Latina On The Runway: The Hottest Beauty Trends From NYFW

For the Spring/Summer 2016 season, fun braids, colorful lips, and whimsical manis ruled the runway. Here are some of the hair, makeup, and nail looks we couldn't get enough of:

1. Destructed Ponytail

We are loving the desert goddess vibes from this cool ponytail by Fekkai stylist Marshall Lin. Marshall took this look for the Alice and Olivia show to another level by desonstructing braids for added texture. See the steps below to recreate this fun look:

  1. Create smooth hair around the frame of the face with a clean part in the middle.
  2. Sweep hair close to the hair line behind the ears. Apply Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lightweight Styling Whip section by section to hair to create volume. 
  3. Use a hairdryer on medium heat with paddle brush to create dry texture. Apply Fekkai Blowout Refresher Dry Shampoo to sections for additional texture.
  4. Separate hair into sections, create a braid on each side of the crown and affix with a hair band just above the base of the neck.
  5. Create a gritty tousled look by running fingers throughout ponytail and back-teasing and finish with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray for easy hold.

2. Bold Makeup

Whoever said you can't mix strong eyes and lips clearly didn't catch the shows this season. The Cushnie et Ochs models rocked the runway in bold colors thanks to Maybelline makeup artist Gato. See the steps below to recreate this sexy, confident look for your next date night.

  1. Perfect skin with Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Foundation, then draw out the natural bone structure using Face Studio Master Contour near the cheeks and temples. Set in place with Face Studio Master Fix Setting+Perfecting Loose Powder.

  2. For the eyes, begin with Master Precise Eyeliner in Defining Black along the upper last line and the lower water line. Blend the eggplant shades from the RockNudes palette (Launching January 2016) into the eyelids in an upward motion. Apply a single coat of the Volume Express Colossal Chaotic Lashes mascara.

  3. Fill in brows and articulate the arch with Brow Drama Pro Palette (launching October 2016). Complete the look with Lip Studio Color Blur in Plum Please.

3. Party Ponytail

We love the unique look Aveda stylist, Tippi Shorter created for the collaborative Latinista show. Tippi came up with this classic, yet messy, 'do to satisfy the designers' different needs and we've got the deets on how to get it:

  1. On dry hair, spray Aveda Thickening Tonic until hair is damp.

  2. Begin taking 1” sections of hair and gently twirl from root to end and set for texture.

  3. Once all hair is twirled in sections, take one piece at a time, and blow dry. Lay the dried sections over the face to create volume at the roots while continuing to dry remaining sections.

  4. Flip the dried twirls back and with a small amount of Light Elements Defining Whip in hands, gently unravel the twirls and massage hair to create added textured at the crown.

  5. Pull hair into low ponytail ensuring the top has volume. Secure with a bungee. Wrap a small section of hair around bungee and secure with a pin under the ponytail.

  6. Spray ponytail with Aveda Brilliant Shine-on Spray, then flat-iron the ponytail smooth.

  7. Finish with a light mist of Aveda Control™ Force Firm Hair Spray.

4. Neutral Nails

Natural looking nails were the way to go this New York Fashion Week. From Jason Wu and Herve Leger, to Kate Spade, elegant manis were everywhere. Deborah Lippman created a cotton candy-inspired color to go with Kate Spade's girly SS16 collection — here are the simple steps to get the look:

  1. Shape your nails with the Smooth Operator 4-Way Nail Buffer.

  2. Exfoliate and hydrate the cuticle using her Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil.  Then cleanse the nails 2-Second Nail Primer prior to base coat application.

  3. For the base, apply a coat of the NEW Gel Lab Pro Base Coat.

  4. Then apply two coats of Amazing Grace, waiting 2 minutes to dry between each coat.

  5. For sheen, layer one thin coat each of Magic Is the Moonlight, and Whatever Lola Wants, waiting 2 minutes to dry between each coat.

  6. After waiting 2 minutes of drying apply Gel Lab Pro Top Coat. Then add Over Quick Dry Drops for a flawless finish.

5. "No Makeup" Makeup

Major designers like Ryan Roche and Karina Gamez were all about minimalistic beauty this season. To allow the model's natural complexion to shine through, makeup artist Romy Soleimani of Beauty.com created this fresh-faced look:

  1. Perfect blemishes using bareMinerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealers

  2. To create this shade of shadow mix the bareMinerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealers in the darkest shades, bareMinerals Liner Shadow in Onyx, bareMinerals Pop of PassionLip Oil-Balm in Rose Passion and bareMinerals Pop of Passion Blush Balm in Natural Passion

  3. Use a flat brush to blend the mixture and apply onto the lids. Lightly apply under the lower lash line, staying close to the lashes

  4. Add a little more of the bareMinerals Liner Shadow in Onyx into the mixture and use a flat eyeshadow brush to blend softly onto the base of the top lash line, blending from inner to outer corner and lightly into the outer “v” just before the crease. Also add lightly under the lower lash line

  5. Press a little more of the bareMinerals Pop of PassionLip Oil-Balm in Rose Passion and bareMinerals Pop of Passion Blush Balm in Natural Passion onto the lid and lightly under lower lash line.

  6. Finish with a dab of Jurlique Rose Love Balm onto the lids, in the inner corners of the eyes and on the tops of the cheek bones.

