shows (and the many, many meetings around them) looking pitch-perfect. So, to help you look your best, whether you're getting ready for a week of catwalks or just a week of work, we asked for a peek into her NYFW prep. What we got was a cavalcade of on-point Emporio Armani picks; useful, stress-saving tips; and one great salon suggestion.
Click ahead for a beauty expert's advice on looking (and feeling) good for seven days of stress.
Hair and makeup by Ashleigh Ciucci