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New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has returned, and with the new collections on the runway comes a deluge of beauty inspiration for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. From slicked-back buns to smoldering eyeshadow, these beauty looks offer several hair and makeup ideas that you can easily recreate at home. Plus, the products used for each look can be found wherever you shop for beauty. Here, a glimpse into some of the beauty looks that caught our eyes so far at NYFW.
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1. The drugstore hairspray behind the “rosie twist” bun at Christian Siriano
Roses were the romantic muse behind the “rosie twist” bun at the Christian Siriano Fall/Winter 2023 show. “We were inspired by the hand-crafted floral accents found throughout the collection to echo this in the hair by creating a rose-like twist, with a ‘stem’ of hair weaving down the crown of the head, meeting the rose-like bun in the back,” Lacy Redway, Unilever stylist and celebrity hair artist, explained in a statement.
To hold the look in place, Redway leaned on the Tresemmé Freeze Hold Hair Spray. The styling product claims to work on all hair types and textures as a means to prevent frizz and keep hairstyles intact.
2. The colorful eyeshadow at Prabal Gurung
A sea of colors and textures strutted down the runway at Prabal Gurung, and there was a bold makeup look to accompany each outfit. Makeup artist Sil Bruinsma created three “Tribal Punk!” looks, and one of them involved a bold wash of color above the eyes and on the brows.
M.A.C. pigment in “Basic Red” (true bluish red) was applied “in a painterly gesture” on lighter complexions while the shade “Can’t Afford This” (terracotta orange) from the Art Library: It’s Designer Eyeshadow Palette was used on darker skin tones.
3. The hair products behind the sleek bun at Jason Wu
For Jason Wu’s Fall/Winter 2023 runway show, hairstylist and Olaplex ambassador Jimmy Paul opted for “90s-inspired sleek buns with deep side-parts.” “I wanted to create a look of modern individualism, while also being sexy, cinematic and moody,” Paul shared in a statement. “Each model has a look of intense confidence, reflective of a new, edgy mood this season for Jason Wu as compared to last season—which was a bit more fragile and softer.”
To achieve the look, Paul used the Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother and the No. 7 Bonding Oil “to create a protected, smooth and shiny base for the bun.” After gathering the hair for the bun at the nape of the neck, Paul used the No. 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum to give the hair a wet-looking finish. “This is an effortlessly sexy and edgy look that will translate easily from the runway to everyday wear,” Paul stated.
4. The eye makeup behind the edgy look at L’Agence
Celebrity makeup artist and Stila Cosmetics Head of Global Artistry, Charlie Riddle, went with “slept-in liner paired with perfected skin and sultry nudes” for the makeup look at the L’Agence Fall 2023 Presentation. The look’s aim was to add an “edgy juxtaposition” to the myriad prints and sequins that comprised the fall collection.
For the sultry, smoldering eye, Riddle reached for the Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette and the Smudge Pot, the latter of which doubles as both an eyeliner and eyeshadow. To define the eyes, he used the Stay All Day ArtiStix Micro Liner in “Matte Black, ” a fine-tipped eyeliner with a creamy formula and a matte finish and a wash of the soon-to-launch Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow Sheer Nudes. The look concluded with a helping of the Huge Extreme Lash Mascara “for an ink-like, dramatic flutter.”
5. The beauty brand behind the nostalgic makeup at LaQuan Smith
At LaQuan Smith’s Fall/Winter 2023 Runway Show, makeup artist Raisa Flowers looked to beauty trends of the past. “This makeup look is a modern twist on ’80s beauty, inspired by the beloved TV series ‘Dynasty,'” Flowers explained in a statement. That in mind, eyes were adorned with a sharp cat-eye and a “smoky under-eye.” For the base, skin was given a matte finish “with a luminous glow and velvet texture.”
To create this nostalgic look, Flowers teamed up with Huda Beauty. The artist defined eyes with the Naughty Nude Eyeshadow Palette, the Empowered Eyeshadow Palette, a flick of the Life Liner Quick ‘n Easy Precision Liquid Eye Liner and the new Creamy Kohl Longwear Eye Pencil that is set to arrive in stores on February 27. The Legit Lashes Double-Ended Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara was leaned on to define lashes.
For a glowing, matte canvas, Flowers used the Faux Filter Matte Foundation and Concealer, along with the TikTok-beloved Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder. The Cheeky Tint Blush Stick was responsible for a subtle tint of color on the cheeks and the Power Bullet Cream Glow Lipstick added color to the lips.
6. The lip products at Sandy Liang
Depending on the outfit, the lip colors at Sandy Liang went three ways: dark red, vampy black or au naturale, stated makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez. “My inspiration for this look is something super pretty and playful but also super mean,” he added. “This look embodies the grundy, sad, pretty girl energy. She is a man-eater but very feminine, not aggressive.”
To create these color combinations that fall on opposite sides of the color wheel, Gutierrez used the Ilia Color Block Lipstick in “True Red” (red with cool undertones) for the models that wore red and the Clean Liquid Liner in “Midnight Express” paired with the Lip Wrap Reviving Balm for those wearing all black. Meanwhile, the rest of the models kept their lips as-is color-wise but were treated to coats of the Lip Wrap Reviving Balm and the Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment “for a hydrated, kissable lip.”