6. Statement Braids

Long or short, braids made a huge statement on the runway! For Herve Leger's 30th anniversary show, TRESemmé stylist Orlando Pita went with a relaxed, yet striking statement braid to complement the organic quality of the collection. Here's how to get this gorgeous braid:

  1. Start by washing your hair using TRESemme Perfectly (un)Done Shampoo and Conditioner and towel dry.

  2. Apply Tresemme Runway Max The Volume Root Lifting Cream from the roots to ends and blow dry with a round bristle brush.

  3. Create a deep side part and then starting from the crown, begin French braiding down across the forehead. Feed hair from underneath so the braid is raised up and let a few strands of hair fall onto the forehead to create additional texture.

  4. Secure the braid into a low pony at the nape of the neck with a small elastic and pull over your shoulder.

  5. Finish the look by spraying Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hold Hair Spray for light hold.”

7. Bronzed Goddess

This fashion week, designers wanted their models to have an extra glow. Mara Hoffman was inspired by Willy Nelson and the '70s. To match this theme, Sephora Pro artist Ilde Goncalves created this bronzed look, with a country twist, for an all-Americana look.

The key product for this look was the Kat Von D Shade+ Light Contour Palette, which has a wide variety of shades and worked great with the diverse range of models in the show. To bring in the Willy Nelson appeal, they used the Anastsia Beverly Hills Powder Duo and Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel for a full brow look.

8. Graphic Liner

If there is anything we've learned from Spring/Summer 2016 runways it's that vintage is definitely in, and the Monse debut show was no exception to this.

Butter London global ambassador Katie Jane Hughes was completely inspired by the '60s for this "Tim Burton vibe" look. "It's a cool cut-crease very '60s look, focused on the eyes," Hughes said. "However we modernized the look by keeping the skin freshed and adding a full brow." 

9. High Updo

Hairstyles were at an all time high (literally), this fashion week. This high '60s inspired updo stole the show at LaQuan Smith SS16 presentation. Hair stylist Kazuma Murata for Shea Moisture created this sexy and confident look to go with LaQuan's strong yet feminine collection. Here's how to achieve this sexy-vintage look:

  1. Start by working in SheaMoisture Professional Smooth Finish Thermal Protection to fight frizz and nourish hair prior to styling.

  2. With a large round brush, separate hair into medium sized sections and blow dry using SheaMoisture Professional Smooth Finish Blow Dry Cream.

  3. Separate hair into two sections; from the upper crown up to the bottom half down. With the upper section of hair, set aside a few wispy pieces, then braid the rest of the hair completely before twisting into a bun. Pin the bun at the base of the crown using large bobby pins.

  4. For the bottom half of the hair, spritz a bit of SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray then brush through. Lift this section of hair to cover the bun at the base then twist inward, creating lift and a bouffant-like shape. Secure with bobby pins.

  5. Finish by spraying SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist for hold and hydration.

10. Floral Prints

We got major flower power vibes from the runways this fashion week. Whether they appeared in a delicate form or full blown patterns, flowers are a huge trend for Spring/Summer '16. To catch the delicate blossom prints throughout Erin Fetherson's SS16 collection, Kiss Product artist Miss Pop, created this luxe pearl accent look. 

Get The Look:

  1. Use KISS 100 Full Cover Nails in Active Oval and paint with KISS Gel Strong Polishin So Hot OR for an easy application with no dry time, use imPRESS Manicure in So, So Stellar

  2. Pour KISS Nail Artist Paint in white into a small petri dish or piece of foil and fill a shot glass with acetone

  3. Use the thin paint brush from the KISS Salon Secrets Nail Art Tool Kit to dip the brush into the acetone and mix with the white nail paint, then lightly paint flower petals onto the nail

  4. Create various sizes of flowers and alternate design; paint two flowers onto some nails and others with large flowers extending out from the left side of the cuticle

  5. Allow polish to dry, then paint top coat onto the center of the flower

  6. Using the KISS Salon Secrets Luxe Accents Kit pick up three pearls with the silicone stick then place in a triangular shape in the center of the flower

  7. Polish with top coat to set

11. Retro Waves

To celebrate her 50 years in the fashion industry, designer Betsey Johnson went ALL OUT with her NYFW show. Models graced the runway sporting punky pixies, crimps, and super glam waves. Celebrity stylist Rafe Hardy created the 3 uniques styles for the models and we’ve got the how-to for the sexy, yet wearable, ‘do below:

  1. Prep all hair by spraying lightly with Style Sexy Hair 450 Protect. Create a deep side part on top.
  2. Beginning in nape area, take a 1 inch horizontal section and then subdivide into approximate 1inch wide sections with alternating diagonal partings
  3. Using a 1 inch wand, elevate each section straight out. Hold wand horizontally and wrap from roots to ends. Spray lightly with Style Sexy Hair 450 Headset before wrapping.
  4. Moving up the head, continue wrapping 1inch sections. Make sure each curl is wrapped in the same direction!
  5. When you get to the top front sections, backcomb gently before wrapping. (Big Sexy Hair Powder Play may be needed for extra fine hair)
  6. Once all curls have cooled, use a boar bristle paddle brush to brush out and form all curls together.
  7. Lift ends with fingers and spray Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo or Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable, depending on hair type, into the lengths of the hair to add width.
  8. Once desired width is achieved, spray your boar bristle brush with Smooth Sexy Hair Smooth & Seal and very gently smooth the surface of the hair so as not to disturb width and volume. Use a comb for any fine detailing. Finish with Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play.