3 beauty lessons to take from New York Fashion Week and adopt right now  

Backstage at Michael Kors A/W 17
Backstage at Michael Kors A/W 17 Credit: Rex

From the glittery blue eye at Anna Sui to the fluffy lashes seen at Marc Jacobs and the plethora of rich burgundy lips that we’ve come to expect for autumn/winter, New York didn’t disappoint on the beauty front for next season. While a lot of the looks were best kept to the catwalks, there were several lessons to take from the tricks and techniques used backstage. Here are our top three...

Take a bow

Backstage at Tory Burch A/W 17 Credit: Rex

Reams of ribbon were seen at both Tory Burch and Marchesa. Hair stylist Guido Palau finished the low ponytails with a velvet ribbon at Tory Burch. “A very low kind of shape gives it a nod to a romantic woman. There’s something nonchalantly chic about it,” Palau told WWD backstage. At Marchesa, hair stylist Antonio Corral Calero dressed up messy chignons with oversized, structured ribbon bows. Rather than feeling overly youthful or girly, the use of ribbon at both shows gave the hair a touch of elegance.

A pink romance

Backstage at Altuzarra A/W 17 Credit: Rex

Two make-up artist maestros employed diffused pink tones across the eyes and cheeks to achieve a romantic elegance that is only attainable with the girly hue. At Altuzarra, Tom Pecheux used MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Into the Pink and buffed it into lids and cheeks, while Gucci Westman created an equally soft dusting of the shade at Marchesa. While you might not be ready to embrace eyes and cheeks in one look straight away, it’s definitely time to dig out your blusher.

Backstage at Marchesa A/W 17 Credit: Sean Cunningham

Grown-up grunge

Grunge isn’t a word many of us want to associate our makeup with, but it was tossed about a lot backstage. That’s not to say you should stop washing your hair or chuck out anything that’s not black. Instead takeaway the slight nuances from a couple of the shows.

Backstage at Jill Stuart A/W 17 Credit: Rex

For example, the burgundy lipstick at Jill Stuart had more of a stained effect with the depth of the colour focused on the middle of the lips. Blurred edges, rather than precise lines, are not only easier to achieve, but they can also give the illusion of fuller, plumper lips.

Backstage at Alexander Wang A/W 17 Credit: Instagram / Diane Kendal

The worn-in kohl liner at Alexander Wang also gave a nod to the 90s grunge era. Swapping your liquid liner for a blendable kohl formula, such as Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner, £19, can be much more flattering, especially if you’re concerned with hooding or sagging eyelids.

 

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