Kate’s Take: NYFW Spring 2015 Beauty Trends


Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, recaps her trip to New York Fashion Week and shares the top beauty trends coming down the runway (and product picks to start trying now!).

Michael Kors, Kate Spade

1950s all-American. 1960s jet-setter. 1970’s Pop Art. These were just a few of the inspirations we heard backstage as we headed to Fashion Week for our biannual beauty adventure. Read on for a summary of the new beauty looks, trends and techniques we saw (plus a retrospective of my various hairstyles over the past week—because when you’re dressed in all-black, your most unique accessory quickly becomes your hair. And shoes).

BCBG, Vera Wang

No-Makeup-Makeup Gets a Hint of Color
With the influx of #iwokeuplikethis selfies, it’s no surprise we saw fresh faces with minimal makeup. Prepping the face was key, so moisturizers were used not only before makeup was applied but also during and after to create a dewy glow. Neutral tones were used on eyes (and often cheeks and lips, too), and ranged from velvety nudes and pearl glosses to golden taupes and bronzes. And the very welcome sight of violet and rose tones also made an appearance on lips and eyes: pinks and purples (and even hints of cherry!) were the perfect accent to a neutral palette.

Try it Now:
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Honey
Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Satin Matte Eye Color in Sensual Pink
Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in #14
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink
M·A·C Lipstick in M·A·C red

Honor, Rebecca Minkoff

Artists Hit the Beach
From pastels to brights and watercolor to Rothko, vacation-inspired blues and corals had us ready to dive into spring (and summer!). Eye shadow ranged from saturated, matte blues to washes of sheer citron, inspired by ocean hues—and was even evocative of broken sea glass at Monique Lhuillier. Lips and nails sported super-juiced colors in fruity tones of watermelon, tomato and coral, most in matte or velvet textures, applied with a brush and without liner (though still well-defined and fully saturated).

Try it Now:
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Angel
NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Celebrate
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Impassioned
Trish McEvoy Lip Color in Kisses

Altuzarra, Carolina Herrara

Nails, Simplified
Sheer and opaque nude (and white) nails definitely ruled the runway for spring, while subtle accents added just enough newness—and went way beyond the ring finger! We loved the use of a simple graphic, such as a thin metallic strip (or tiny stud) on one nail, or a neutral color with a new texture (think porcelain!). If you prefer a hit of color, you’ll love the vivid geraniums and chili peppers—this new take on red was bold, shiny, and looked really fresh with minimal makeup.

Try it Now:
Guerlain Nail Lacquer in La Petite Robe Noire or Nahema
Christian Louboutin Nail Polish in The Nudes or Rouge Louboutin
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Rose Moiré or April
JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Polka White or Coquette
All Nordstrom Nail Polish

Alexander Wang, Michael Kors

Ones to Watch
— Bold, graphic eyeliner in geometric shapes: Think Vs and squared-off edges (at Ralph Rucci and Herve Leger)
— Face and brow sculpting: Easier than it sounds and amazing results (Creatures of the Wind)
— Hat-head: Messy hairstyles with low ponytails, loose buns and side-swept bangs (Derek Lam, Zero & Maria Cornejo)
— Negative space on nails: Thin metallic strips or designs, naked nails with colored moons, and the “double French” were all spotted (Tadashi Shoji, Sophie Theallet)
— Best of all, the rule-breakers: Lipstick used as eye shadow at Derek Lam, mascara as eyeliner (dotted on with a brush) at Jil Saunder and even pastel eye shadow on brows at Badgley Mischka. Artistic innovation reminded us that trends are always up for interpretation, anything goes, and you really can wear it your way!

One last thing: My week in hairstyles, a retrospective. 🙂


And that’s my take!

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