The Best Beauty Looks From Spring 2016 Fashion Week
"I gave the eye a pop art feel by using the smudge sticks and liquid liners in their full pigment," says lead makeup artist Sarah Lucero, who concentrated Stila's Smudge Stick in Cobalt across the upper eyelid, then swept the Turquoise shade ($22 each; ulta.com) along the lower lash line. "It's a little graffiti, a little DIY for that downtown girl look."
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Lead makeup artist Francelle Daly swept the NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Island ($25; narscosmetics.com) along the inner and outer edges of each model's eyes, which stood out against the luminous skin. "The skin reads naked and natural, but there is a boldness of color coming from the eye," she says. "It's a reference of new romanticism and new wave with the bright blue lines."
An electric blue eye was the focal point against the otherwise minimalist makeup and low ponytail at Hugo Boss. "There's a little reference to the mid-90s with the minimalistic look," says Redken lead hairstylist Guido Palau. "Hugo Boss beauty is always very simple and clean, but there is a progression every season, so it always feels modern and updated."
Diane Von Furstenberg
With a muse like Diane Von Furstenberg inspiring the hair and makeup, you know the beauty look will be pure glamour. "Before the show, Diane was sharing photos with me of herself in the 1970s where it was the first time she'd let her hair fall in its natural wave," says lead hairstylist Orlando Pita for Tresemme. "I just loved the texture and volume she had, so I wanted the girls to rock a little of her personality." An aquamarine eye and sheer nude lip finished the effect.
A series of mini-rhinestones adorned the clean skin at Tracy Reese, complementing the soft gold shadow and just-bitten stain on the lips. "Sheer transparency enhanced by 'moments of shine' set the tone for the collection this season," says lead hairstylist Bok-Hee for SheaMoisture, who created the windswept effect. "The vision was to keep the woman looking natural and truly authentic. I went about forming a no-fuss hair look signified by natural textures and an effortless chignon."
Though tousled waves and aquamarine liner remained a constant among most of the models, a handful took the catwalk in a fire engine red lip.
Lead hairstylist Orlando Pita used his arsenal of Tresemme products to twist a hairline braid on each model, allowing face-framing wisps to fall out, then tied the style back into a low ponytail. "It's a softer look for our Herve Leger girl this season," he says. "She's still creating a strong statement with the braid, but we've played with making it more relaxed wit purposely pulled-out loose pieces that create beautiful movement when she walks."
A sleek, double-knotted updo was complemented with an iridescent headpiece and day-glo eyeliner at Monique Lhuillier.
Never one to shy away from dramatics, Betsey Johnson's girls worked a trio of beauty looks as bold and dynamic as the designer's own personality, with embellished manicures to match.
Creatures of the Wind
"The inspiration was a Camden girl. A girl that dresses really pretty, but is a little punky, and a little '90s," lead hairstylist Anthony Turner for Bumble and Bumble said of the undone texture and dramatic cat-eye. With his own tattoo artist as the muse behind the look, Turner went for a disheveled, lived-in vibe. "Girls in the '90s wore really cute dresses and the hair would always be a bit raw—it's kind of a nod to that," he adds. "The girl who does my tattoos in Camden does her hair in a really cool knot in the back, and as soon as the designers said 'Camden,' I knew the hairstyle I wanted to create."
With her arsenal of Kerastase products at hand, lead hairstylist Odile Gilbert crafted a sleek chignon, which held major texture in the back thanks to a few strategically-placed twists. Makeup was kept simple—save for the dramatic red lip. To amp up the color, lead makeup artist Yadim applied a red pigment directly on top of the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Rebel Red moments before the models took the runway.
The beauty looks at Givenchy varied from the minimalist to the extreme, with many girls wearing full-on lace, beaded, or pearl masks affixed to their faces.
Lead makeup artist Yadim used a metallic khaki shadow by Maybelline to create the dramatic shape, then traced the upper lash line with an eggplant-toned gel liner, which he extended into a graphic wing.
Playing off of the designer's street art inspiration, models appropriately wore their hair in a wavy half-updo, complemented by printed nails, and an asphalt-toned smoky eye.
The radiant complexion and soft waves at Ohne Titel got a pop of color with a sweep of hot pink eyeliner and a reflective silver dot placed just above the brow. "It's an abstrac ttake on Middle Eastern ceremonial makeup, inspired by sun-drenched Moroccan facades," lead makeup artist Kabuki, who used MAC products, explains.
Princess Leia would be proud. A series of cinnamon roll buns complemented the clean skin and inky noir liner at BCBG.
Forever the coolest girls at Fashion Week, Rebecca Minkoff's models gave a nod to '60s icons like Marianne Faithfull with ombre nail art, bold liner, and soft, textured layers framed by wispy bangs. "We wanted the look to have a bedhead feel with polished ends," says lead hairstylist Jeanie Syfu for Tresemme.
A sole strip of metallic liner served as the focal point for Tadashi Shoji's otherwise minimalist makeup look.
Cushine et Ochs
To complement the impact of the deep plum lip, Moroccanoil creative director Antonio Corral Calero styled the models' strands into a bone-straight half updo, which he created by sweeping three separate sections of hair toward the back. The oxblood negative-space nails finished the look, and gave a nod to the label's signature cutout designs.
Pastel blue shadow was blended around the perimeter of models' eyes at Jill Stuart.
The soft colors and luminous skin at Tanya Taylor, created by makeup artist Uzo for NARS, were offset by striped nail art, and an unconventional top knot. "The hair is a gritty, dirtied-up, twisted bun with lots of texture and separation," says lead hairstylist Allen Wood, who used Bumble and Bumble products. "The twisted effect adds a textural element, while the 'flicked' ends have a graphic 'Bird of Paradise' effect."
Erin Fetherston's girls took the runway in an ethereal updo, complemented by delicate floral print nails and fresh-faced makeup.