NYFW Spring 2019: The Best Hair and Makeup Looks on the Runways This Season


Article by Allure

New York City, of all of the four cities that host fashion weeks to debut the spring or fall ready-to-wear collections, has a reputation for being the tamest when it comes to beauty.

Fresh-faced makeup and simple hairstyles reign supreme on the New York runways, so much so that, in past seasons, beauty editors would take bets on how many ponytails we'd see in a week. But for the spring 2019 shows, there was a seismic shift that occurred backstage and we saw more unexpected makeup looks and impressive hairstyles than ever before. We saw 3D texture in the form of glitter, paper cutouts, and real rosebuds strewn through the hair and glued onto faces. We saw twisty knots and voluminous bouffants, and more neon than you’d see at an electric music festival. Below is just a taste of it, a selection of 23 beauty moments that caught our attention and begged to be either copied in real life or admired as an image on our Instagram feed. And as if us New Yorkers needed more reasons to brag about our wonderful city.

Marc Jacobs

At Marc Jacobs, makeup artist Diane Kendal, colorist Josh Wood, and hairstylist Guido all paid homage to the fifties with coordinating pastels and over-the-top bouffants. To give the makeup a modern vibe, Kendal skipped blush and swept a matte eye shadow onto models’ lids that didn’t have even the slightest hint of frostiness to it. The shade used on the eyes perfectly matched the metallic pastel hue Wood colored the models’ hair. Thirty-seven, in total, underwent dye jobs days before the show, and a couple even buzzed off all their hair. For those who keep their hair long, Guido either pulled up models’ hair into a voluminous ponytail or knot or styled it into an egg-shaped graduated bob.

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By now, most of us are familiar with the concept of floating eyeliner — eyeliner that follows the curve of your lash line, or the curve of your brow bone, but hovers ever-so-slightly above it. We've seen it on the runways for years, and more recently, in exaggerated forms, among makeup artists on Instagram. Self-Portrait's spring show introduced us to a new idea: Floating lip liner. OK, so it's not exactly floating; it follows the perimeter of the top lip to a "T.' But when that's the only thing on the lips, the effect is of a single, sharp line suspended over the mouth.

Opening Ceremony

Like many of the shows we saw in New York this season, there wasn't just one, unified makeup look at Opening Ceremony, but rather numerous bold ones, which included this stretched-out metallic magenta shadow. That decision reflected the greater intention of the show. "Everyone who's working on the show is LGBT, so all the hair and makeup team, the casting director, and all of the models so it's a really nice thing to be a part of," makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver told CR Fashion Book. "We're celebrating how far we've come and celebrating individuality. It's about everyone having their own look and being defined by themselves. I love the idea that people don't wear makeup to cover up and hide behind a mask of makeup, it's about celebrating the creativity that you feel in the inside."


See the full list at Allure