Once again, Fashion Month has come and gone. While you'll have to wait until spring to get your hands on the actual goods, there's nothing stopping you from testing out the many, many beauty looks that hit the runway right this second. Plus, it will cost you approximately one thousandth of a Prada coat. Win, win, win.
Beauty looks made for the runway tend to swing wildly between amped-up glamour, total absurdity and restraint, so to say that this season threw the hair and makeup playbook out the window wouldn't entirely be true. (Does that book even really exist?) And yet we did see a tidal shift toward radical realism -- sweaty hair and no makeup whatsoever -- and pure fun, as with funky little braids and inventive uses for eyeliner. There's a lot in this world that is serious. Beauty shouldn't be one of those things.
Here's our take on the top makeup and hair trends for spring 2015. Or, you know, this Saturday night.
All Natural Everything
Probably the biggest trend that emerged from Fashion Month -- championed most heavily by New York designers -- was makeup and hair looks that were normal in the extreme. Can we pin it on Beyoncé, who so famously sang, "I woke up like this"? Is #normcore to blame? Are we just tired of striving for an impossible level of perfection?
Hair ranged from looking real and unfussy (Versus Versace and Michael Kors) to sweat-drenched at Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and MM6 -- an unfortunate reality of the prolonged September heat in New York. Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs shut the club down with a makeup look that included nothing but lotion.
Of course, the prominence of minimalist beauty looks made anything artificial all the more eye-catching, and dolls, that most unnatural of makeup inspirations, gained a lot of traction this season. (Did it have anything to do with the resurgence of doll-faced models from the '00s on the runway? Maybe everyone was just channeling their aughts nostalgia in their own way.)
Whatever the reason, doll-like makeup cropped up everywhere from Altuzarra and Rochas to Vivienne Westwood Gold Label and Moschino — the doll in question at that last one, of course, would be named Barbie.
A number of designers upped the drama on the runway with moody shaded eyes. At Vera Wang, the makeup team drew inspiration from the idea of wood nymphs who hadn't seen the sun in a while; Hood by Air's bruise-like red shadow recalls prolonged exposure to an icy wind. Alexander McQueen, forever the king of dark romanticism, showcased a tired eye accented with a pearly brightness at the brow, lid and inner corner.
On the lighter side of things, Rosie Assoulin added a shadow just below the brow bone for an aged look, while Alexander Wang's subtle brown shading gave the eye more depth and interest.
The perfect partner to a bare face? Fun, weird braids. The looks ranged from insanely intricate, as at Bibhu Mohapatra, to face-framing baby braids you might have done during chemistry class (Jeremy Scott). Mara Hoffman and Suno went bigger than big, while Giamba mixed things up with a slightly uncomfortable-looking braids snaking down the models' center parts.
Forget cat eye liner. This season quite a few makeup artists got inventive with the application of liners, streaking them flat under the eye (Just Cavalli), in a swoop at the crease (Giamba) and down the lip (Dries van Noten did so in gold). At Prada, brow pencil got a rethinking; rather than rocking the filled-in brows that Cara Delevingne popularized, the beauty team traced a thin line across the top of the arch.