Glue is Having a Moment At New York Fashion Week

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Backstage at Christopher John Rogers, a familiar orange friend was hanging out with all the M.A.C products. Makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez and his cohorts were casually wielding Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, just like my 7-year-old self. Apparently, the solids are useful not only for sticking construction paper to more construction paper, but also for sticking tiny Swarovski crystals to the arches of models’ brows.

This season, @christopherjohnrogers reminds us that the past, present and future was, is and will be gorgeous. Are you here for crystal-studded brows or 90s lips? #MACBackstage #NYFW #ChristopherJohnRogers

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Puppets & Puppets Fall 2020 NYFW @markcarly @pantyboner Styled by @stella_greenspan Hair @blakeerik Makeup by me @julianwatsonagency Using @maccosmetics Production @leo__becerra Casting @giakuan Photo @christinehahn

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At Dion Lee, makeup artist Erin Parsons not only used glue on models’ faces, but on their hands, too. Parsons and her team individually glued teeny-tiny steel balls in impressively straight lines to create believable-looking faux piercings. Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone who had to pee before the glue set.

There were so many amazing piercing looks at the @dionlee show yesterday! Sharing soon 😃 and Absolutely obsessed with the hands where we glued each steel ball on one by one 🥵😅🙏🏻 #erinparsonsmakeup … Stylist @levymelissa Hair @eugenesouleiman Model @tightcorsetloosemorals

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Meanwhile, at Alice + Olivia, Justine Marjan, the queen of sticking things in hair, literally stuck Swarovski crystals onto models’ hair using Tweezerman tweezers and hair glue.

popping in some last min crystals at the @aliceandolivia show 💫 zoom in to see the sparkle ✨ #justinemarjanhair #tresnyfw

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Rhinestone row seen backstage at @aliceandolivia 👑 #TresNYFW

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Marjan also glued crystal chains to models’ side parts using lash glue. Lucy Boynton wore a dressed-up part to Sunday’s Oscars that looked similar but required a much scarier glue. “As a quick tip, apply a drop of Gorilla Glue with a tiny paintbrush and give it 15 to 30 seconds to set before attaching the pearl for extra hold,” hairstylist Jenny Cho advised in a release that is forever seared into my mind. “Before walking out the door, spray the look one last time with hair spray,” it ended, but I sincerely doubt you’ll have any issues with the look staying put.

LUCY ❤️ BOYNTON X OSCARS 2020 Styling: @leithclark Makeup: @missjobaker #jennychohair #lucyboynton @chanelofficial #oscars2020 @sisleyparisofficial @hairrituelbysisley #sisleyparis #sisleyredcarpet

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