Beauty Trends From NYFW Fall ’14

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February 24, 2014 • Beauty, Fashion Shows, Magazine, New York Fashion Week Fall '14


So here’s the rub on beauty and hair trends when it came to the Fall ’14 runways from this past New York Fashion Week – think no makeup look with bedhead hair. That’s fabulous news for college coeds everywhere, but for the rest of us, we have our work cut out for us next fall. That is unless you are like me and know that only some of these beauty trends will carry into real life. Let us not forget, the goal of the runway is to create a ‘look.’ Read on:

When it came to makeup on the runway I was amazed at the number of nude lips. I’m not talking about lips painted with nude lipstick that was so popular about 5 years go either. This time nude meant ChapStick. So save your pennies and don’t buy lipstick. Personally I rarely answer the door without it, but instead you may want to try a smokey eye in anything but black. Also, the Brooke Shields bushy eyebrow is back! So stop plucking and/or draw some more in.

Makeup Trends:


Grey Eyeshadow: Marc Jacobs

Silver Eyeshadow: Vera Wang

Gold Eyeshadow: Altuzarra, Lela Rose, Naeem Kahn

Blue Eyeshadow: Anna Sui

Green Eyeshadow: Anna Sui, Narciso Rodriguez, Peter Som

Lavender/Brown Eyeshadow: Rodarte, Thakoon

Pink Eyeshadow: Opening Ceremony, DVF, Vera Wang, Altuzarra, BCBG, Narciso Rodriguez

Burgundy Eyeshadow: Helmut Lang

Smokey Eye: Sophie Theallet, Donna Karan (grey), Jason Wu (blue) Oscar de la Renta (copper), Derek Lam (green/grey), Richard Chai (silver/sage), Michael Kors (black), Rodarte (black), Oscar de la Renta, BCBG (brown)

Heavily Lined Eye: Jill Stuart, Mara Hoffman, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Rodarte & Thakoon (bottom only), Dennis Basso, J. Mendel, Marchesa, Peter Som

Exaggerated Cat Eye: Herve Leger, Christian Siriano, Cushnie et Ochs, Cynthia Rowley, Alice + Olivia

Liquid Lined Lids: Rag & Bone


Strong Eyebrows: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Costello Tagliapietra, Jason Wu, Mara Hoffman, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera, DKNY

Bleached Eyebrows: Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs


Contoured Cheeks: Jason Wu, Derek Lam, DVF, Ralph Lauren, Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Altuzzara, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung

Rosy Cheeks: Ralph Lauren, J. Mendel, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler


Red Lips: Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia, Anna Sui, Rebecca Taylor, Naeem Kahn

Lavender/Brown Lips: Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez

Wine Stained Lips: J. Mendel, Tracy Reese, Carolina Herrera, DKNY, Derek Lam, Elizabeth & James

Nude Lips: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sophie Theallet, Opening Ceremony, Helmut Lang, Cushnie et Ochs, Cynthia Rowley, DVF, Jason Wu, Jill Stuart, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Thakoon, Vera Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Altuzzara, Calvin Klein, Rodarte, Dennis Basso. Jenny Peckham, Kaufmanfranco, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, BCBG


No Makeup Makeup: Narciso Rodriguez, Opening Ceremony, Costello Tagliapietra, Calvin Klein, Altuzarra, DVF, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jenny Peckham

Glowing Skin: Naeem Kahn, Richard Chai, DVF, Ralph Lauren, Thakoon, Sohpie Theallet, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Rodarte, DKNY, Kaufmanfranco, Marchesa, Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, BCBG


When it came to hair, not only was the “I just had a romp in the sack” hair everywhere, so was the sleek low ponytail. Another popular hairstyle was a very shiny straight hair with a far side part. Lastly the chignon made a major appearance both neat and messy.

Hair Trends:

Sleek Ponytails: Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Herve Leger, Prabal Gurung, The Row, Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang,

Deep Side Part: Badgley Mischka, BCBG, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Thakoon,

Straight: Narciso Rodriguez, Rebecca Taylor, Prabal Gurung

Blunt Bobs: Marc Jacobs

Choppy Bob: Oscar de la Renta

Bed Head: Sophie Theallet, Peter Som, Calvin Klein, Jill Stuart, Michael Kors, Thakoon, Vera Wang, Tracy Reese, Rodarte, Elizabeth & James

Teased Ends: Alice + Olivia

Waves: Zac Posen, Calvin Klein, Derek Lam

Updo: Carolina Herrera, Lela Rose

Chignon: Naeem Kahn, Altuzarra, Jason Wu, DVF, Marchesa, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Donna Karan

Side Braid: Creatures of the Wind, Eckhaus Latta

Braids: Rodarte


The nail-art trend isn’t completely dead, but thankfully it has been tempered. It was getting a bit out of hand (pun intended). There were a lot of two-toned nails usually split on the diagonal, but also down the middle and a half moon pattern. Another surprise was the welcome return of the nude and sheer nude/pink nail. Great news for those of us who are still faithful to essie’s Ballet Slippers. Also take notice that the squared nail is dead. Oval and pointy are now the only way to go.

Nail Trends:

Gunmetal Polish: Vera Wang, Cushnie et Ochs, Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Emerson, Timo Weiland

Silver: Delpozo

Taupe: Michael Kors, Thakoon

Burgundy or Deep Red: Costello Tagliapietra, Dennis Basso, Yigal Azrouel

Eggplant: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rebecca Taylor

Halographic: Proenza Schouler

Blue Ombre: Peter Som

Loden Green: Prabal Gurung

Black: BCBG, Alice + Olivia (with gold dots), Libertine (with glitter)

Two-Tone Nails: Nicole Miller (Black & Red), Lela Rose (Clear & White), Mathieu Mirano (Black & Red), Honor (Pink & Red), Marissa Webb (Whitish pink & Black), Opening Ceremony (Blue & Clear)

Half Moon: Badgley Mischka (Gunmetal & Gold Glitter moons) Zang Toi (Neon green & Black moons), Noon by Noor (Berry Red with No polish moons), Alexandre Herchcovitch (Nude/Pink & Red moons)

Metallic Tips: Suno, Rodarte

Gold: Altuzarra, Sophie Theallet, Naeem Kahn, Mara Hoffman

Matte Topcoat: Wes Gordon

Sheer Ballerina Pink: DVF, Carolina Herrera, Elizabeth & James, Jenny Peckham, Jill Stuart, Monique Lhuillier, Milly

Nude: Prabal Gurung, Kate Spade, Rodarte (metallic tip), Donna Karan, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Kaufmanfranco, Marchesa, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu

No Polish or Clear: Altuzzara, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, J. Mendel

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: Second City Style,, Instyle, Stylebistro

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