8 Cool, Yet Totally Unwearable NYFW Beauty Looks

by Melanie Richtman

To put it simply, New York Fashion Week is an opportunity for designers to present their creative vision for the upcoming season. While the clothes can sometimes be unconventional, the end goal is to sell their dresses, so they have to be somewhat wearable. However, that is not the case when it comes to the models who wear them. Designers have complete freedom when it comes to the hair and makeup that’s going down the runway, which often leads to some pretty unique beauty looks.

This New York Fashion Week is no different. Of course, there are the orthodox beauty looks from the likes of J. Crew and Marchesa, with pretty hair, glowing skin and conventional lip colors, and then there are the risk takers, like Jeremy Scott and Anna Sui, who blur the lines between theatrical makeup and a Halloween costume, in the best way possible.

Unfortunately, most of us can’t walk into work with paint splattered on our hair and be taken seriously, so we are forced to live vicariously through the hottest it-girl models of the moment (I'm looking at you, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid) and admire their beauty-forward looks through photos. Here are 8 of the coolest, craziest, yet most unwearable beauty looks from NYFW that I'm secretly dying to try. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Anna Sui's Nordic-Inspired Makeup

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The Nordic-inspired makeup at Anna Sui is just so cool, and completely impossible to wear, which makes me want to figure out a situation where it is socially acceptable to show up with drawings on my face. Unfortunately I don't think that situation exists. Oh well, I'll just admire this badass makeup from afar.

Jeremy Scott's Painted Wigs and Neon Eyeshadow

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Not only is the dramatic neon eyeshadow at Jeremy Scott bold, the designer also took colored hair to a new level for his F/W 2015 show. Scott had the models wear hand-painted wigs that were meant to look like acrylic doll hair. It's not dye, it's actual paint. Do you think I could get that pink color for my walls?

DKNY's Graphic Eyeliner

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I'm not really sure what the inspiration was for this graphic eyeliner at DKNY, but you have to admit that the idea is very intriguing. Perhaps it makes your eyes look bigger?

Zero + Maria Cornejo's Smudged Black Eyeshadow

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Zero + Maria Cornejo just went for it. And by went for it, I mean it kind of looks like the makeup artists enlisted their nieces and nephews to apply black eyeshadow haphazardly on the models' faces. It kind of reminds me of watercolor, in an eerily beautiful way.

Alexander Wang's Greasy Hair

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It's not that I necessarily want to have greasy hair hanging in front of my face, but more so that I want to be able to rock greasy hair every once in a while without being judged. I think Alexander Wang is helping fight this battle for me.

Rodarte's Diamond-Lined Eyes

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Makeup artist James Kaliardos glued small Swarovski crystals underneath the models' eyes at Rodarte, which is incredibly beautiful. If someone can make this eye look acceptable for everyday wear, I will personally nominate them for a Nobel Prize.

Edun's Upside Down Cat Eye

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This eyeliner look at Edun is basically an upside down cat eye, which isn't exactly unwearable in itself, but I feel like most people would assume that your eyeliner is smudged, rather than it being a deliberate attempt to draw the line down towards your ear lobe.

Carolina Herrera's Glitter Snow Lashes

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If you live in a state that is currently in the midst of winter, this look is totally wearable. In fact, you can probably achieve this look with very little effort if you just step outside and let snowflakes collect on your lashes, which was the inspiration for this Carolina Herrera look. In reality, I think eyelash glitter is something women would get behind, so perhaps we can declare this lash look wearable.

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