NYFW Beauty Trend Recap | Backstage Beauty

Nordstrom National Beauty Director Loredana Grama and the Nordstrom Beauty Office identify the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways.

In a matter of eight days, our beauty team hit up 34 New York Fashion Week shows, grazing shoulders backstage with industry bigwigs the likes of Bobbi Brown, François NarsDeborah LippmannCharlotte Tilbury and Jin Soon Choiand taking notes on spring’s most popular makeup crazes.

BeautyTrendBareWhat stood out to them? For one, natural, effortless makeup that left the focus on inner beauty. Skin was fresh and radiant and eyes were often left bare, except for a swoosh of nude shadows here and there. If there was a pop of color, you can bet it was on the lips, like the pouts M·A·C Cosmetics sent down the runway for Zac Posen. Expect glowing complexions, mushroom-tinged shadows and undone brows come spring for an easy au naturale look.

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On the other end of the trend spectrum, spring came to life with soft color moments on eyes, cheeks, lips and nails. It was all about pops of pink, mint and coral, like Laura Mercier’s teal swoop that covered the whole eyelid at the Jenny Packham show. Build upon your bare face with bold eyeliner applied in modern minimalist fashion (like the inner/outer liner play seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim) and soft, colorful smoky eyes that veer more towards modern bohemian than ’80s rock. 

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