15 Beauty Trends From Fashion Week You'll Actually Want to Try
As much as we look forward to spotting the season's best new trends every time Fashion Week rolls around, we can't help but zoom in on the tiny details that make the outfits come together. No, we're not talking about the bicep jewelry or oversize purses — we mean the beauty details.
Your hair, nails, and makeup can add that finishing touch that makes any ensemble look good (or at least make you feel that way), and the beauty looks at New York Fashion Week were no exception. A sleek, high ponytail added a sophisticated edge to a black two-piece suit. A swipe of soft pastel nail polish took a fringe dress from edgy to flirty. The biggest impact is in the details when it comes to fashion.
Now that we're nearing the end of New York Fashion Week, we're breaking down the best hair, makeup, and nail trends from the last few days. The best part: each one is so easy to wear, they could never just be relegated to the runway. From twisted bun hairstyles and floating eyeliner to pink nails and everything in between, here are the most wearable beauty trends from New York Fashion Week 2023.
New York Fashion Week Makeup Trend: Floating Eyeliner
You may have seen floating eyeliner trending before, but you can expect the look to stick around for months to come. The eye look is perfect for accentuating your natural eye shape, as well as providing a pop of color to an outfit. (Or, you can keep it neutral with a white or black look, as shown here.)
New York Fashion Week Hair Trend: Bobs
If you didn't already know: bobs are hot right now. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Lori Harvey has one right now, and the sleek look has been spotted all over fashion week.
New York Fashion Week Hair Trend: Wire Ponytails
Hair accessories are timeless, but cool factor comes in when you give a basic beauty look an unexpected twist — like this wire-spun ponytail holder that starts at the base of the pony and makes it way all the way to the mid-ends.
New York Fashion Week Makeup Trend: Diffused Lips
Obviously lined lips have has been seeing a resurgence, but the trend we saw during NYFW landed on the opposite end of the spectrum: "diffused" lipstick. It features slightly faded and blended edges, lending a softer feel to your overall makeup look.
New York Fashion Week Nail Trend: Pink Nails
Call it the aftermath of Barbiecore, but pink nails were trending all over the runways this season. Whether it was a simple swipe of pink OPI nail polish as seen at Adeam or a more pronounced pastel like the ones at Lapointe via Paintbox, as you can see from the plethora of examples this season, you can never go wrong with the hue.
New York Fashion Week Hair Trend: Wet Hair
The "wet hair" trend is back, and Jason Wu championed the look in a slick, wearable way. Inspired by a shipwreck, the show featured the style in every hair length, from wet-looking mullets to sculpted bowl cuts — all thanks to a little technique called the finger wave (and Tressemé hair products).
New York Fashion Week Nail Trend: Swirl Nails
Swirl nails are kicking off fall in the best way. Prime example? This take on the trend featuring detailed line art. The combination of the '90s supermodel base between the lines on each finger create a negative-space manicure that's chic yet attention-grabbing.
New York Fashion Week Makeup Trend: "Humid" Makeup
"Humid makeup", a play on the "indie sleaze" trend was all over the runway. Dewy, lived-in skin and slightly mussed eyeliner made its way down runways at Retrofete (courtesy of Too Faced Cosmetics) and Jason Wu (thanks to Jason Wu Beauty).
New York Fashion Week Nail Trend: Dark Polish
Though fashion week this fall is technically showcasing spring 2024 trends, street style enthusiasts still love a seasonally-appropriate manicure. Case in point? The myriad of darker-toned nail looks spotted on attendees flittered between shows. From a pearly black as seen here to deeper, more vampy reds, New Yorkers were clearly ready for fall (despite the hot and humid weather).
New York Fashion Week Hair Trend: Hidden Adornments
There's nothing like a hidden detail, and they were all the rage at this year's Alice + Olivia show. Ribbons nestled at the bases of buns and pearl-accented updos were the looks that shined center stage, thanks to Sola Salons.
New York Fashion Week Nail Trend: Lace Nail Art
Kiss nails led the way for Pat Bo's Spring/Sumer '24 collection and the tiny details had the most outsized impact. There was a particular focus on lace and embroidered detailing on the nails, which was inspired by the brand founder's love of embroidery school in Brazil.
New York Fashion Week Makeup Trend: "Angel Eyes"
The "angel eyes" makeup trend is just as ethereal as they sound. The look features soft, cool-toned pearl eyeshadow shades and was all the rage at L'Agence's Spring/Summer '24 show, courtesy of Stila Cosmetics
New York Fashion Week Hair Trend: Blunt Ends
Led by hairstylist Lacy Redway, the ultra sleek, glass-like hair seen during Laquan Smith's Spring/Summer '24 show had another defining attribute: extremely blunt ends.
New York Fashion Week Hair Trend: Buns
There were a plethora of buns during this year's New York Fashion Week shows. From low buns with spiked ends seen during the Phillip Lim presentation courtesy of Dyson to the more timeless versions at Alice + Olivia, it goes to show that the versatility of a good bun hairstyle will always be celebrated.