50 Spectacular Beauty Moments from the Fall 2016 Runways: An Annotated List

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50 Spectacular Beauty Moments from the Fall 2016 Runways: An Annotated List
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And just like that, the Fall 2016 round of runway shows—Fashion Month, as it’s referred to—came and went, leaving a mound of ready-to-decipher themes from more than 1,000 shows in its wake.

The tangible fashion trends that emerged from the month—shiny PVC, Lurex, a shit-ton of ruffles among them—are easy to identify thanks to the fact that clothing design is often cyclical and derivative of what’s going on in the larger world. Nailing down beauty trends, on the other hand, is a trickier game to play.

It’s not that they don’t exist—remember the Great Orange Lipstick Takeover of Spring 2014?—but runway hair and makeup is typically treated as a complement to the clothing; an added-value touch that reflects the mood of the collection, which is much more permanent than a red lip or a side part.

That said, there were some singular hair, makeup, and nail moments during the fall shows that blew the collective mind of our two resident beauty obsessives, editorial director Perrie Samotin and beauty editor Rachel Krause.

So, instead of feverishly rounding up what we think will be big next fall on a macro level, we sifted through the shows and called out 50 hyper-specific looks that are worth seeing.

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The matte salmon-colored lips at Rochas
On its own, this zero-shine pale lip is slightly retro—I think of a late-’60s, West Coast–bound Megan in "Mad Men"—but when combined with cool hair and clean skin, it screams 2016.

It's also easy to get right now: Just mix a peach or pink lipstick with MAC's Paint Stick in Pure White. (Perrie Samotin, editorial director)

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The drug-addled ’60s bombshell vibes at Alberta Ferretti
I love everything about this. Between the smeared black shadow and back-combed volume, it’s like Brigitte Bardot got really into quaaludes and didn’t get out of bed for a week, never mind wash her hair. Right in my wheelhouse. (Rachel Krause, beauty editor)

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The fuzzy curls at Anthony Vaccarello
BRB, booking my next perm appointment. So effing cool. (PS)

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The "Flowers in the Attic" pallor at Givenchy 
Almost makes me wish I was a malnourished teen imprisoned in an attic for three years. (PS)

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The frankly unwearable black eyes at Dries Van Noten
I’d never leave the house like this and I don’t necessarily think anyone ever should, but this speaks to me nonetheless. I think because it reminds me of all the times I’ve cried wearing eye makeup and resultantly looked just like this. (RK)

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The "I stayed out all night" vibe at Versace
I think she's still drunk. #Jealous. (PS)

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The hot-chick hair at Balmain
Runway beauty is often so conceptual and so in-your-face, so it's a bit of a happy anomaly to see sexy waves and simple, gorgeous skin.

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The glossy dark lipstick at Louis Vuitton
It's ... shiny. So shiny. (RK)

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The angled lashes at Paul & Joe
I'm not typically a lash person, but thought the sideways-leaning falsies at Paul & Joe slayed. (PS)

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The smoky eye at Roberto Cavalli
Smoky eyes can be so goddamn boring, but the little hint of metallic shine in the inner corner makes this stand out from the pack. (RK)

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The rosy pink cheeks at Michael Kors
I happen to love visible blush, which wasn't a theme on fall runways, but Kors's just-in-from-the-cold flush stood out to me. (PS)

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The cool-girl hair at Monique Lhuillier
I don’t mean to be trite by calling this a “cool-girl” look, but in my head, every girl I think is hot and cool has gritty, tousled hair like this. Thus, cool-girl hair. (RK)

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The Just-Bitten Lips at Nina Ricci
I actually detest the phrase "just bitten" when it refers to beauty—kind of gross, IMO—but bae definitely looks like she just emerged from a marathon makeout.(PS)

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The dark patent-leather lip at Dior
I’m heart-eyes emoji’ing all over the place for this. Pale, pale skin, a glossy dark violet lip, and the slightly clumpy mascara—everything a goth-lite girl could dream of. I don’t generally die over slicked-back hair, but when it's pulled back into a low, tight bun like this, I’m actually pretty into it. (RK)

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The wavy lob at Chloé
Just when I thought we'd hit peak wavy lob fatigue, Chloé goes and makes it cool again. (PS)

This is, like, so quintessentially French in that way that I, and every other basic American girl, love. It’s DGAF makeup at its best, and the hair ain’t half bad, either. (RK)

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The goth lips at Rodarte
Nearly every designer gravitated to the dark side for fall, but none as beautifully as Rodarte, which paired vampy lips with pale skin, long hair, and flower accessories, creating an ethereal, woods nymph vibe.

