Amidst a sea of wonderful, exciting new designs at New York Fashion Week, makeup has been an essential ingredient for creating show stopping looks on the runways.

Several makeup trends have emerged this week and will be sure to lead the makeup looks this season. Here are the latest styles hot off the New York runways!




Thick eyebrows are making a big bold come-back this season and were seen across a wide variety of runways. At Marc Jacobs, the key look was about big, chic, interesting brows. NARS artists heavily applied eye shadows in Bali and Bengali onto arches to create the illusion of bigger brows.
At Helmut Lang, Hannah Murray for NARS also featured bold brows on brunette models.

Similarly, Thakoon showcased thicker brows using brow and eyeliner pencils for depth. NARS artist Diane Kendal used the NARS eyebrow pencil in Jodhpur and Mambo.

James Boehmer from NARS helmed Naeem Khan’s makeup artistry, inspired by the 1920s and Lady Mary from Downton Abbey.  The look was “all about the eyebrow and a lived in feel” using NARS eyebrow pencil to create architectural brows.

Over at Alexander Wang prominent bushy brows also dominated the runway aiming to look “bold, strong and sexy”, whilst Jason Wu featured thicker brows in alternating masculine and feminine styles of beauty.




Vibrant purple was all the craze at NY Fashion Week, with the colour splashed across model’s eyes on many runways.
At Jason Wu, Diane Kendal designed her own indigo eye shadow mixing a blue pigment with a lilac eye shadow from Lancôme. Models’ eyes were lined with purple kohl before the unique eyeshade was applied across the lids and lower lash line.

Eyes at Thakoon were even more striking with a purple glitter ball effect.  Diane Kendal used NARS Eye Shadow in Outremer, a bright electric blue as the eyeshade base for a midnight feel. Then three different coloured glitters were pressed along the lid to inject a sense of summertime and defined with thin black eyeliner.

Cynthia Rowley also opted for purple hues on both the eyes, lips and nails.




On several runways hair was big and full of volume. At Kate Spade, stylists created hair full of bounce and volume aiming to “capture the intense energy of Manhattan and Studio 54 in the ‘70s” according to Tommy Buckett from Garnier. Their theme was the bigger the better!

Big hair was the signature look at Marc Jacobs too. “A 1940’s uptown girl” was Guido Palau from Redken’s inspiration.  Hair was slightly teased and set in pin curls that were then brushed out for a big messy look.




In contrast to the big hair look, several brands went for a straight, sleek ponytail. Models from Jenny Packham and Rachel Zoe wore their hair in a low swung ponytail.

Over at Richard Chai, hair was parted asymmetrically adding a twist to models’ slick low ponytails.

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Braided hair was sported by many models this year at New York Fashion Week. At Rodarte, stylist Odile Gilbert from John Frieda aimed to create “a rocker princess with a cool, undone texture”. She styled hair with loose, half-up braids connected from each side of the head. The rest of the hair was left down in loose waves.

Hair at Hérve Léger, styled by Bumble + Bumble Laurent Philippon, was worn down straight and sleek with a single sharp “harness” plait behind the right ear.


At Christian Siriano, the inspiration for hair was a refined Russian girl dressed up for the opera. Stylist Antoinette Beenders crisscrossed two fishtail braids and then tucked them up into a chignon style.




This season the “no makeup” look will prove to be a popular trend. At Helmut Lang, NARS artist Hannah Murray focused on creamy skin using a tinted moisturizer and a subtle hint of Orgasm blush. The result was “off-duty beauty”. Over at Alexander Wang, Diane Kendal also shied away from heavy foundation and powder. She used a sheer foundation as the base before subtly applying a snow-toned highlighting blush in Albatross. Models for Prabal Gurung had little foundation as Charlotte Tilbury from MAC Cosmetics applied a soft pink to cheeks for a feminine style.


The key look for DKNY was “pure and simple” resulting in Charlotte Willer for Maybelline simply using a thin layer of BB cream on models’ faces. Lacoste and Derek Lam also went for the “barely-there foundation” look.




The hot red lip craze is here to stay judging from its prominence at NY Fashion Week. Carlos Miele models wore a cherry red lip in “Red Revival” from Maybelline. Lips were also red hot at Jason Wu, courtesy of Diane Kendal using a rouge lip pencil, a brighter red lipstick from MAC in “Cherry” in the middle of the mouth and finally a dusting of neon pink powder. La Perla also stood out for their classic red lips on the runway. Moani Lee from Hourglass used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Raven and Icon to create the image of a sensual woman.

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A Melbourne city girl through and through, Olivia is a Communications student at RMIT. After dreaming of crossing international waters her entire life, she has spent the last six months studying in Leeds, England. As cliched as it is, she believes travel really is the only thing that makes you richer and intends to spend the rest of her life exploring and discovering the world. A lover of the arts, good food and quality wine she realises the importance of being an enthusiast in life. Because honestly, lukewarm is no good for anything. Twitter: @oliviawindsor Blog:

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