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6 Standout Beauty Trends From New York Fashion Week

Including bejeweled makeup, low ponytails, voluminous hairstyles, glitter nails and inventive eyeliner shapes.
The beauty look from Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2019 show. Photo: Imaxtree

The beauty look from Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2019 show. Photo: Imaxtree

The Fall 2019 shows have come to a close in New York, so it's time to reflect on the most memorable runway beauty moments. This season, designers and their backstage glam teams seemed to really lean into the pretty and the playful when it came to hair and makeup, creating joyful, fun looks to accompany their collections.

Makeup artists put their skills on display with dreamy watercolor eye-shadow looks, while hairstylists seemed to collectively channel one particular member of the royal family with a penchant for sleek, elegant hairstyles. Minimalist — but not boring — nails were a common staple for the shows; lashes got bigger and more exaggerated, while brows became somewhat less of a focus. (There were some pretty major beauty moments and enviable hair accessories outside the shows, too.) But those weren't the only trends we spotted.

We've spent the week tracking all things beauty, culling our favorite looks and taking note of the recurring themes the fashion world is embracing for the season. Ahead, six standout hair and makeup trends that dominated the NYFW Fall 2019 runways. 

Bejeweled Hair and Makeup

Gems, crystals, pearls and jewels have often made appearances backstage, but this season, they became focal points. Area's models wore what hairstylist Jawara Wauchope called "bodega crystal braids" — which essentially meant that they were dripping in crystals designed by Preciosa Components. Most models wore the strands of gems hanging down both sides of center parts, but several had them tied throughout Bantu knots for a bit of extra sparkle. Christian Siriano accented his rhinestone-heavy collection with a similarly glittery beauty look; makeup artist Erin Parsons for Maybelline glued individual gems to models' faces, yielding a "veil of crystals." But crystals weren't the only gemstone of choice: Adeam's Fall 2019 beauty look included tiny pearl appliqués, which makeup artist Sada Ito (for Nars) placed at the inner corners of the eye — over the tear duct, for a highlight-like effect. Nail artist Mei Kawajiri (for OPI) also incorporated pearls into the nail look for the show.

Crimped, Voluminous Hair

In contrast to the sleek, Markle-like hairstyles on several runways, other shows celebrated voluminous, delightfully frizzy hair. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert (for TreSemmé) created a slew of unique hairstyles at Oscar de la Renta, with a selection of models wearing over-the-top fluffy curls. The Michael Kors runway celebrated '70s vibes with exaggerated texture, which hairstylist Orlando Pita created by setting models' hair into zig-zags with bobby pins and hot tools. At PH5, Rodney Cutler for Cutler Salon/Redken busted out the crimping irons to create a look inspired by  "a modern-day Alice In Wonderland."

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Inventive Eyeliner

When it came to eye makeup, the dominant trend backstage at NYFW was clear: anything goes. That approach yielded unexpected, even flat-out weird eyeliner shapes, with models at 3.1 Phillip Lim wearing thin white slashes across their creases, exaggerated black graphic lines paired with brilliant pops of turquoise and purple at Anna Sui and a smudged, punk-y take on eyeliner at Proenza Schouler

All-Over Brick Red

In pretty trends we can't wait to copy for ourselves, brick-red makeup — on lips, nails, cheeks and eyes — was big this season. Makeup artists riffed on the shade with varying degrees of subtlety and intensity: At Kate Spade, makeup artist Romy Soleimani (for Maybelline) used blurred-out washes of the hue on lips and eyes, draping onto the cheekbones. Oscar de la Renta's look was similarly matchy-matchy, with a blotted brick-red lip that mimicked the brown-tinged nail look by Miss Pop for Zoya. At Alice + Olivia, Parsons created a more vibrant take on the trend with a glossy, reflective red lip.

Low Ponytails

Arguably the most wearable-IRL beauty trend from the Fall 2019 shows so far is one Ariana Grande might not love: the low ponytail (sorry, Ari). At Cushnie, hairstylist Justine Marjan (for TreSemmé) center-parted models' hair and brushed it into a sleek ponytail at the nape of the neck, securing it with a knotted piece of string. She was also behind the chain-adorned low ponytails on the Siriano runway. Gilbert crafted a slightly more undone version of the style for Jonathan Simkhai, which featured a tousled texture and a looped knot of hair to hold the tail in place. Gilbert again experimented with low ponytails for the Oscar de la Renta show, first making hair shiny and bouncy, with brushed-out loose curls, and then adding a variety of barrettes and accessories.

Silver Glitter Nails

Glitter is still going strong for Fall 2019, particularly in gleaming chrome: Nail artist Rita Remark (for Essie) created a color-blocked effect using silver sparkles and black polish at Christian Siriano, while Julie Kandalec (for Essie) layered silver chunky glitter polish over bare nails for a slightly subtler effect at Kate Spade. Jin Soon Choi paired silver glitter with taupe tips at Tibi for a middle ground between the two.

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