A few weeks ago, the fashion world obsessed over a bi-yearly phenomenon: New York Fashion Week. The 8-day event showcased fashion designers’ Spring 2013 collections, and everyone who was anyone in the fashion industry made it their priority to catch the shows. While stylists looked to spot the next trend, gurus analyzed the beauty looks of each model. After careful consideration of what is do-able for the oh-so-time-constrained college student, we bring you our six top beauty trends you need to try!
1. Flattened Pompadour
Carolina Herrera presented her Spring line on models styled in a sleek, put-together pompadour hairstyle. The flattened pompadour oozes sophistication and is great for a night out with friends or a date night downtown. First, apply a heat-protectant spray (for hard-to-straighten, curly hair, try Remington Wet 2 Straight Ceramic Straightening Iron, $24.45) and straighten your hair with a flat iron. Then, grab the front section and pin it back, making sure the front section lies as flat as possible against your head. Add a spritz of hairspray and comb in the flyaways to stay in place. For a more natural look, skip the pins and hold the hair in place by using holding spray (try Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, $4.49).
2. Sleek Mini-Chignon with a Natural Face
Altuzarra’s clean-faced models were all about minimalism: sleek pulled back hair and an emphasized dash on the upper lash lines. To achieve this look, toss out your usual reds and plums and opt for a natural lip balm (try the fruit-scented eos Lip Balm, $2.99, which leaves lips buttery smooth). Use a pencil eyeliner in navy to draw attention to your eyes (Sephora Nano Eyeliner in Sapphire Blue, $5.00). Add a swipe of bronzer along the edge of your face to define your cheeks (Rimmel London Natural Bronzer, $4.29, is said to be easily blend-able and matte). Pull back your hair into a low ponytail. Add hairspray to secure the flyaways, and pull hair through a second hair tie to form a loop. Grab the loose ends and wrap them around the hair tie while pinning them into place.
3. Dark Brows and Lips
This season, Jason Wu embraced brows au natural which we took as a warning to not over pluck (use this guide if you are unsure how much is too much!). Consider investing in a brow palette (Sephora Eyebrow Editor Complete Brow Kit, $19) to emphasize your brows. Begin by applying the darkest shade at the midline of your brow, following it to the end of the brow’s natural growth. Use the lightest color on your palette to add a highlighting base right below your brow, along your brow bone. To finish the look, apply a bright plum shade to your lips (try Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop, $6.49, for a wearable, glossy color).
4. Diagonal French Manicure
Nail junkies take note: NYFW designers style their models in such great detail that even the nail designs are something to talk about. Lauren Moffatt’s models were seen sporting a diagonal French manicure. To begin, swipe on a coat of sheer nude pink (Essie Fed Up, $8). Then, choose a bright color to accent the subtle pink (to mimic Lauren Moffatt’s bright orange, try OPI A Roll in the Hague, $8) by swiping the brush in an upward diagonal direction, beginning at the tip of the nail. Fill in the tip of the nail, and add a coat of clear polish to secure the look.
5. Subtle Neutral Stripes
Phillip Lim worked with Essie to create a two-stripe neutral look that has got everyone talking. They chose to combine a coffee color and a darker gray shade to create a “shadow effect.” From far away, the two colors blend together into a subtle ashen brown, and the details are only revealed upon closer look (try Phillip Lim’s choice of Essie colors, Chinchilly and Brooch the Subject, both $8).
6. Zigzag Part
At Derek Lam, every so often, a model emerged from backstage sporting a zigzagged part. This subtle detail can easily spice up a normal look. Use a corner of your comb to start from the middle of your forehead, moving in a zigzagged pattern until halfway down the top of your scalp. Let the hair that has collected on the comb fall to either side of the zigzag. Be careful not to perfect the zigzag too much– the zigzags should not be too even or proportional to each other. Mix and match the number of zigzags and the distance between them to find the perfect fit.
Let us know your favorite looks in the comments – and we’d love to hear any other tips you have to spice them up!
– Cindy Yuan