In theory, Fashion Week is supposed to show the world what we’ll all be wearing in the coming season. And while most of the runway fashions are waaaaay out of our budget, the hair and makeup is something anyone can get.
But (and this is a big but), is runway hair and makeup something you’d actually want to wear in real life? That’s what we decided to find out. For this Beauty Riot dare, myself and 8 other women chose a look from the Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week and recreated it on ourselves at home. Then (and this is the fun part), we wore the look to work to see what kind of reactions we got. Since we’re in the beauty industry, our co-workers aren’t too surprised to see the odd bright lipstick or funky updo — but none of them were prepared for this.
Now, as you might imagine, copying runway looks at home isn’t exactly the easiest task. Unlike the models, we didn’t have a team of pro hairstylists and makeup artists making us look flawless. Nevertheless, we still did a pretty good job — proving that you can copy any of these runway makeup looks or hairstyles if you wanted to.
At this point, I’m guessing you’re pretty curious to see what we looked like all done up. So keep clicking to see what runway styles look like on regular gals, plus read the hilarious reactions we got from our boyfriends, friends and co-workers. Will we ever wear these looks again? You’ll have to read on to find out.