Relaxed locks: Models looked beach-bound with easy, breezy waves worthy of a seaside afternoon, but suitable for any season. They looked great on gals with long hair as well as those with chin-length cuts. (Above: Free-flowing waves on the Tommy Hilfiger runway. Photo courtesy of the brand.)
Tip: When blow-drying hair, slip a sock diffuser over the dryer nozzle. The stretchy, lightweight fabric will prevent heat damage and keep hair from frizzing. Then mist hair with a seasalt spray and scrunch between fingers to achieve loose waves.
A fresh face: Cosmetics at many shows were simple: a little foundation and concealer for coverage, a defined brow, a light lip and a sweep of something soft across the eyelids. Some makeup artists even sent models out onto the runway without mascara or blush. (Above: A minimal makeup look and checkerboard manicure at Opening Ceremony. Photo courtesy of the brand.)
“Less is more, and sometimes the most beautiful,” said Colleen Runne, makeup artist for the Clover Canyon runway show.
Tip: Dust Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Color ($30 at www.shiseido.com) across your skin for a glowing halo effect. Instead of eyeshadow, make lip balm do double duty by tapping some on the eyelids. “It just adds a little bit of accent to bring out the eyes,” Ms. Runne said.
Nearly nude manicure: While we love an eccentric nail art look (and there were plenty to be seen at New York Fashion Week), there’s no need to bog done your beauty bag with a bunch of nail polishes. Stick with something neutral that will complement any outfit and can be easily touched up on the go. “It looks finished without being overly done,” celebrity manicurist and Pittsburgh native Casey Herman said.
Tip: Try Rainbow polish by China Glaze (pictured above; photo by Matthew Carasella/SocialShutterbug.com) to give nails a healthy glow with a hint of iridescence. The brand is carried by J.C. Penney salons, Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta Beauty. Another option is the Naked Manicure Kit by Zoya (starts at $30 at zoya.com) that helps repair and strengthen nails while enhancing their natural look.
Knotted up: Effortless beauty came to a head -- literally -- thanks to the messy knot. Tousled hair pinned back in a not-so-perfect updo was the ultimate sexy-meets-sophisticated hairstyle on the runway.
Tip: Stylists for Redken backstage at Tory Burch prepped models’ hair (pictured above; photo courtesy of Redken) with the brand’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer (protects hair from heat, helps reduce breakage and boosts volume) and a quarter-size amount of Stay High 18 high-hold, gel-to-mousse applied to damp hair before blow-drying. For something quick, pull hair back into a low pony and twist it into a disheveled knot at the nape of the neck, leaving a few strands out of place.
A touch of sparkle: Metallic touches turned up in lots of makeup looks in unusual ways. There were gold accents on lips at Son Jung Wan (pictured above; photo by Rodin Banica), bold glitter eyeshadow at Creatures of the Wind and jewels placed at the inner corners of models’ eyes at Givenchy, to name a few.
Tip: Take this trend from the runway to real life by tweaking it for everyday. Rather than the 1980s-worthy glitter eyeshadow, opt for something more subtle (a pale gold or cream, perhaps) with a barely-there glint in it, or finish lips with a sheer gloss with a slight shimmer. Sephora and Ulta Beauty, or even the local drugstore, are good go-to places to find something sparkly.
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