New York Fashion Week has finally come to a close. Take a cue from the experts when recreating your own version of some of our hair and makeup selects for SS16. And not to worry, no hard-to-follow tutorials here—less is more.
By Emily Matson
There was no shortage of opalescent and iridescent looks on the runway this past week. Lightweight fabrics and sleek silhouettes came alive on the catwalk with the help of beauty looks that matched their minimalism, while still packing an unconventional punch. But don’t be fooled—these looks did not skimp on drama. Think bright blue hues, clean, dewy faces and no-fuss hair. Suffice it to say, blue eyeshadow may just be the most unassuming “it” accessory of SS16. I saw this concept dazzle on the runways at Jill Stuart, Diane Von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs, just to name a few. The bold, statement eye is surprisingly versatile: whether adding an artful pop or a dramatic flair, make-up artists embraced the universally flattering hue to accent a toned-down, neutral face. The models at Diane Von Furstenberg flaunted a shiny teal eye that accented their big Seventies hair and nude lips that evoked serious Studio 54 vibes, while makeup artists at Marc Jacobs used a similar blue hue alongside deliberately clumped mascara, conjuring up images of a “morning after” situation (gone glamorously right).
NARS Matte Eyeshadow
NARS matte eyeshadow is available in a variety of high pigmented hues to achieve just about any look under the sun. Go neutral withBiarritz, an understated and elegant beige, or Outremer for a bold and beautiful blue that functions as an accessory in its own right.
Minimal monochromatic faces and hair stole the show at Rodarte and Thakoon (among others), whose understated beauty looks were subtle yet strong, effectively lending themselves to the color and artistry of the garments themselves. Alexander Wang used the no-makeup mantra to the max: models strutted sans cosmetics of any kind (save for a bit of moisturizer) and hair au naturale, capitalizing on their diverse looks of the models and similarly statement-making ensembles, which focused thematically on streetwear.
Tommy Hilfiger’s beach-babe inspired collection championed this similar approach, where the models did indeed look like they had just emerged from the Caribbean – hair tousled to perfection (with the addition of hair wrap-like adornments) and effortlessly sun-kissed skin. Another personal favorite, Rodarte, showcased ethereal fresh-faces with a subtle peachy eye, long lashes and a nude lip. Refreshingly simple and timeless when expertly paired with whimsically tousled locks, fastened with statement flower barrettes.
Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint
For a dewy, less-is-more complexion, Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint has got you covered.
Best of all, you don’t have to wait until the spring trends hit stores to start experimenting with these looks. I, for one, can’t wait to debut my own rendition of a less-is-more face and rock it year round. Multi-functional as a default daytime look, or matched with your favorite frock, the SS16-inspired fresh face is sure to become a beauty mainstay.