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While, sure, the clothes are inspiring during Fashion Week, it’s the beauty that’s perhaps more fun, given the fact that the trends we spot are immediately wearable—and likely more economical.
There’s a lot to be excited about for Spring 2016—cool ponytails! graphic eye liner! nail art (again)!—and the majority of beauty trends are surprisingly easy to pull off, both next season and right now.
Below the 10 most wearable hair and makeup trends from the Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week shows.
Velvet Lips: While bold lipstick is nothing new – and we all love a good matte look – making your lips almost velvet in texture was a recurring theme on the runway. At Jason Wu, makeup artist Yadim for Maybelline patted a bit of blush right onto the lip as the finishing touch to really take the matte finish to the next level. We saw the same intense style at Cushnie et Ochs and Badgley Mischka.
Upgraded Ponytails: This genius style from Adam Selman is easy to execute (we all did it in grade school!) but looks sophisticated due to it’s use of cool fabric. Ponytails were also seen styled simply this season with ribbons at Oscar de la Renta or high on the head at Kate Spade with black fabric twisted around the base. Basically, the easiest solution to upgrade a boring ponytail is to add a fabric accessory, ASAP.
The Resurgence of Nail Art: While we all love a great neutral manicure, subtle nail art made it’s way back to the runway in the form of stripes and updated French tips. If you’re into a little flare on your fingertips, try the look from Tibi which was a play on the French with a segmented bright tip, pictured above.
Textured, Messy Buns: The imperfect bun is nothing new, but this season hairstylists at countless shows insisted on raking their fingers through the hair to get imperfect lines, instead of using brushes. Use this technique now to get that easy, textured look when pulling your hair back into a bun, like we saw at Katie Ermilio, Tory Burch and Edun. Then, secure it into a knot at the base and pin into place.
Braids, Braids, Braids: We can no longer call braids a trend, as they’re now a tried-and-true staple in every girl’s beauty routine, but each Fashion Week the hair pros show us a new way to switch ’em up. This season, it was all about the face-framing braids, pictured above at Herve Leger. Starting at the crown of the head, this French braid was pulled down across the forehead letting a few pieces fall out to give it a softer feel.
Blue Eyed Girls: Blue hues were everywhere this season, used in just delicate strokes of liner to full-on splashes of color across the lid. But, Pat McGrath’s “butterfly inspired” look at DVF stole our hearts, and convinced us that blue is the warmest color. If you’re not quite brave enough for the shade yet in all of it’s glory, instead try it in just a dash of liner, like artists did for Monique Lhuillier.
Easy, Effortless Hair: For the Spring 2016 season, effortless was in. While we all know that the bedhead look actually requires more than just getting out of bed, we want to start rocking this “cool girl” hair ASAP. Seen at Derek Lam, Rodarte and Coach, the key to this look is always blow drying with fingers, never a brush.
Bottom Liner: Typically we love a great cat-eye or fun flick of color on the top lash line, but it’s time to play up the bottom lash line according to the spring runways. Seen at shows such as Ohne Titel, Christian Siriano and Pamella Roland, this move is an easy switch no matter which color you choose.
Flushed Cheeks: Playing up our blush can occasionally get cast aside in favor of a strong contour, but we saw flushed cheeks come back with a vengeance, and we’re here for it. Everyone loves a little healthy flush, like we spotted at Vivienne Tam and Narciso Rodriguez.
Hearty Headbands: Headbands were quite substantial on this season’s runways, but that makes it easier for us to hide our flyaways, so we’re definitely jumping on this trend. Spotted at Suno (with an awesome, chunky braid), 3.1 Phillip Lim, Erin Fetherston, and Naeem Khan we’re using these thick bands to update all of our hairstyles – from ponytails, to braids, to buns.