NYFW SS18: The coolest beauty looks

NYFW SS18: The coolest beauty looks

Experiments in beauty

Text: Renée Batchelor

Whether it's a new twist on the braid or graphic words drawn on your eyes, trust the New York runways to bring you fresh, inspired hair and makeup trends

We did have to sift through quite a few variations of the natural, glowing skin and dishevelled waves look that seems ubiquitous on the runways, but in the end New York came through. Several shows had interesting looks that struck the balance between quirkiness and wearability perfectly, while others showcased just the right amount of restraint when it came to makeup that felt appealingly modern to us. Here's a round-up of our best picks.

1. The hipster braids at Calvin Luo
We've seen many a braid in our time, but the ones at Calvin Luo had a cute twist. Starting at the crown and hanging over the ears — they were slightly messy, but in a controlled way. Also, instead of just two or a single braids, models sported three braids in total, with the back being plaited as well, for an unexpected spin on prairie girl chic. The gorgeous highlight on the cheekbones was the bonus.

Calvin Luo

2. The pop of vermillion orange at Tracy Reese
Singaporean model Vivien Patanaude represents at Tracy Reese and we are in love with this combination of a smooth, almost creamy complexion and lush, heavily-pigmented orange lips. Notice how there's neither eyeliner or mascara but that the model still looks so awake and almost sultry?
 Tracy Reese

3. The hot pink eyes at Brock Collection
Serving up a hot trend in a pared-down way, we like how the makeup artists didn't go overboard on the bold colour, opting for a slightly sheer version and avoiding eyeliner altogether. The pink in her lip reflects the same shade as her eyes, but the imprecise application, and the casual twist in her hair makes it look refreshingly uncontrived.

Brock Collection

4. The crystal appliqués at Jeremy Scott
It's not for everyone, but we think this looks lands on the right side of tasteful. With a faces that were almost scrubbed-clean — look how angelic Gigi Hadid looks — the crystal stickers and some seriously fierce, orange talons are making the statement here.

Jeremy Scott

5. A halo of curls at Jonathan Simkhai
Just when we thought we had seen it all, this airy, ethereal, almost scupltural nest of curls made its runway debut and wowed. The key to attaining this look? Volume and lift at the crown, tonnes of strong-hold hairspray and a whole dose of devil-may-care confidence. 

Jonathan Simkhai

6. The eyes that spoke volumes at Concept Korea
Trust Korea, known for its beauty innovation to serve up this spectacular eye look. With phrases like 'Perfectly Imperfect' stencilled onto the models' lids, as well as graphic two-tone lip — only the lower lip was painted a pop of fuchsia — this felt cool and rebellious in the best way. It was almost like taking the slogan tee to the next level. 

Concept Korea

7. The socialite-level red mouth at Badgley Mischka
This red lip oozed expensive glamour in the best way. With a velvety, matte texture and a chic ponytail, little else was needed to create a showstopping combination.

Badgley Mischka

8. The feathered, turquoise eyes at Jarel Zhang
First, we loved the powdery pastels used on the eyes, and the edgy application — makeup artists applied it all the way into the inner socket — that gave it a graphic, 'fashion' twist. Raw, yet radiant skin was the bonus.

Jarel Zhang

9. The biker girl liner at Tom Ford
Maybe it's the leather jacket, but the model below is giving us serious motorcycle gang member vibes with her tough, but sexy eye makeup. Despite looking almost nonchalant, note the polished complexion and groomed brows that make this inky liner work.

Tom Ford

10. The dreamy blue and green eyes at Tadashi Shoji
Looking for a new way to wear colour on your lids? We dig this creative pairing of sheer, seafoam green shadow on the lids and inner corners and bright pop of blue liner lining the lower lids. It's an almost '80s colour combination done in a very 2017 way.

Tadashi Shoji