Recreate New York Fashion Week Fall 2014's Best Beauty Looks

A clear trend has emerged at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 — dark, moody lip color with natural matte skin and soft shading on the eyes seems to be the look du jour. Although this season seems to be mostly devoid of super-imaginative (but distinctly unwearable) face fodder, the upside is that nearly every look so far is one an average human could sport in the streets. Whether you're seeking to emulate a look for a night out, or shake things up for Valentine's Day, here's how to get some of the best looks from the New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 runways. (Just skip ahead to the end for the latest of the looks!)

Creatures of the Wind

Leave the extravagant braids from Creatures of the Wind to the pros, and focus instead on what can be done at home. There’s nothing easier — or more eye-catching — than a pop of turquoise along the waterline, with the rest of the face left relatively bare. A peachy lip color is contrasting without becoming clownish.

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Turquoise Eyeliner

Apply liberally on the lower waterline only.

NARS Long-Wear Eyeliner in Khao San Road, $24,

Clear Brow Gel

Brush brows upward to keep them looking groomed, but not overdone.

Sonia Kashuk Brow Gel, $5.99,

Peach Lip Tint

This soft, universally flattering shade acts as the perfect foil to the bright blue accent on the eyes.

Tarte Power Pigment in Blissful, $24,

Peter Som

The eye makeup at Peter Som looked distinctly slept-in, like models had worn extravagant makeup in the evening only to roll out to brunch the next day. Smudge a soft black kohl or liner along the lashlines, leaving inner corners bare to keep eyes looking open wide, before brushing a glittery silver shadow beneath the eye. No need to be too precious — clear, natural skin and moisturized lips keep the whole thing clean.

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Black Eyeliner

This creamy formula glides on easily to make lining the eyes a breeze.

Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir, $27,

Silver Eyeshadow

Tap this pearly shimmer in and around the lower lashline to mimic the look.

Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Iridescent Pearl Grey 170,

Tinted Lip Balm

Finish the face with a slick of sheer peach-tinted balm.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Peach Kiss, $4.49,

Rebecca Taylor

Models wore romantic, soft-focus matte makeup at Rebecca Taylor, where the focus was on berry-stained lips. Just a touch of a metallic liner used on the lower lashline gave mascara-free eyes definition without competing with the rosy lip color.

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Translucent Powder

For matte skin that doesn’t look dry, use a big, fluffy brush to press on this soft-focus setting powder.

Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder, $34,

Matte Lip Color

A single layer of super-pigmented balm gives lips a just-bitten stain.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry, $8.99,

Copper Eyeliner

A thin, tight line on both top and bottom lends a metallic flash from certain angles.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smog, $20,


Faces at Tibi were strong but simple to accent the ridged braids along the scalp. Well-groomed brows can be attained with a touch of color for fullness and a strong hold brow gel, and sculpting powder applied with an angled brush flatters and contours the cheekbones. Use a lip brush to get the most defined, sharp-edged lip look.

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Brow Powder

Bold statement brows punctuate this look — use an angled brush to create feathery, hair-like strokes.

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, $23,

Sculpting Bronzer

Begin at the top of the ear and angle downward for perfectly defined cheekbones.

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Sculpting Powder, $44,

Matte Ruby Lipstick

This ruby-red shade anchors a strong, powerful look.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam, $26,

Vivienne Tam

The look at Vivienne Tam was all-over sun-kissed, with well-blended tawny eyes, lips, and cheeks. Use a slightly metallic cream blush and a brown eyeshadow in a similar formulation, blending with fingertips as you go.

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Bronze Cream Blush

Smooth a sheer, shimmery cream formula into the apples of cheeks.

In Touch Cream Blush in Chemistry, $27,

Brown Cream Eyeshadow

Concentrate color on the eyelids, then blend out for a diffused look.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge, $17,

Glossy Mauve Lipstick

This creamy formula is reflective without the mirror-shine of a true gloss.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rush, $22,

Zero + Maria Cornejo

The eyes dominated the face at Zero + Maria Cornejo, where models wore iridescent green and inky brown shadows up to the brow bone. Mint liner lightened the look and kept the rings of brown beneath from appearing too heavy. For a more wearable adaptation, leave the pale liner to the pros and opt instead for groomed brows, duochrome shadow, and brownish-black eye pencil.

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Green Duochrome Eyeshadow

For best results, use a flat shadow brush to apply this shimmery shadow, blending up and out from the lid.

NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bavaria, $25,

Dark Brown Liner

Smudge this smoky brown shade into and around the lashlines.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel, $20,

Tinted Brow Gel

Use an angled brush to fill in brows, then blend and shape with a clean spoolie.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow, $20,


The ladylike clothes at Honor were complemented by an even more ladylike palette. Luminous rosy skin and clean, arched brows received a lesson in toughness from thick black liner. Some models wore a natural petal pink lip color, while others got the metallic treatment in a purple-tinged shade.

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Black Liquid Liner

The flexible felt tip on this particular liner is crazy user-friendly, so you’ll have no problem creating the perfect angled cat eye.

Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black, $7.99,

Champagne Highlighter

Use the handy sponge to blend this cream-to-powder highlighter into the high points of the face for subtle sheen.

Benefit Watt’s Up, $30,

Pale Pink Blush

A dab of cream blush on the apples of cheeks adds flushed, just-in-from-the-cold color.

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed, $12.99,

Badgley Mischka

While we’re on the subject of snow bunnies: Badgley Mischka’s models looked fresh off the slopes with pinched cheeks and slightly frosted lips, but the gilded liner dotting the inner corners of eyes paid homage to the strictly uptown girl the brand caters to.

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Gold Liner

Create a clean, thin line along the upper lashline with this pencil.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Goldmine, $20,

Rosy Blush

Not quite beige and not quite pink, this perfectly natural-looking blush imparts both color and subtle contour.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed, $26,

Frosted Lipstick

It’s tempting to write off frosted lip color as a shameful relic of the ’90s, but not so fast! Worn with semi-matte skin, a pearly shade adds fullness and dimension to the face.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipcolor in Luminous Pink, $6.99,

J. Crew Collection

J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons is an inspiration for the ages, and her Fashion Week presentations never disappoint. This season, models sported glossy ruby lips, groomed brows, and defined eyes with black mascara and just a touch of pearly highlighter at the inner corners.

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Red Lipstick

Use a lip brush to layer on this creamy, pigmented formula with precision.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary, $20,

Pearly Highlighter

The tiniest pinprick-sized dot of this classic liquid highlighter blended into the inner corners of eyes lights up the whole face.

Benefit High Beam, $26,

Black Mascara

Use a lash comb before and after application for the cleanest, most defined lashes.

Maybelline Full & Soft Thick & Healthy Washable Mascara, $7.49,