Now that New York Fashion Week has come and gone and our eyes (and beauty brains) turn to London, Milan and Paris, it’s time to reflect back on everything we saw this past week (and a half!) in good ‘ol NYC. While we are well aware that spring is a long way off, a lot of the trends that were spotted on the runway can be worn now – like the low ponytail – and some take some practice – such as the orange lip – so it’s nice to have a quick review before we immerse ourselves back into fall.
We’ve pulled out what we think were the 10 most prominent trends from the runways, as well as the ones that you’re most likely to wear, for you to get a sneak peek at now. Flip through the slideshow above for tricks and tips for how to wear the trends straight off the runway, as well as the exact products that were used. Plus, let us know in the comments below what you think of the looks!
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From orange pouts to textured hair, here are 10 spring beauty trends you need to know about now.
Braided Beauties: Braids have been sticking around for a few seasons now, but for Spring 2014 they are no longer loose, disheveled or wispy. While the "trend" of the braid has taken a firm hold on the beauty industry, the braid themselves have taken a firm hold on our hair.
At Rebecca Minkoff, TRESemme stylist Jeanie Syfu created tightly wound 4-strand braids inspired by Frida Kahlo, and pinned them along either sides of the model's heads.
At Diesel, hair was pulled back into a sleek and tightly wound French braid and tied with a ribbon at the end of the hair.
At Rachel Zoe, the braid was much more wild and untamed, with extra braids wrapped throughout. Learn how to get the entire look from hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero.
Brushed Up Brows: Bold brows have been lust-worthy since we all set our eyes on Cara Delevingne, but this season bold wasn't good enough – makeup artists wanted impact. Brows also were "brushed up" with brow gel for extra wow factor, to make sure they were really noticed on the runway.
At Richard Chai, makeup artist James Kaliardos also used Maybelline's Master Shape Brow Pencil to shape and define the brow before brushing it upwards.
For Tanya Taylor, makeup artists used NARS' Oural Brow Gel (a clear brow gel) to brush brows up and into place.
Matte Lips: While bold lip colors won't be going anywhere anytime soon, what we noticed this season were the lip textures – and whereas a few lip glosses did pop up (Oscar de la Renta did a gloss!) — matte was by far the lip finish of choice.
To get the deep cherry lip at Helmut Lang, Hannah Murrary for NARS Cosmetics layered Satin Lip Pencils in Het Loo and Golshan.
Orange Lips: When people say "Orange is the New Black," they aren't kidding. The runways were overflowing with orange and coral shades this season, so get ready – and don't be afraid of the hue.
At DKNY, Charlotte Willer for Maybelline blended two Color Sensational Lipstick shades: Electric Orange and Neon Reds to get the hue she was looking for. She then blotted the lips to make it more of a matte, stained finish.
For Marissa Webb's first runway show, Bobbi Brown chose an orange-red lip for the models. The shade, Blazing Red Rich Lip Color launches this spring.
Slick & Sleek: The "wet" trend is back with a vengeance for spring, but this time we saw styles that could be taken off the runway. With sleek chignons and and taut ponytails, the trend has transformed from just-from-the-shower strands.
At Carolina Herrera, hair was pulled back into an intricate French twist and layered with both gel and shine spray for added hold and shine.
At Herve Leger, models showed off a look that is more runway than "real," but could be great for a hot summer day. Hairstylists simply slicked back the hair with mousse and left the rest of it down adding some curl to the ends.
For Ohne Titel's futuristic look the hair was slicked back into a "knot" with Bumble and bumble hair gel and then color was added with spray chalk.
Statement Liner: For girls who love a "look" there was plenty to love about the spring eye trends. Start investing in good liners now, because it's time to get crafty with your liner art.
For Tory Burch, makeup artist Diane Kendal for MAC Cosmetics used Blacktrack Fluidline to get this Brigitte Bardot inspired eye.
At Chado Ralph Rucci, makeup artists layered black liner along the lash line with a clean line of silver and then orange to really make the eyes pop.
At Jeremy Scott, makeup artist Kabuki took a new approach to the cat eye using magenta – he noted that it was reminiscent of the detailing of the cars of the 1950's.
Textured Hair: With dry shampoos and sea salt sprays in hand, the hairstylists backstage at fashion week played favorites with textured hair. Whether the look was elegant, casual, up or down, it was clear that when it came to hair, the more texture, the better. To get the best textured hair possible, begin with dirty hair, which holds on to style better than clean hair.
