NYFW FW16: The best beauty looks

NYFW FW16: The best beauty looks

Dark drama

Text: Renée Batchelor

Image: Nars

Get inspired by the lush, dramatic and romantic looks seen on the New York runways

Dark lips were certainly one of the standout looks on the New York runways. In different incarnations — from two-toned and wine-stained to almost black — there was a bold lip for every preference and level of derring-do. Elsewhere bold and quirky accents, from thickly-coated lashes to strands of hair falling over the entire face, added a twist to the usual beauty looks and brough a smirk to our faces.

1. Red-black Lips
The deep, wine shade seen on the models at Rodarte was a traditional look for Fall, that was modernised with a contasting, luminous complexion. To recreate the plush lips try Nars Audacious Lipstick in Liv and their Velvet Matte Pencil in Train Bleu. 


2. Seventies smoky
At Diane von Furstenberg, the models had a breezy 70's vibe, which extended beyond their floppy hats to their easy, flowing locks and their smoky eyes. Instead of black, elegant matte brown shadow was used to sculpt the eyes. 

Diane von Furstenberg

3. Deep side part
Tired of the same old centre or off-centre parts? Try this chic and startingly modern style seen at Karen Walker — we can picture it with fashion's 90's revival. The deep side part was lightly gelled down and contrasts with the natural texture of the rest of the hair.  

Karen Walker

4. Modern day Snow White 
We loved the look at Tanya Taylor because models looked like fresh, rosy versions of themselves. Load up on soft, cream blusher and a creamy pink lipstick, patted on imprecisely on the lips. Another must? Full, almost over-grown brows.

Tanya Taylor

5. Stringy hair
Okay, you don't actually want to go out with lank and greasy-looking locks, but we thought the hair in your eyes look at 3.1 Phillip Lim was kind of cool in an emo girl meets grunge goddess kind of way.

3.1 Phillip Lim

6. Marcel waves and black lipstick
Like silent film stars, the models sported sleek and sophsticated marcelled waves straight from the 1920s. Bringing the look firmly into 2016? Bold black liner and neatly painted on black lips —  which are quietly becoming one of the biggest trends of the year. Says François Nars who created the look "There are influences of Alice Cooper with a touch of punk and the feeling of the NY Underground." 

Marc Jacobs

7. Spider leg lashes
Taking clumpiness one step further, the lashes at the Jason Wu show were separated into four or five clusters, only on the upper lashline, and in contrast to an almost-bare face. Sure you'll use up your mascara a lot faster... but you'll look so cool doing it.

Jason Wu

8. Copper-pink eyes
It's hard to describe the shade of slightly pinkish-copper shadow that circled the eyes at Prabal Gurung and looked ever-so-slightly like a faded bruise. Surprisingly it worked with a variety of skin tones when tweaked slightly — the darker the complexion the more copper should be added to the shadow.

Prabal Gurung