NYFW S/S 2016: best beauty looks
From metallic eyes to bright red pouts, New York Fashion Week saw some of the best beauty looks grace the runways for S/ S 2016. We’ve taken a look back at some of the prettiest and most wearable beauty trends from the catwalks.
Perhaps the biggest trend across the whole week was the “no make-up” look where make-up artists focused on perfecting the canvas with dewy complexions and minimal coverage. Designers such as Brock, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone and Narciso Rodriguez all opted for this glowy, fresh make-up look.
At Rag & Bone, Gucci Westman swapped highlighter for glow-inducing serum to create fresh faced dewiness. The look was natural and youthful with a dusting of blush on the apples of cheeks, and serum down the centre of the nose and along the cheekbones for a glowing look.
NARS makeup artist, Diane Kendal, used Triple X Lip Gloss on both lips and eyes at Thakoon, to create effortless beauty. Kendal described how she wanted the make-up to have a “light-reflective quality” so used a new NARS blush for autumn in the shade Tribulation along the cheekbones and up into the temples whilst blending a white highlighter on top of the cheekbones, brow bones and down the nose.
Electric blue eyes
Blue hues were undoubtedly a standout trend for SS16, whether it was a flick of electric blue liner or full-on splashes of colour across the entire lid. Designers like Jenny Packham, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Monique Lhuillier and Marc Jacobs all played with the trend in different variations.
Perhaps the most wearable interpretation of the trend came from Jenny Packham, where makeup artist Talia Sparrow applied shadow halfway to the lid’s crease, finishing the look with a winged flick at the corner of each eye.
On the runway at Diane Von Furstenberg, models sauntered down the runway with dewy, bronzed skin and nude lips completed with bold standout eyes. Make-up artist Pat McGrath gave a nod to 70s nightlife with a thick dusting of aquamarine eyeshadow, achieved by wetting the pigment before layering it around the top and bottom lashes and blending deep into the crease. To create an even bolder blue hue, a tight line of pearly blue liner was drawn along the upper lash line whilst thick lashes completed the glam 70s look.
Statement lips were seen amongst many big name designers and it was the contrast between a flawless bare face and dramatic pout that made this such a modern beauty statement. The look was seen across the catwalks at Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Jenny Packham, Zac Posen, Jason Wu and Marchesa. Some designers opted for power pouts throughout the show whilst others, such as Zac Posen opted for bright lips for just five out of 40 looks, exclusively sported by blondes as and when the lipstick particularly suited the model.
At Jason Wu, MUAs from Maybelline New York created a fresh-faced youthful look with a barely made-up face completed with a bold and modern red lip. The eyes were kept bare with polished brows, brushed upwards and fanned gently out whilst a touch of concealer was used to brighten their complexion and conceal blemishes for gorgeous dewy skin.
At Victoria Beckham’s catwalk show, glowing natural skin dominated the catwalk with bare lips but every now and then a bold pop of orange and red hues adorned the lips, creating one of the best looks this season. The look was completed with perfected skin, groomed brows and sleek straight hair, leaving all the attention of the tomato-based glossy stain.
Whether it’s full-on glitter or a subtle bronzed finish, metallic eyes made a big impact on the SS16 runway at NYFW. Models walking the runways for Alice + Olivia, Derek Lam and Creatures of the Wind all rocked the wearable and glamorous trend.
At Alice + Olivia, make-up artist for Stila, Sarah Lucero took inspiration from the desert to create this metallic look. Lucero layered the eyelid with Stila Magnificent Metal Eyeshadow in the shades Comex Gold and Gilded Gold for this bronzed look.
At Derek Lam, golden eyes were interpreted in a modern and understated way. Golden eyeshadow was applied to the lower lash line for a soft, sexy look whilst the rest of the face was kept neutral with a nude lip finishing the look off.