When it comes to beauty, fashion week isn’t just about eccentric, stage-makeupy looks that most of us would never dream of rocking IRL. Every season, there emerge a handful of fresh beauty trends that actually are adaptable for the majority of the non-model population. Of those, here are our favorites from the Fall 2015 shows in New York.
THE NEW LIP
Marsala, as Pantone calls the shade they dubbed 2015’s color of the year, is best described as a faded, browned-down red. On the runways at Philip Lim and Donna Karan, the models wore distinct and equally striking variations on the hue—and, in the case of the latter, the look is soft enough to flatter virtually anyone in real life. Created by Charlotte Tilbury, who blended two shades together to create a smoldering tawny pout with zero shine, it’s easier to pull off than 90s grunge oxblood or red red. To do it yourself, use MAC lipsticks in Spirit and Verve—and whatever you do, hold the gloss. “A matte finish is a sophisticated and chicer way of wearing color,” Tilbury told Style.com.
After what’s felt like decades (but really, is more a matter of years) the “it” hair color in the fashion world isn’t impossibly pale platinum or an Easter egg pastel. Just the opposite, it’s inky black. Said Edie Campbell, who went to the dark side at the hands of Guido Paulo for the Hugo Boss Show, “I think it’s kind of stronger than blond hair. You know, it gives the whole look a bit more power, which is quite nice—particularly for a show.” Style.com reports that Campbell is going back to blonde for the Europe shows, which are happening right now. As for going black in real life? This kind of back-and-forth toggling probably isn’t feasible. Unless you’re willing to risk your hair’s health, take this plunge only if you’re willing to make a long-term commitment to darker color, and by all means, leave it up to a skilled colorist.
A FACE FULL OF COLOR (AKA ‘PRETTY’ MAKEUP)
Though it’s certainly easy and almost always flattering, “no makeup-makeup” can get boring. (Marc Jacobs himself just declared it “over.”) Backstage at Rachel Zoe, Charlotte Tilbury echoed that sentiment by giving the models good old fashioned pretty: illuminated, youthfully pink-flushed cheeks, pastel-dusted eyes topped with black flicked liner and Twiggy-esque lashes, and plush pink lips.
LONG, LUXURIOUS LOCKS
Low-fuss hair (see: the lob, the ponytail, the “gym updo”) has reigned supreme on the runways for several seasons—and on the heads of tastemakers and fashionistas all over the world (see: Emily Weiss, Miroslava Duma). But that’s all changing. Elle magazine reported that the extensions used at Donna Karan (every model got them) cost more than $35,000 in all. As for how the long hair was styled? Not a beach wave in sight; the look consisted only of a deep side part with a high-gloss sheen. If you’re looking to emulate the luxe straight-hair look via extensions, we say go for it—and note that 100% human “virgin” hair, while certainly not your cheapest option, will look and feel the best.