New York Fashion Week in the wintertime is always a trip. There's that usual northeastern chill filtering through the atmosphere, bustling streets of show-goers and models being snapped by a hoard of photographers, and a general increase in chicness—it's a who's who in the fashion and beauty world, to be sure. But despite the mass chaos, it's exhilarating to see each designer bring to life a the labor of a year's worth of planning, sketching, and producing their newest pieces, even if that moment only lasts 10 minutes.
This season, we're not just gawking at the threads, but the incredible hair and makeup paired with them. From ponytails adorned with chains to watercolor complexions, artists and stylists are pulling out all the stops at FW/19. See our favorites so far this season below.
TRESemmé global stylist Justine Marjan created an industrial ponytail for Christian Siriano by first spraying the hair with TRESemmé TRES Two Unscented Extra Hold Hair Spray for extra grip, then crafting a thin braid to reach from ear to ear to secure the chains. It's the edgy, unexpected twist on a traditional low pony we didn't know we needed.
Also at Siriano, Maybelline ambassador Erin Parsons created gemstone freckles using Swarovski crystals mapped out in the same pattern on each model.
Neon Color Wash
A nod to the flower child, earth-worshipper of the '70s, the tie dye-framed eye at Collina Strada mirrors the collection's low-carbon footprint. Takeda Rena smudged varying neon shades of Shiseido’s Kajal Inkartist Shadow pencils around the eye and up into the temples and brows for a more dramatic effect than you'd get with shadow alone.
To echo the straps and colorblocking in the neon swimsuits featured on the runway at Chromat, lead makeup artist Fatima Thomas used MAC shadows to diffuse neon washes of color across the temple along with a bright stripe of colored liner reaching outward from the outer corner of the eye.
Gina Edwards created "wash of color" digits for Rebecca Minkoff's "See Now, Buy Now” Spring/Summer 2019 Collection using KISS Salon Acrylic Natural Nails in Forbidden painted with the brand's Nail Artist Paints in an ombré fashion from cuticles to tips.
Makeup key Romy Soleimani created a rosewood effect on the models backstage at Kate Spade, opting for rust, blood-red hues on the lids and lips and rose gold shimmer alone the cheekbones.
Another matching rust moment was created by Grace Lee for Cushnie who used Maybelline's Made For All Lipstick in Mauve For Me and Spice For Me in three different capacities: eyeshadow, lip color, and blush.
Dreamy Grey Smoky Eye
To create a soft, romantic smoked-out eye backstage at Tom Ford, makeup artist Diane Kendal used the Eye Color Quad in 03 Nude Dip for Fairer Skin Tones, focusing the deep grey shade on the crease and lower lash line and the pale pink shade on the eyelid. For darker skin tones, she used the Eye Color Quad in 03 Nude Dip and 13 Orchid Haze. The deep grey shade of 03 was placed on the crease and lower lash line, and the deep bronze shade was placed on the eyelid. Then, she blended the deepest shade from 13 orchid haze on the brow bone and tear duct.
Gucci Westman diffused Chanel charcoal shadows along the eye and punctuated with a Chanel liquid liner traced along both the upper and lower lash lines before and after applying shadow to increase boldness.
To echo Rosie Assoulin's bold patterns and pieces, makeup artist James Kaliardos cut sharp pieces of scrapbooking tape and fastened them onto the outer edge of the lash line with eyelash glue. Consider it the ultimate hack for those who don't have a steady hand.
At Carolina Herrera, the lines were blurred between a broad cat eye and bold eyeshadow, with each girl in varying shades of blazing winged-out hues and others in a barely-there, natural lid.
Mod, Fluffy Lashes
Fluttery, doe-like lashes were the name of the game at Longchamp, with makeup key Pat McGrath wielding her new Fetisheyes mascara to give models soft, fluffy, Twiggy-esque flutters.
Tom Pecheux affixed falsies and several coats of mascara on each model, along with drawn-on "twigs" on the lower lash line for a "fresh and friendly" vibe.