Mmmm, yes. The overgrown brows and undone hair, too—I'm also all about this. (RK)

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The entire biker-chic situation at Moschino
If I had a face like this, I'd 100 percent copy this exact hairstyle—so sexy and so modern. (PS)

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The feathery lashes at Anna Sui
You have to be careful with major lashes, especially huge, fluttery falsies like these—they can easily look so OTT and pageanty. But leaving the rest of the face really bare and the hair a little bit shiny and freshly washed-looking, makes it seem fresh. (RK)

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The blonde hair–dark brow moment at Stella McCartney
This look kind of made me want to go blonde, since my brows are already super-dark. And wear one earring. (PS)

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The stained lip at Naeem Khan
This is real pretty, like a porcelain doll or a Renaissance painting. (RK)

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The multicolor eye masterpiece at Fendi
Wearable? Eh. Cool as fuck to look at? Yep!

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The cat eye that actually looks like a cat at Topshop Unique
Go literal or go home. (PS)

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The rich-girl hair at Altuzarra
As a phrase,"rich girl hair" was on everyone's lips last year—substantial length, just enough shine, slight waves that look pulled together but not like you tried—and if any designer gets that, it's Joseph Altuzarra. (PS)

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The groomed brows at Proenza Schouler
If I were a Proper Lady, this is the kind of hair and makeup I’d wear. In those circumstances, it would be my signature look. However, I will never be a Proper Lady, so this will never be my signature look. (RK)

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The flat waves at Gucci
Alessandro Michele crafted not only my dream fur coat but also my dream hair. (PS)

I don’t usually go for things that are sweet and “pretty,” but this makes me want to romp in a flower garden in midsummer and maybe become a virgin again. I don't know why. I think it's the pink. (RK)

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The glittery eyebrows at Giambattista Valli
That’s one way to “define your brows.” Feeling it. (RK)

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The glitter fuchsia lip-red nail combo at Charlotte Olympia
I'm getting a serious Studio 54 vibe mixed with just the right amount of drag queen. (PS)

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The matte hair at Dsquared2
The only thing I love more than having dirty hair is seeing dirty hair work its way into the rest of the world, which means it’s inching ever closer to becoming stylish instead of just disgusting. (RK)

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The red velvet lipstick at Prada
I am drawn to that lip like a moth to a flame, or rather, like a matte lipstick lover to a really, really matte lip. That’s all, really. (RK)

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The perfectly messy knot at Tory Burch
Every time I aim for an effortless bun, it looks nothing like this. (PS)

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The lower-lash mascara at Carven
I’ve never really considered that skipping mascara on top and layering it on thick on bottom might be a good look, but lo and behold, I think it just might be. The thick black liner on the lid helps to balance it, so it looks just slightly off in the best way possible. (RK)

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The brows at Tommy Hilfiger
I know these are her own and not a beauty choice per se but, well, eat your heart out, Cara Delevingne. (PS)

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The glitter eye makeup at Burberry
Usually there’s only one socially acceptable way of using legit glitter on your face as an adult person, and that’s very, very subtly, with maybe a thin stroke of sparkly liner and … that’s pretty much it. But Burberry turned that “rule” on its head with this look, which basically announces itself, like, “Here I am, wearing glitter!” Well-played. (RK)

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The no-makeup makeup at Peter Pilotto
Obsessed with this Vaseline-and-glitter masterpiece. (PS)

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The Upper East Side hair and lips at J.Crew
Classic, classy, and suited to someone four decades her senior, which is why I love it. (PS)

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The modern side ponytail at Off-White
Side ponytails can lean '80s, but I'm digging this chic low version. (PS)

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The skin at Valentino
Yeah, just the skin. So glowy and gorgeous. How does skin even get that glowy? (RK)

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The subtle, smoked-out blue eye at Jill Stuart
Blue eye makeup is as divisive as the Kardashians, but when done with a soft hand, I think it's stunning. (PS)

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The graphic liner at Kenzo
Love this use of eyeliner. Just love it. (RK)

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The silver metallic eye at Giulietta
I plan to douse my lids with a shiny silver eye crayon immediately, and run a tiny bit along my lower lashline. (PS)

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The sloppy lip color at Erdem
God, I love a really messy, make-outy stained lip. It’s sexy but not, like, obvious. (RK)

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The two-toned metallic nails at Creatures of the Wind
I love a good nail art moment (yes, still) and happen to be a big fan of mixing silver and bronze anything. (PS)

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The bare eyes and bright lips at Cushnie et Ochs
There’s always this idea that one can simply “throw on” a bold lipstick with no other makeup and look “done,” but in my experience, it always just makes me look vaguely unwell, like something’s amiss. That is my reality, but in my dreams, this is what it would look like. (RK)

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The chic flyaways at Rebecca Minkoff
Can someone explain exactly how to get static-chic hair? Thanks. (PS)

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The flushed faces at Marchesa
Very classic. Not super original, but really pretty, and I’m just fine with that. (RK)

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The tropical palette at Mara Hoffman
A hard yes to this aqua eye and fuchsia lip combo. (PS)

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The freckles at Vivienne Tam
So cute and girly with the pink blush! (RK)

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The deep side part at Karen Walker 
Though I'm more a middle-part kind of girl, this chic look made me want to switch things up. (PS)

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The side braids at a Detacher
Two braids are definitely better than one. (PS)

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The thick black liner at Elie Saab
Here’s some more black eyeliner that I like. I am so predictable. (RK)

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