Backstage at Carolina Herrera Spring 2015

Backstage at Carolina Herrera Spring 2015.

Photographer: Olivia Locher

For Carolina Herrera’s Japanese-inspired collection, hairstylist Orlando Pita played off of the sculptural shape of sumo wrestlers' looped buns, using Biosilk Shine On Spray ($22, walgreens.com) and CHI 2 flat iron to give the models’ hair a stiff, glossy finish. Diane Kendal selected five different pink and red MAC lipsticks, one for each section of the show, and gave eyes a subtle flick of black eyeliner for polished, ladylike definition. And in an unusual move for the designer who usually chooses barely-there nail polish, Herrera asked nail artist Michelle Saunders to use Essie’s A-List ($8.50, essie.com), a brick red that didn’t exactly match any of the hues in the clothing, but which Saunders likes to think of as a neutral. “It’s like a brick wall in an cool old brownstone,” said Saunders. “You can decorate with anything and it still looks good."