7. The makeup line behind the dewy base at Christian Cowan
The makeup looks at Christian Cowan made it clear that dewy skin is here to stay for fall/winter 2023. Smashbox Global Pro Lead Artist, Lori Taylor Davis, was at the helm of all things makeup at the show. “What’s old is new again,” Davis said in a statement. “And what’s dull is gone. We’re transmuting a genuine glow from within – quite literally, with long-wearing performance and skin-first ingredients stealing the show. We’re still cocktailing, layering and creating art—it just feels more authentic. You can’t see where the skin ends and the makeup begins.”
To make the illuminating complexion come alive, Davis started by prepping the skin with the Photo Finish Primerizer+ Hydrating Face Primer and the Photo Finish Illuminate Glow Face Primer. Then, Davis went in with the Photo Finish Foundation Primer to minimize the look of pores.
Once skin was prepped, Davis applied the Halo Plumping Dew Illuminating Moisturizer, which claims to provide hydration and supply skin with “a bright, illuminated look.” The complexion routine concluded with the Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer, which promises to give skin “natural-looking dewy coverage that hydrates skin for up to 24 hours.” The under-eyes were also given a brightening treatment with the Smashbox x Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector and the new Halo Healthy Glow Concealer that has yet to be released.
The cheeks and the contours of the face were treated to a subtle, radiant enhancement as well. The Halo Sheer To Stay Cream Cheek + Lip Tints were used to create “a soft, natural flush” on the cheeks. Skin was subtly sculpted with the Cali Contour Blush, Highlighter & Bronzer Palette.
8. The hair products used to create the literary-inspired looks at Thom Browne
The literary fantasies of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry came alive at Thom Browne. Each model was dressed according to a character from Saint-Exupéry’s beloved novel, “The Little Prince.” Hairstylist James Pecis relied on a variety of products from Oribe to keep the looks in place.
To create the Little Prince’s signature blonde, spiky mane (shown above on left), Pecis started off by spraying the hair with the Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, then put either the hair or wig in rollers to create the Little Prince’s spiky hair. Pecis rounded out the look with the Superfine Hair Spray.
The story’s snake also came alive via another hairstyle. Hair was divided into two ponytails on the back of the head, then molded into braids using the brand’s Rock Hard Gel and some wires. For a slinking snake effect, Pecis knotted the braids together and enveloped them around the head.
9. The hairstyling tools behind the wet hair look at Altuzarra
For the Altuzarra runway show, hairstylist Jawara conjured up two looks: the “side part wet look” (shown in both photos above) and the “flat twist.” For the “side part wet look,” hair was parted to the side, with the high point of the left brow serving as the reference point. To create the illusion of wet hair, he soaked the hair using a combination of water, sea-salt spray and thickening mousse. Once hair was saturated, Jawara combed the hair starting at the roots to the ends with the Dyson Paddle Brush.
Then, he created finger waves beginning at “the part to the top of the ear.” The styling process concluded by drying the hair with the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer using the brand’s diffuser attachment.
10. The makeup line behind the smoky eye at Veronica Beard
At Veronica Beard, eye makeup nodded to a classic: the moody, smoky eye. Romy Soleimani, Bobbi Brown Global Artist in Residence, turned to a litany of nude eyeshadows and a dark brown eyeliner to create the timeless look.
The Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in “Chocolate Truffle” defined the eyes and the Real Nudes Eyeshadow Palettes in “Golden Nudes” and “Stonewashed Nudes” dressed up the lids, along with the Luxe Eyeshadow in “Sun Dip” and the Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks in the shades “Cinnamon” (dark red-brown) “Bark” (rich brown) and “Golden Bronze” (deep bronze sugar). The Smokey Eye Mascara, a volumizing formula that intends to lengthen each lash, finished off the look.
11. The styling products behind the slicked-back look at Luar
Evanie Frausto, lead hairstylist for Bumble and Bumble, brought all things volume and drama to the looks at Luar. One of three hairstyles for the show was billed as “slicked-back chic.” Frausto started off by prepping the hair with the Bb. Bond-Building Repair Oil Serum “to add hydration, add smoothness and seal the cuticles.” For the hair’s wet finish, Frausto reached for the Bb. Sumogel, a styling product designed for all hair types and textures that promises to give strands “high shine and long-lasting hold.”
When is New York Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2023?
New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is held every year in New York City in February for the fall and winter collections, and in September to reveal the spring and summer collections. This year, the New York Fashion Week shows for the fall and winter seasons take place from Friday, February 10 to Wednesday, February 15, with runway shows from Christian Siriano and Victor De Souza held before the official kickoff, on the evening of Thursday, February 9.
What is New York Fashion Week?
Held twice a year, New York Fashion Week is deemed as the official opportunity for American designers to unveil their sartorial creations in front of editors, celebrities and clients. Fashion weeks are also held in London, Paris and Milan.
Where is New York Fashion Week held?
Currently, the shows call Spring Studios their home base. In the past, they were held at New York City landmarks, such as Lincoln Center from 2010 to 2015 and in the white tents at Bryant Park from 1993 to 2009.
What is the New York Fashion Week schedule?
The start of the Council of Fashion Designer’s of America(CFDA) Calendar for the fall/winter season began with the Rodarte show on Friday, February 10. This season will wrap up with a runway show from Luar, who was named the CFDA 2022 accessory designer of the year, on Wednesday, February 15. In between the week’s start and end, designers such as Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch, Coach and Gabriela Hearst will also present.
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