The Biggest Beauty Trends from NYFW Fall/Winter 2015

The NYFW Fall/Winter 2015 runway was full of big statements, especially when it came to many of the beauty looks. Here are some of our favorites in hair, makeup and nail trends:

1. Bold Lips

From the black cherry red lips at Marchesa to the bright orchid pouts at Nanette Lepore rich colors on lips caught our eye. At Naeem Khan AW ‘15, James Boehmer for NARS Cosmetics, created a deep matte chocolate red lip by using Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Mambo Eyeliner and Jungle Red Lip Liner.

2. Skin Is In

We all know great skin is key for any beauty look. Backstage at numerous shows models were prepped with masks. At Narciso Rodriguezit was the Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask.

For the Carolina Herrera Fall/Winter 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection, SK-II applied Facial Treatment Masks to models’ skin prior to makeup application. While undergoing hair, models wore an indulgent SK-II FACIAL TREATMENT MASK, which provided an instant boost to skin’s suppleness and translucency. The mask was smoothed to fit the curves of the face and left on 10 minutes for maximum absorption. Excess liquid was then massaged into the skin, exposing crystal clear skin.

3. Retro Glam

Whether it was the 18th century European inspiration at Rolando Santana or the 1940’s Hollywood at Badgley Mischka the runways offered new takes on old school beauty. The Dennis Basso Fall/Winter 2015 show was no exception. “This look is all about classic 70’s glamour. It is inspired by the rich color and luxurious decadence of the collection,” explained Lauren Andersen, Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist.

4. Brows That Wow

There were lots of defined brows, that were on the thicker side, backstage at NYFW.

In fact, at Narciso Rodriguezthe bulk of the beauty look rested on the definition of the eyebrows.

Backstage at Jason Wu, Makeup Artist Diane Kendal used the Lancome’s new Sourcils Tint Brow Pen to define the brows.


5. Less Than Perfect Hair

This season we saw hair pulled back, center parted and with a deep side part. What most of the looks had in common no matter how many pro hairstylist worked on a models hair the desired outcome was great healthy hair but with a bit of imperfection. At Rodarte, Odile Gilbert using John Frieda, created a hair look inspired by the idea of beautiful and natural textures.


·         Depending on the hair’s natural texture, either apply Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz Immunity Primer or Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam to wet hair.

·         Next, blow-dry the hair while combing through with your fingers.

·         Spray Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray and work in with hands while diffusing.

·         Once all the hair is dry, take random pieces and curl them using a 1 ½ inch curling iron.  Do not touch the roots or ends with the curling iron. For the waves to look natural, run your fingers through them at the end.

·         To finish, spray Frizz Ease KeraFLEX Hairspray to hold the style and brush through with a natural bristle brush.

Enjoy that second (3rd, 4th or 5th) day hair!  

6. Sophisticated Braids

We loved the intricate braids at Mara Hoffman.

At Hervé Léger AW/15 it was all about the French Twist Pony, a look that’s both tough but easy to wear. “We’ve played with an simple update on the classic low pony that leaves her with a sexy twist down to the nape of her neck. This is the look for when you need your exit from the party to make a bold statement,” exclaims Orlando Pita, Hairstylist for TRESemmé.

Get the runway look at home

  • Step 1: Start by washing your hair using TRESemmé Platinum Strength Shampoo and Conditioner and towel dry.

  • Step 2: Work in the TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Blow Dry Balm from root to tip and dry hair straight with a soft bristle brush.

  • Step 3: Apply TRESemmé Extra Firm Control Gel from the roots to mid lengths and using a comb, create a deep side part to the crown of your head and then a straight part down the back of the hair.

  • Step 4: Starting an inch away from the hairline, comb one side of the hair back and then fold into a French twist down the back of the head and secure with bobby pins underneath. Repeat on the second side.

  • Step 5: Use hair pins to join both French twists together down the back on your head.

  • Step 6: Pull the lengths of your hair back into a low pony and finish the look by spraying TRESemmé Platinum Strength Fortified Hold Hairspray. Tame flyaways with a spritz of hairspray on a natural bristle toothbrush.

7. Go For Gold Nails

Gold nails and nail art was everywhere. From soft and subtle to anything but there are so many ways to go. From the ornate Swarovski crystal encrusted nails create by Deborah Lippmann at Badgley Mischkato the delicate gold detailed nail design at Rolando Santana.  

Want the couture nails by CND at Libertine? A custom set like this would easily set you back $500. The models hands donned chandelier chains reminiscent of dripping melted gold, which were webbed together between the fingers for an over-the-top molten metal effect.  The lavish 3D looks were tricked out with 2,500 hand-placed paillettes, 600 feet of gold chain and 110 individually sculpted shark teeth.

How about a little luxe for less? Lead stylist Gina Edwards for KISS Products created the look for Erin Fetherston Fall 2015. Edwards played off the polished sophistication of the collection with imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in a soft modern mauve shade with accent nails on each ring finger. Adorning the cocktail fingers with one thin gold vertical stripe down the center of the nail and a horizontal gold stripe placed on the half moon.  

8. Floral Hair Accessories

At Badgely Mishcka, That Madonna Girl and Alice + Olivia flowers were used to highlight the hair looks.

Backstage at Alice + Olivia we asked Lead Stylist, Rodney Cutler for the inspiration on the look. "She commands your attention. I wanted to develop that further with her hair. Paying careful attention to each detail, I created a sleek rope braid and fastened it into a chignon for a strong, immaculate silhouette from all sides. The ruby red flowers and luscious lips complemented the ornateness of the clothes and delve deeper into the extreme detail and texture of the collection.”

9. An Updo Thats Not Uptight.

Top knot’s are perfect for the woman who wants to look elegant and dressed up but she doesn’t want to look too fussy or prim and proper. We saw the look at DVF, Rolando Santana and more.

Since chic hair is must, but how do you do it right?  We asked Christo, Global Artistic Director of Curlisto products and Christo Fifth Avenue Salon, how to create the look easily. He breaks it down into 4 simple steps.

  1. Slick hair to a high ponytail spray with Curlisto Shaping Spray to control baby hairs.

  2. Use a foam sponge/ hair donut and pass ponytail through to create the bulkiness of the bun.

  3. Tease hair piece by piece and fold it under the sponge and secure with bobby pins/ hair pins (make sure you cover the sponge well).

  4. Finish with Curlisto Shape and Spray and Curlisto Glow and Shine.

10. Dual Toned Nails

One nail look that we saw at show was this cool two-toned nail design.
OPI’s Dark Purple Half Metallic, Half Matte Nail Look from Charlotte Ronson was created by lead nail artist Miss Pop. It's a play on finishes and that makes us want to experiment with the OPI Matte Top Coat.

At Tadashi Shoji’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection there were ethereal silhouettes that evoked a feeling of weightlessness and aerodynamic seaming that inspirits movement. butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes created a dual-tone nail look that was whimsical and chic.

How To Re-Create the NAIL Look:

1.       Start by applying butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, an opaque pure white crème shade, with a sponge making sure the nail tip is covered, so the white color fades up diagonally like a cloud

2.       Using butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Full Monty, a molten gold color, use the opposite side of the sponge to soften any harsh lines and blend the white and gold nail lacquers slightly

3.       Finish by using butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat to give the nails a brilliant shine in a hurry (P.D. Quick stands for “Pretty Darn” Quick!)