The Best Beauty Looks From NYFW

Plus, experts share how to recreate them.

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The Best Beauty Looks From NYFW

Summer is nearing an end but thanks to New York Fashion Week, we’re already looking forward to the spring/summer '23 season. While we’ll have to wait several months before we can wear the physical clothes, thankfully we can recreate the beauty trends right now. Every season we’re inspired by the hair and makeup looks we spot backstage, so we decided to ask the experts behind them for the if-you-know-you-know tips, tricks, and products needed to nail the look.

Tip #1: For a sleek smokey eye, Q-tips are necessary.

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At Jason Wu, lead makeup artist Diane Kendal paired a modern, '60s-inspired winged smokey eye with the ethereal pieces that traipsed down the runway. When it comes to nailing this look, it’ll probably take a few tries, so you’ll need Bioderma and a lot of Q-tips on hand. A pointed Q-tip dipped in a small amount of makeup remover will clean the mess in no time.

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Tip #2: Applying moisturizer over your highlighter will give your skin a next level glow.

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We are always chasing a glow, and this season at Jonathan Simkhai it was extra dewy. “It’s all about the natural feel of skin coming through,” says lead makeup artist Diane Kendal. She prepped the skin with Noble Panacea Vitamin C Booster mixed with the Prime Radiance Serum and kept makeup minimal with an emphasis on highlighter. Her ultimate trick however, was in the finishing touch. “We’re going back in with a moisturizer and dabbing a little [along the high points] to give that really super shiny dewy effect. Almost a little bit wet,” she explains. If you want to go above and beyond, you can even mix your favorite highlighting powder into the cream before tapping it in.

Tip #3: Turn your favorite eyeshadow into a liquid liner by mixing it with some setting spray.

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Bold colorful eyeliner has been having a comeback for a minute. But what happens if the shade you want to use is in an eyeshadow palette? Well at Monse, Sofia Tilbury directed the team to mix eyeshadow and setting spray to make a custom concoction. Then the artists took a precision brush and started flicking the color out from the corner of the lid to create a sharp winged effect. The best part is once the liquid dries it basically sets itself.

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Tip #4: For a piece-y bun, prep the hair with a serum.

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The key to nailing a textured, piece-y bun is all in the products you use. At Jason Wu, lead stylist and Olaplex ambassador Jimmy Paul combined Olaplex No. 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum and No. 6 Bond Smoother to create a smooth, brushed out look. “Using your fingers, pull hair back into a low pony, and secure,” says Paul. “Braid the pony and secure it with elastic, then twist into a low bun and leave the ends out. Secure with bobby pins and top off the look with Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil for high shine.”

Tip #5: Use more than one shade of foundation.

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Fact: No one’s face is just one shade. To prevent your foundation from looking flat, makeup artist Eve Marie recommends applying a lighter shade in the center of your face, then using a deeper shade around the perimeter for a more multi-dimensional finish.

Tip #6: To perfect a slicked back bun, you’ll need a makeup brush and some hairspray.

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Backstage at Christian Siriano, hair stylist Lacy Redway gave each model what she describes as a Hollywood twist on the classic Audrey Hepurn low bun. She prepped the hair with TreSemme Extra Hold Mousse and used the Dyson Supersonic dryer on medium heat to blow the hair back. “Once the hair is dry, I secure it with an elastic and then use the Dyson Corrale to smooth the hair with a little bit of hairspray,” she explains. “A trick that I love to do is spray a little bit of hairspray onto a makeup brush and then use it to control flyaways.”

Tip #7: The key to mastering a monochromatic look is all in the blush.

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One of the five major looks at Alice and Olivia this season included a full face of pink which was meant to represent the blooming of a flower. Elyse Reneau, Executive Director of Global Beauty at Too Faced says the key to doing glam with just one hue comes down to a single product. “The easiest way to do a monochromatic look is to take your blush and use it as an eyeshadow,” says Reneau. “Place it in the crease and softly diffuse it with a big fluffy brush.”

Tip #8: Hair oil and gel are the key to achieving a wet hair look from home.

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The wet hair look was abundant on the runway this season, Marni included. Although it looks effortless and simple, there is actually a lot of thought into making this particular finish last. The biggest hack is using two different products; one at the roots and one from mid lengths to ends. “You need something to allow it to move and be open at the bottom and then something to hold up top,” says hairstylist Holli Smith. Use a generous amount of gel at the roots and then coat the rest with an oil or cream depending on your texture. Smith then hit strands with a Dyson Supersonic diffuser on low to set it all together.

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