We’ve already covered the micro-trends of New York Fashion Week 2014. After a week backstage in the trenches, here are a few more of our favorite beauty highlights and trends we might actually wear. Prepare for frosted lids, fur collars, and skin that shines like the royal formerly known as Princess Shinylocks.
1. Drugstore makeup has a place on the runways.
We always see new high end product launches during Fashion Week, but we also spotted drugstore favorites. The entire makeup look at Marissa Webb was created with Maybelline products, like the new Face Studio Master Glaze. To get the look, buff the new glaze on cheeks for a powder-free flush.
Also spotted: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket mascara backstage at Ruffian, and gorgeous looks from TRESemme (their whole tagline is “professional, affordable,” after all) at shows like Alice + Olivia, Vivienne Tam, and Jenny Packham, and Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner at model favorite Rag & Bone.
2. Makeup-makeup is back.
Fall shows are a makeup geek’s dream with wine stained lips, contoured cheeks, and textures from high gloss to matte. You’ll need a smoky eye palette and lip liner to get the glam looks from The Blonds, Ruffian, Nanette Lepore, and Rodarte. As one of the artists for Ruffian said, the dramatic looks are “really not that crazy. It’s eyeliner and lipstick.”
Even shows with lighter looks, like Marc Jacobs, busted out a full makeup toolbox. His futuristic angel look featured bleached brows, silvery lips, and dramatically creased pastel eye makeup.
3. Frosts are happening. They’re really, really happening.
The Gloss has mixed opinions on this (haters to the left, lovers to the MAC counter). But like it or not, frost is a trend. See: silver lip finishes at Marc Jacobs, positively shimmery pouts at Rodarte, glossy lids at Vera Wang, and full on green frost at Anna Sui.
4. You must master a messy up-do.
Some of the best hair featured messy up-dos. Michael Kors wanted models to look as if they’d been riding in a convertible through Big Sur. Jenny Packham’s TRESemme stylists created loose, backcombed buns and used Split Remedy Leave-In Conditioning Spray around the hair line for second day separation, like models had just raked their fingers through hair. A slouchy bun is instantly chic. It doesn’t matter if it actually takes more effort than a sleek topknot, this is a look you need.
5. Dewy skin is everything.
This one pains my retro-obsessed self, but dewy skin ruled the fall runways. You’ll need Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and a flawless model complexion to score the look at shows like Jenny Packham and Tory Burch.
6. Nail art: the great beauty equalizer.
Quality nail polish is the true beauty equalizer. Runway staples like Butter and Essie are used backstage and can be picked up at the drugstore for under $10. Plus, some of the best looks we spotted from Ruffian, Creatures of the Wind, Nicole Miller, and Lela Rose, are totally achievable at home. All you need is a steady hand and a Q-tip dipped in acetone to clean up mistakes.
7. The later nineties and aughts are coming for us all.
If you liked the revival of skater skirts, Doc Marten boots, and sable lips, you’ll LOVE the return of late nineties overalls and mules to the runways. We also saw straight up combat boots at Calvin Klein (win).
8. Knitwear is chic now.
Maybe it was the snowstorm, but designers like Michael Kors, The Row, and Wes Gordon showed snuggly, wooly pieces. If The Row’s polar bear pants are too much for you, try the oversized-pullover-over-silky-skirt combo from Wes Gordon. Wearable and warm (ish).
9. Fur is happening.
Because when you force fashion people to brave the polar vortex, they’re going to wear fur. Fur is making a comeback on the street style circuit and runways like Alice + Olivia, Ralph Lauren, and Marc Jacobs. Throwing paint is a little nineties for us, but we’ll be trying this one with faux.
You know you’ve made it when the Vogue crowd and babe-tastic redheaded model Karen Elson schlep to the Brooklyn Naval Yard to see your work. Neons and textured pullovers will be trickling down to Forever 21 beforyou know it.