Backstage Beauty How-Tos: Fresh From MIA Swim Week

We've seen the top looks and caught the most stellar fashion moments. But, let's admit it: Swim Week would just be a bunch of suits if it weren't for the talented hair and makeup wizards behind the scenes. In fact, some of the prettiest eye candy this year came in the form of shimmers, shadows, blushes, and bronzers.
Luckily, we got the inside info from the experts at Make Up For Ever on three must-try, late-summer looks: the dramatic, bronze goddess from Mara Hoffman, Dolores Cortes' punky cat-eye, and Cia Maritima's all-day glow. Master these stunning faces with easy how-tos straight from the pros. Turns out, you don't need to be a runway model to feel like one.
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Check out a trio of gorgeous makeup looks we snapped backstage — and try our easy beauty DIY.
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Dolores Cortés by Lottie for Make Up For Ever

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1. Prime the face with HD foundation. Highlight areas meant to glow (places that the sun will hit) with highlighter. Starting from the outside in — this allows you to control the straightness of your line — paint on black gel eyeliner with a brush in an upward angle.

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2. Blend the liner in with a Q-tip.

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3. To make the eyeliner look more modern and less retro, paint it onto the bottom of your eye from the outside in, extending it just past the corner of your eye. Keep your eyebrows light — not too heavy or it will make this look costume-y. For blondes, Lottie suggests using a taupe and always be sure to match your hair color.

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4. Finish your eyes with mascara, and for drama, add fake lashes. Lottie recommends waiting a few seconds after applying the glue so it is sticky, not wet.

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5. Make your lips pop with a bright pink hue. Fill in your lips with a lip pencil, then, paint on a cream lip color in a matching shade.

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7. Dust a light bronzer on your cheekbones and layer a peach blush over it. For lighter skin, do a soft peach, but you can go dustier if your skin is darker. Add a bit more highlighter for emphasis.

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The cat-eye with the bottom liner is flirty, but still totally modern. Keep skin bright and glowing.

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Mara Hoffman by James Vincent for Make Up For Ever.

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1. To achieve Mara’s look, sweep a light metallic copper or bronze shadow on your lids — darker shades like copper, matte black, or brown for darker skin, lighter golds or taupes if you're pale.

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2. Blend, blend, blend. Apply a darker eyeshadow over your lash line with a blending eyeshadow brush. While you should apply color on both top and bottom, the bottom should be much lighter than the top.

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3. The key to Hoffman’s look was a smokey lower lash line. Grab an eyeshadow pencil (waterproof if you want it to survive in the Miami heat), look straight ahead, and apply it to the bottom and top. Blend it out for a softer look.

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4. Blend in some metallic black eyeshadow over your lash line. Then, apply a metallic gold shadow to your inner eye with emphasis on the corners.

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5. Your eyes are taking center stage, so keep the rest of your face simple. Contour your cheekbones with bronzer. For your lips, moisturize and apply a neutral lip cream for a stained look.

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A smoky metallic eye was the perfect complement to Mara Hoffman's modern desert girl look. The runway was teeming with tribal prints and combat boots, and the makeup was bohemian but not overly soft.

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Cia Maritima by James Vincent for Make Up For Ever

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1. Apply a sheer, light foundation to even out skin tone but keep coverage light. For a glowing look, think "flush" instead of blush. James applied Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation to even out skin tone while keeping the coverage sheer. To give a glow that flushes through the skin, he used a pinker blush on the apples of the cheek, with a warmer color along the high point of the cheekbones.

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3. Make sure to add bronzer to any areas on the face that the sun would hit, to keep it looking "kissed."

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3. For a dramatic but still clean look, James kept the brows groomed and brushed with a cream color, and then used a spoolie brush to apply a warm beige eyeshadow, which added some overall warmth to the face. For lids, he applied a darker brown eyeliner and then added accents in pearly beige and taupe on the inner and outer parts of the eye. A bit of bright powder was applied in the center for a brighter vibe.

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4. For the lashes, James applied fake lashes, and then added a deep brown mascara for a youthful look. He applied Make Up For Ever's Lab Shine in a pink hue on the lips.

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The final look is both fresh and young, perfect for sultry Indian summer evenings.

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