NYFW SS16: We pick the ten best beauty looks

NYFW SS16: We pick the ten best beauty looks

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Text: Renée Batchelor

New York Fashion Week saw its fair share of makeup and hair we couldn't wait to try — the best litmus test in our opinion. Here we present our edit of the top ten beauty trends

When it comes to beauty and hair at Fashion Week, many designers err on the side of caution. Which is why you'll see the no-makeup makeup look, beachy waves and nude nails on repeat. But for the daring few designers that used hair, makeup and nails to elevate their collections, the rewards were aplenty. From the shimmery disco eyes at Diane Von Furstenberg to the bouncy waves at Carolina Herrera, here are the looks that stood out for us.

1. The fresh face/red lips at Jason Wu
Makeup artist Yadim skipped foundation on the models — we love the unexpected contrast between their fresh and freckled skin and the rich, red lipstick. With the hair scraped back, just so, the look is compellingly modern. 

Jason Wu

2. The sporty-sexy braid at Public School
The perfect accompaniment to the sportswear gone chic clothes, models sported long and sleek braids that were equal parts athletic and polished. 

Public School

3. The matching pops of colour at Monique Lhuillier
Here the makeup artists paired bright liner on the eyes with the French tips of the models' manicures, for a blink and you'll miss the connection effect.

Monique Lhuillier

4. The deep side part at DKNY
At first glance, the hairstyle might seem simple, but trust hair genius Eugene Souleiman to execute this to perfection. He's achieved the perfect balance between the lightly-gelled top and the super glossy ends for an elegant approximation of rich girl hair.


5. The striking teal liner at Jenny Packham
What could be a trashy combination — blue on the eyes and red on the lips — looks fresh and now, thanks to a light-handed approach: just a flick of liner and precisely-applied lippie worn on luminous skin.

Jenny Packham

6. The mod-chic waves at Carolina Herrera
Like real life dolls, the models sashayed down the runway in perfectly-formed, S-shaped waves: beauteous, bouncy and Barbie-approved.

Carolina Herrera

7. The graphic liner/wine lips at Anna Sui
We love the look of this negative space liner that seems almost stencilled on. Bonus: it looks great on single eyelids. And pairing it with rich, burgundy lips ups the sophistication.

Anna Sui

8. The magenta lips at Marchesa
Sometimes you just have to let your lips do the talking. Surprisingly, this bold, hot pink shade works on many different complexions. 


9. The disco eyes at Diane Von Furstenberg
With a blend of aqua, blue and peacock feather-inspired shimmer on their eyes, the girls at DVF certainly stood out. Love how the colours were subtly tweaked to be flattering on different skin tones.

Diane Von Furstenberg

10. The pretty pretty at Rodarte
While no one would accuse the designing duo of Kate and Laura Mulleavy of being commercial, this beauty look is certainly user-friendly. Beautiful, glowing skin and subtly highlighted features take centre stage, while the hair (and slightly askew accessories) are just this side of imperfect to be too precious.