At Zac Posen, the look was a romantic updo, complete with insane texture and flowers placed in the hair. Odile Gilbert for Kerastase curled each model's hair only to "f**k it up" and pin it in various directions so that each look was different, finishing with a heavy dose of Kerastase Powder Bluff for a matte texture.
Orlando Pita worked his hair magic backstage at Michael Kors, creating a carefree style for each girl. The low bun with tons of texture was complete with loose pieces falling in each girl's face, almost as if she just put up her hair after a long night of dancing. He used Osis Dust It Powder to give hair a thick, chunky feel.
Lead hairstylist Linh Nguyen at Marissa Webb created the textured, high fashion, punk version of the Victoria's Secret Angels hair that every girl wants. Overall, the hairstyle was for a girl who "partied all night and went home with someone she didn't know," Linh says.
At Thakoon, hairstylist Odile Gilbert for Kerastase was inspired by the designer's collection. The mussed up texture of the hair was equal parts Parisian chic and surfer girl.
The Low Pony: A hairstyle for both the chic and the girl who can't manage to learn how to fishtail braid her own hair, low ponytails were popping up everywhere during New York fashion week. In both straight and textured versions, hairstylists proved that the low ponytail is as versatile as it is achievable.
Jason Wu's low ponytails were created by Odile Gilbert for Kerastase, using pomade and a flat iron to keep the hair sleek. The best part of this pony? The rose gold hardware used to accent the base of the style.
Hairstylist Eugene Souleiman for Wella created the sleek and chic low ponytail at DKNY, upping the cool factor with a deep side part. For the shiny, put together look, Eugene applied Wella Professionals Oil Reflections through the hair to get rid of flyaways and make the light catch the shine on the runway.
Christian Siriano showed ideal beach waves pulled into a low ponytail, created by Anthony Cole, lead hairstylist for Sebastian. Cole layered matte and glossy products to give hair the ultimate texture and trick the eye into seeing many dimensions.
The sporty chic hair at Victoria Beckham was created by Guido Palau for Redken. The low pony was accented by a simple black headband, as Guido wanted the hair to be "modernly classic."
The New French: In an amazing display of manicures, we were ecstatic to find that nails were rarely bare at fashion week and, in fact, we found more nail art than anything else. The French manicure got a makeover for spring 2014, with interpretations falling from half moons to vertical stripes and in everything in between. For the girls who love nail art but can't quite manage a Picasso on such a tiny canvas, the New French is a simple look with high impact.
At Nicole Miller, Butter London's Katie Hughes created an ombre French manicure using The Black Knight lacquer at the tip of the nail and 444, a Fashion Week-exclusive gold glitter, at the midway mark on the nail for an ombre effect.
The nude and black French manicure at Carmen Marc Valvo was created by Morgan Taylor, with just a thin line of black polish at the tip of the nail for a chic look.
The half moon manicures at Peter Som were inspired by surfing, incorporating blues and greens into the nails. Zoya's forthcoming nail polishes Alexa and Edie were used to get the look, and manicurist Rebecca Isa says that the polishes are heavily pigmented for a color saturated finish.
At Christian Siriano, manicurist Lisa Logan went for a chic, structured look with Red Carpet Manicure's Fake Bake, White Hot and The Perfect Pair. Nude nails were given a stripe of color down the center of the nail, stopping just before the cuticle for a more geometric look.
Au Naturel: Editors backstage heard the words "fresh," "natural," "classic" and "minimal" more than a few times during New York Fashion Week, and it came to mean one thing: designers and makeup artists alike had an idea in mind of a gorgeous modern girl with a hectic lifestyle, who wakes up, runs out the door and looks perfect. While we all know that's not the case, here are the tricks to the "Au Naturel" look.
At BCBG, makeup artist Val Garland for Sephora applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Super Charged Foundation and Marc Jacobs Powder Featherweight Foundation (in a darker shade for a light contour) to get the skin just right. No one says natural beauty is easy.
At Alexandre Herchcovitch the models had fresh, dewy skin with pale pink lips and just a touch of mascara to complete their looks.
Tommy Hilfiger always shows off a natural and all-American girl, and this season was no different. With bare eyes, flushed cheeks and a soft pink lip, this is au naturel at it's finest.