Could it be that the reign of no-makeup makeup is coming to an end? We don’t want to jinx it, but judging by the spring 2017 runways, most signs point to ‘yes.’ Backstage, the pros got creative with gloss, went wild on the nails, and even painted makeup on ears.
We were into all of it (well, maybe not that Hood by Air x PornHub collab…), but five trends really got our attention. Pastels on steroids, red lips reinvented, easy accessories, non-gothic black, and half-up hair. They’re a far cry from unbrushed bedhead and bare skin, but they’re still completely wearable — so the best of both worlds.
And can we just say, it feels damn good to have some color and glitter and barrettes in our lives again? Ahead, find the hair and makeup we’ll be wearing tomorrow through 2017. Whether you’re an EDC raver, a moody minimalist, or a total girly-girl, you’ll find yourself in one of these five looks.
The pastels that ruled the spring 2017 runways aren’t your typical baby blues, pinks, and purples. These Easter-egg colors are infused with glitter, brighter than ever, and worn in unexpected places. In other words: They’re just the right mix of sugar and spice.
At Alice + Olivia, lavender shadow looked more rock ‘n’ roll than middle school, thanks to its cool metallic finish.
“What happens when you take acid on the beach and reach into your makeup bag? This, according to Thom Browne. Backstage, makeup artist Sil Bruinsma mixed MAC Lip Mixes in Cyan and White for a “psychedelic, 60s beach look.”
At Ji-Oh, bleached brows are out; bright yellow ones are in.
Draping — or blushing from the temples to the apples — was happening in full force at Adam Selman, where makeup artists swept the same shade of punchy-pink on cheeks, eyes, and lips.
At Jeremy Scott, makeup artist Kabuki drew black pencil along the base of the lashes, then brushed sheer, shimmery purple shadow over the lids. “It should feel smoky,” he said. ” You want to see a gradation, so that there’s an airbrushed feel. That’s what makes it ’80s.”
How do you make red lipstick feel exciting again? Make it ombré, make it neon, make it dark and glittery.
At Jason Wu, Yadim, who described the look as fit “for a girl going to a rave,” layered and blurred Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid lipstick in Orange Shot and Color Blur lip pencil in Cherry Cherry Bang Bang with his fingers.
A fail-proof Friday night look, courtesy of Carolina Herrera: fluorescent red lips, black smoky eyes, and slicked-back hair. Who said you couldn’t wear bold eyes and lips at once?
Pat McGrath won the New York Fashion Week lip game at DKNY, where she used her sell-outLust 004 kit to create a glittery, burgundy-brown mouth. “It’s all about your lip being your jewelry,” she said. “It’s the modern way to wear a lip with a bare face.”
Half-up hair, our favorite romantic style, had its moment on the runways. Tory Burch delivered the classic take: center part, soft waves, and loose, face-framing pieces.
Yeehaw! The hair at Anna Sui was partly inspired by cowgirls, and we’re way into the Wild West vibes of a wind-blown, half-up beehive.
To copy the architectural version of the style shown at Marchesa, you need to first straighten your hair within an inch of its life. Then, section off a large chunk from the center of the hairline (you’ll come back to it later). Take the remaining hair from each side, smooth some styling cream through it, and brush the two sections tightly to the back of the head — securing in place with pins. Comb the remaining hair over the top and finish with a strong-hold hairspray, using pins wherever necessary to lock it all into place.
If you’re a dark soul who hates being told spring is for sunny color and can’t bother with glossy, glittery red lips, you’re in luck because this trend only requires a kohl pencil. It’s the truest version of the Kate-Moss, slept-in-my-makeup look: bare, blush-free skin, bare lips, smudgy, mascara-free eyes — demonstrated to a T at Narciso Rodriguez.
The lines were sharp and pitch-black at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
When you can’t be bothered to wash your hair the day after, but your cat-eye is still going strong.
As you’ve probably noticed, this isn’t the look to pair with a big blowout. Cool, undone strands are the way to go.
We’re suckers for a chic accessory, and we got our fix at the spring shows. One we’ll definitely be shopping for? The checkered headband — kind of Rosie-the-Riveter-meets-NYC-girl — at Lela Rose.
Bet you haven’t thought to use your belt as a hair tie, like we saw at Tibi.
That black headband you relegate to face-washing use only? It’s ready to get more action. With a bun and statement earrings, like at Creatures of the Wind, it becomes art-school cool.
At Rodarte, hairstylist Odile Gilbert imagined a hairstyle that looked like something a kid created. She clipped barrettes dripping in tulle and other fabrics at the back of the head haphazardly. If only we thought to do that at the tender age of eight…
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