September 27, 2013
New York Fashion Week just took the Big Apple by storm, showcasing some of the biggest names in fashion. While the clothes were endlessly stunning, it was the hair and makeup styles that commanded attention.
Spanning centuries and cities, the beauty trends at this year's New York Fashion Week were eclectic, awe-inspiring and completely attainable. Here's how you can take these looks straight from the runway and into your daily routine with the right beauty products.
The roaring '20s
Badgley Mischka fashion shows are known for their soft and romantic beauty styles, but runway stylist Peter Gray decided to add a pop of color to the usually subdued makeup palette.
Blue eyeshadow and coral lips might only seem like a smart idea for a young child's dance recital, but when paired together with a flapper-esque updo they come together in a wildly unexpected way. To mimic this look, mix a bit of white into your cyan-blue eyeshadow to soften the color. Then, brush the eyeshadow all over your lid and up to your eyebrows, extending it past the outer corners of your eyes toward your temples. Apply a dab of clear lipgloss to the lids for an extra sheen, while a peach-based coral lipstick seals this truly modem look.
Night in Paris
Charlotte Ronson's latest collection is marketed to "the Parisian girl in New York," so of course the hair and makeup radiated an effortlessly chic vibe.
For soft and romantic waves, first make a deep side part in your hair. Next, gently twist large sections of your hair around a 1.25" barrel curling iron, but stop around four inches from your scalp - you want the waves to fall loosely. On the heavier side of the part, curl the hair toward your face so it makes an 'S' wave and secure it in front of your ear with a rhinestone bobby pin. Set the hair with a light spray of Steiner Gloss Mist Shine Spray, which not only provides a healthy sheen to your hair but also a firm hold.
When going for the stylish "Parisian girl" vibe, keep makeup fresh and minimal. Use a color corrector, such as the Colorscience Corrector Palette, for all-over coverage that remains - and feels - seamless. Highlighting your cheek and browbones with a translucent pink blush will also give you a dewy glow. Lightly layer some mascara on both your bottom and top eyelashes to make them pop, and touch up your lips with a rose-pink lipgloss.
Dream of the '90s
Since Helmut Lang's latest collection is a bit of a '90s throwback, it's only appropriate that the hair and makeup would be decade-appropriate. Runway stylist Paul Hanlon paired the grunge clothing with a strong, clean and pin-straight hairstyle that has just the right amount of attitude.
To achieve this look, blow dry the hair straight with a paddle brush. Next, create a deep side part with a rattail comb and continue to blow dry the hair straight down. Spray two two-inch sections of the roots with a firm hairspray, such as the Phytolaque Soie XL Finishing Spray, then pull the hair back into a tight ponytail at the nape of neck, securing it with a black leather accessory for a touch of punk. Carefully remove several strands of hair from the ponytail and tuck them beyond your ears for an effortlessly messy look.
Pair this sleek hair with deep maroon lips, but hold the shine - blot your lips after application until they're perfectly matte, completing the "I just rolled out of bed" grunge look.
Urban to go
Stylist Antonio Corral Caleros wanted an "urban girl on the go" look for the KaufmanFranco show, which meant creating a new take on the classic ponytail.
Starting at the nape of the neck, blow dry the top and sides of your hair away from your face with a round ceramic brush. Once the hair is dry, lightly mist your brush with hairspray and smooth out the sides. Gather all your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck, holding it with one hand. With your free hand, push the top of your hair upwards to create a rounded shape.Top the look off with an oversized stretchy black hair band that rests at your hairline but keeps the ears free. With your hair brushed off your face, your features are accentuated. A dramatic cat eye, contoured cheeks and matte peach lips will certainly have you stopping traffic on the bustling city streets.