NYFW Beauty recap
New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 was not only full of some of our favorite designers' amazing ready to wear collections, but it was packed with ready to wear beauty as well. NYFW, in my opinion, has the most 'real woman' makeup of all the major world fashion weeks as a whole. By this I mean that there are some very consistent trends that can be literally translated from the runway to the real woman's makeup routine. While the looks ranged from very clean, simple faces to bright pops of color and new takes on graphic eyeliner, there is something for every woman and every occasion.
Natural makeup looks were all over NYFW runways. Though these makeup designs are the most natural they are far from boring. The minimalist visages were consistently accentuated with bronzy cheeks or highlighted/strobed cheekbones. Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors shows featured models that were fresh faced and bronzy while the ladies of Rodarte had major cheekbones and more bronzy smoky eyes as well. The Fashion Palette Bridal runway show featured multiple Australian designers and a brilliant gold bronze glow to highlight the cheeks. MAC Cosmetics is a major NYFW beauty sponsor as well as an original 'strobing' brand. The clean makeup looks on the Osklen and Zac Posen runways were lit up with brilliantly '3D' stobed faces.
A bold lip paired with a very natural eye was another runway trend. While and color on the lip initially seemed elusive at NYFW, they started making more regular appearances as the week progressed. Maybelline sponsored, DKNY, had a bold true red lip while their sponsored Gypsy Sport show rocked a glossy orangey/red lip paired with a punch of blue mascara. Marchaesa pouts were a fantastic fuchsia and proved that a bold lip doesn't have to be red to be chic.
If NYFW beauty trends proved anything, it was that pops of color aren't just for the lips. Blue, Green, Orange, and Pink eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara odorned models eyes all over NYFW. 3.1 Phillip Lim, Novice and Monique Lhullier featured various hues of blue, color-blocked eyeliner, while Stila Cosmetics sponsored Nanette Lapore paired pink with orange or blue with green on the upper and lower lids. Nars Cosmetics gave the inner half of the eyelid a bright pop of blue with their Soloman Islands Eye Paint at Marc Jacobs while the Diane Von Furstenburg runway featured a unique smoky eye of greens and blues.
Graphic eyeliner had a fun, yet very wearable moment at NYFW. Carmen Marc Valvo was simple and unexpected with a clean face and multiple, painterly swipes of black gel liner on the eyelid. Jeremy Scott took the graphic line to a funky 60s place with painted lower eyelashes and a fierce wing (paired with fierce wigs). Thom Browne had his girls rocking a lower graphic eye line deep into the waterline for his "down the rabbit hole" inspired show.
The runways of NYFW rocked simple, chic and fun trends that are sure to find their way into your Spring and Summer makeup routines. Pick a feature, play with color, paint those lips and rock those brilliant, bronzy cheekbones in 2016!