The Most Stunning Beauty Moments From NYFW

Major hair and makeup inspo ahead.

by Hilary Shepherd
New York Fashion Week's Best Beauty Trends: The 1990s braids and grunge-inspired makeup at Altuzarra...
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New York Fashion Week is back — and if there’s anything to learn from its hiatus, it’s that there’s nothing like seeing stellar beauty looks IRL. As fashion month heads to London, see some of the most standout hair and makeup moments from the Spring 2022 shows in the Big Apple.

Elevated Hair

“Big, fun, and very camp,” is how Evanie Frausto, lead hairstylist for Bumble and bumble, described the gravity-defying hair at Christian Cowan. Complementary sheer lips and fresh complexions came courtesy of MUA and Smashbox Cosmetics lead artist Isamaya Ffrench.

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Pops Of Neon

At Prabal Gurung, MUA Sil Bruinsma painted the inner and outer corners of models’ eyes with different colors (think hot pink, neon green, and cerulean). To let their eyes do the talking, he left the rest of their faces dewy and bronzed.

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Intergalactic Buns

The Blonds are notorious for their club-ready looks. Moroccanoil artistic director Kevin Hughes crafted the glistening buns, which were inspired by “the glamor of the galaxy” and looked otherworldly with bleached brows and temple-grazing eyeshadow.

Tropical Glow

Pat McGrath gave the models at Anna Sui a pinky glow along the eyelids, with bits of metallic silver included throughout. Meanwhile, hair pro Garren served vacation-ready locks for the paradise-themed show.

Artsy Eyes

Makeup legend James Kaliardos took inspo from the artwork of the Rodarte sisters’ mother, he wrote in an Instagram post. Using Nars products, the pro drew cheerful illustrations along models’ foreheads and around their eyes.

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Sleek Plaits

At Proenza Schouler, Guido Palau, lead hairstylist for Bumble and bumble, crafted “modern punk braids,” using black elastics throughout to create a “binded-braid look.” For sleekness, the pro used a gel-oil before finishing things off with hairspray to lock everything in place.

Blue Crush

At Monse, Stila Cosmetics global beauty director Charlie Riddle ran with the collection’s theme of “escaping reality” by drawing streaks of icy blue liquid eyeshadow along the tops of models’ eyelids.

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Playful Beads

In addition to Breakfast at Tiffany’s-inspired bouffants, colorful, beaded box braids appeared at Moschino. Created by hair master Danilo, the look was every bit in line with Jeremy Scott’s playful, kitschy theme of ladies-who-lunch meets nursery rhymes.

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Pale Pink Pouts

At Jason Wu, MUA Diane Kendal kept it sophisticated and chic, with soft pink lips and ’90s-esque frosty blue lids. On the hair front, stylist Jimmy Paul kept strands slicked-back and fresh.

Gray Gardens

Always one to create a spectacle, Thom Browne’s show was a true fantasy. To match the gray 3D floral designs included in the collection, Isamaya Ffrench painted silver flowers on models’ faces, while hairstylist James Pecis created tight twists.

Glossy Eyelids

Gloss-coated eyelids are in — just ask Hailey Bieber — as are wet strands. At Peter Do, both trends were executed flawlessly, with Aaron de Mey on makeup and Mustafa Yanaz on hair.

Ear Glitter

There was so much to love at Collina Strada, from the bleached brows to the colored hair streaks. But it was the sparkly ear makeup that felt especially cool. MUA Allie Smith adorned the region with iridescent glitter by MAC, giving the beauty a whimsical vibe.

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’90s Grunge

The ’90s were out in full force at Altuzarra, where hair pro Odile Gilbert braided models’ front strands, leaving the rest of the hair relaxed and natural. Meanwhile, Dick Page said he used “smudgy gray, rosewood, and [the] darkest black brown around the eyes” with a flushed cheek.


Sculptural Braids

Jawara Wauchope was the force behind the incredible braids seen at Christian Siriano. With what appears to be colorful pieces of ribbon weaved in throughout, the look felt more like a gorgeous sculpture than a hairstyle.

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Fierce Cat Eyes

There was no shortage of glamour and glitz at LaQuan Smith — and that includes the makeup. Crafted by Sheika Daley, the look featured dramatic cat eyes with coats of sparkly gold eyeshadow in bold colors like cobalt blue and red.

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