10 New York Fashion Week Beauty Looks You Can Actually Wear

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The clothes may be ready-to-wear, but we can’t always say the same about the beauty looks at New York Fashion Week. Often a little too avant garde for the standard 9 to 5, we usually think about runway beauty as inspiration, toning it down for real life. But at this week’s Spring 2016 shows, the runway beauty looks were all about fresh, natural and wearable hair and makeup. From bold lip colors to pretty braids to approachable nail art, these are the 10 most gorgeous looks from NYFW that we’re ready to try right now.

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Fun lip colors at Badgley Mischka.
This look had a bit of contour, but that created the perfect canvas for this super bright pink lipstick. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux used two different colors of MAC Matte Liquid Lipcolour, Rich and Restless and To Matte With Love, blended together to get these vibrant, youthful, and eye-catching lips.

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Hair ribbons at Oscar De La Renta.
If you can blow-dry, you can recreate this simple, pretty ponytail from the runway: black ribbon adds a bit of elegance to the standard low pony. In fact, Redken Global Creative Director Guido says that this little accessory made the look even more “romantic and feminine.” To give the look a bit of volume, Guido applied Redken’s Blow-Dry Lotion ($19, redken.com) near the roots before drying the hair with a round brush and creating a smooth, silky texture.

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Colorful, negative space nail art at TIBI.
Superstar manicurist Jin Soon Choi created these monochromatic manicures for the models at the TIBI runway show, proving that nail art idoesn’t have to be overpowering to be fun. As long as you’ve got a bright lacquer hue and a steady enough hand to paint on two stripes, you’re good to go. The negative space in the center is the key to making this look cute and fun.

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Dewy, glowy makeup at Banana Republic.
Peaches and cream was the descriptor that makeup artist Sarah Lucero for Stila Cosmetics used to describe the classiclook at Banana Republic’s NYFW presentation. She stuck with that same peachy color family with shadow, eyeliner, and blush, and then applied a coral lipstick. She finished off the look with a whole lot of mascara to get those gorgeous, fluttery lashes. Forget waiting for Spring—we want to wear this now.

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Messy waves at Derek Lam.
The hair inspiration at this runway show was literally “I don’t care, but I do,” which is exactly how we feel every single morning. Hairstylist Orlando Pita for PHYTO Paris/BaByliss Pro USA straightened the hair with a curling iron, which created this gorgeous texture. After applying a combo PHYTO Huile Supreme Rich Smoothing Oil ($40, sephora.com) and PHYTO Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil ($40, sephora.com) he twisted the hair into a bun to let it set. After about 10 minutes, he undid the bun and ran his fingers through the hair to give it a tousled, messy look.

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Metallic shadow and rosy cheeks at Carolina Herrera.
Break out that metallic palette! A shimmery hue was applied to the lids and blended to the brow bone to get this pretty, fresh look. Two pink blushes in complimentary colors were layered on the cheeks for the perfectly flushed look, while a bit of highlighter on the cheekbones and brow bones added that extra glow.

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Nude nails at Vera Wang.
This manicure trend isn’t going anywhere, but nail pro Jin Soon Choi gave it a flattering update at the Vera Wang Spring 2016 runway show with a rosy beige hue, Nostalgia ($18, nordstrom.com)—a color she says will look good on all skin tones.

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Single braids at Proenza Schouler.
We’re always excited over pretty plaits on the runway, but even more so when we can actually recreate them. As long as you can manage a clean and neat 3-strand braid, the look debuted at Proenza Schouler should be no problem. Hairstylist Anthony Turner for Bumble and bumble dampened the hair with the brand’s Prep Spray ($22, bumbleandbumble.com) and the Thickening Hairspray ($15, bumbleandbumble.com) before rough drying the hair with his hands to give it texture.

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Bold blue nail polish at Jenny Packham.
Give your reds and pinks a rest and try out a bold blue like the models wore at Jenny Packham. Manicurist Rita Remark for essie applied two coats of butler please ($8.50, essie.com) before finishing off with top coat.

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Neon pink lips and luminous skin at Marchesa.
Now you don’t have to try this at home, but to get this gorgeous shade of matte pink, makeup artist Gucci Westman actually combined 4 different colors of lip products. Ready for the rundown? She used two shades of MAC liquid lipstick,  To Matte With Love and Personal Statement, as well as two lipsticks Girl About Town ($17, bloomingdales.com) and Flat Out Fabulous ($17, bloomingdales.com) to get the final look. The easier, IRL version of this makeup creation would be to concentrate on that sheen with highlighter on the cheekbones and swipe on one perfect matte pink lipstick. Doable, right?

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