I know we're supposed to try to live in the moment, but when fashion week rolls around, it's all about looking ahead. We're not complaining, though. All the beauty trends we see walking down the runway always get us excited for the next season to come, and honestly, they can also serve as inspiration for right now. Team Byrdie went backstage at some of the biggest shows, and we're happy to report that there are some killer trends we know you're going to love.
Yes, the no-makeup makeup look is still going strong—and for good reason. Artists at various shows, like here at Pamella Roland S/S 18, are all about embracing your unique, natural features. There's nothing more beautiful than that.
At the Victoria Beckham S/S 18 show, Pat McGrath used products from the Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder collection, such as the Morning Aura Illuminating Creme and the Eye Metals Eyeshadow in Blonde Gold, to give the skin and eyes a natural-looking glow.
At the Alexander Wang S/S 18 show, makeup artist Diane Kendal said, "This season, the inspiration is unique beauty. The Alexander Wang girl has her own personal style with a cool downtown feel." Products included the NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer and the NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation.
Color for spring is hardly groundbreaking (but aren't you glad we didn't say florals?). This season, we're seeing huge blocks of color splashed across eyelids in vibrant shades—perfect for putting a little something extra into any beauty look. At Novis NYC S/S 18, the models had bright yellow lids.
“My inspiration for the looks at Rachel Comey was the vibrant colors of Morocco with a modern edge," says Romy Soleimani at the Rachel Comey S/S 18 show. Products used to get that killer eye look a matte eye shadow called Nouméa.
The Almost Cat Eye
When Tom Ford officially kicked off fashion week, we saw what looked like the return of the classic cat-eye. But don't be fooled into thinking it's the same old precise thin liner trick that we're used to. Makeup artist Pat Montelongo made the line thicker and more curved across the lash line and put glitter on top to soften up the look.
At Jason Wu S/S 18, Yadim says the look is "young while still elevating the girls to the most beautiful version of themselves." He kept everything super simple and just added dark shadow to the outer edges of the eyes for a winged look.
At the Monse S/S 18 show, makeup artist Grace Lee for Maybelline New York designed a graphic deconstructed cat eye look (she says it's reminiscent of racing stripes).
We love a good highlight, but this season, makeup artists elevated that glowy, dewy look by packing it on and extending it past the temples to the eyelids and all over the eye area, like here at Fenty x Puma S/S 18 using the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstix. The more shimmer, the better.
The vibe at the Vivienne Tam S/S 18 show was every girly-girl's dream. To get this romantic feminine look, makeup artist Kelli J. Barlett for Glamsquad used the Cover FX Enhance Click Highlighter to illuminate the skin.
Nail art is coming back in a huge way. We're not just talking about pretty designs drawn on by polish. We're talking jewels, skulls, safety pins, and Swarovski crystals as accessories to the fashion pieces this season, like here at Philip Plein S/S 18.
At Libertine S/S 18, all the stops were pulled for the nail look. CND co-founder and creative director Jan Arnold and CND creative lead Heather Reynosa-Davis went back to punk roots, incorporating skulls, safety pins, and loud embellishment on every nail. One nail look included money nails that required more than 2000 Swarovski crystals.
Neon can either be really cool or a little too extra. For those who aren't ready to make that jump just yet into really bright territory, turn to a nail look first to test if it's a trend for you. Jeremy Scott brought out vibrant, neon colors on really long pointed nails with a splash of glitter for extra sparkle.
At the Fenty x Puma S/S 18 show, models wore neon stick-on nails to go with the neon clothing and accessories.
The Modern Slick
Glossy, tautly pulled hair has been making waves on red carpets, so its no surprise designers enlisted the gelled 'do for their runways and presentations. At Prabal Gurung, hair was sectioned off and loosely waved in opposing directions with the Hot Tools 1 1/4 Inch Marcel Curling Iron, then slicked back with Wella Professional EIMI Sculpt Force.
Jason Wu also opted for textured dry waves met with a wet, slicked-back crown for a loose-meets-rigid dichotomy.
Wella Professionals Global Creative Director and Ghd Ambassador Eugene Souleima wanted each girl to have her own unique hair look for the Jeremy Scott show, but we noticed a few wet, pulled-back styles in the mix. For girls who had their hair pulled into a "techno tail," Souleima says the finished look was very "'90s" and "sharp."
Matte Surfer-Girl Waves
Models backstage at Alexander Wang had their natural hair texture accentuated with Redken No Blow Dry Cream. To add extra texture, hairstylists used a curling iron throughout the lengths and applied more No Blow Dry Cream for a matte, slightly messy effect.
“The key to this look is putting in the work with your natural hair texture,” explains Tresemmé Global Stylist Justine Marjan backstage at Creatures of Comfort. “Using a mousse and hairspray will help to achieve an almost sweaty, dirty hairstyle, as if you are coming off of the beach or from a safari.” She applied a heavy amount of Tresemmé’s TRES Two Mousse to rough-dry hair and folded the ends of the hair outwards for this slightly-sweaty look.
“It’s a grungy, bedhead, downtown, 1970s rock-and-roll vibe here at Coach,” says Redken Global Creative Director Guido Palau. He used the brand’s Wax Blast 10 Spray-Wax for a bedhead-inspired, woke-up-like-this look.
Smoky Eye Comeback
At Libertine S/S 18, makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes used a Too Cool For Scool liner and shadow to bring back the smoky eye in a big way. She says to follow your eye's natural shape if you want to re-create the look yourself.
At the Fenty x Puma S/S 18 show, hairstylist Yusef Williams prepped hair with a Dyson hairdryer and used neon-colored bungee chords to wrap around models' ponytails.
Sheeny-sparkles and light-reflecting glitter made its way onto the runway this season—but with a more subtle twist. The look wasn't as loud as season's past, but more iridescent and doe-eyed. Such is the case with Pat McGrath's '60s, flower child look at Anna Sui, in which she used loose glitter pigment from her new palettes to paint the models' lids.
Jeremy Scott went a more galactic route, with larger rhinestones set below each model's lower lash-line (and CND's silver-dusted nails to boot). The result was a glossy, starry-eyed look we haven't gotten out of our heads since.
The Sharp Center Part
One look we noticed on countless runways this season was a sleek, clean center part on models, which was accented by waves, ponytails, and in the case of the Jeremy Scott S/S 18 show, super-straight hair. Souleiman smoothed strands with a Ghd Platinum Styler.
A genius tip TRÉSemmé stylists employed backstage at the Carolina Herrera S/S 18 show to keep the models' hair behind their ears was to pull the hair into a sharp center part, then take the front two sections and place them into a ponytail right at the nape of the neck. Brilliant.