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The 5 Beauty Trends to Know from New York Fashion Week Spring 2013

After sorting through all of our favorite beauty looks from the Spring 2013 collections, we narrowed down the many styles to the top five that you have to know. Herewith, our cheat sheet on the trends-to-try for early next year. From perfected matte complexions to aggressively-placed parts, you won’t want to miss any of these fun new styles.

Oceanic eye colors at Kate Spade. 

1. Blue Eyeshadow

Blue shadows once only existed in our (awkward) memories of the ’90s or in the makeup kits of the very bold. But no longer. This season we caught sight of gorgeous sky blue, sapphire and marine hues swept onto eyelids at shows like Kate Spade, Monique Lhullier, Jason Wu, Tibi, and Patrick Ervell. 

Flawless complexions at Naeem Khan. 

2. Matte Skin

Spring-time usually calls for dewy skin and prettily placed highlights, but this year makeup artists like NARS’ James Boehmer at Naeem Khan opted for a more muted and perfected look using matte formulas. We spied a similar flawless finish at Billy Reid, Alexander Wang and Timo Weiland.

Poised and pretty chignons at Carmen Marc Valvo. 

3. Low Chignons

A fashion week favorite is often a re-interpreted ponytail—slick, voluminous, tousled, and so on. But we were pleasantly surprised this season to see several new takes on the classic and sophisticated low chignon. From Carmen Marc Valvo’s ’50s style messy bun, to the multi-piece creation at Suno, to the tightly rolled loops at Altuzarra and Naeem Khan, the ladylike style was modernized and easily adapted to match even the edgiest and most delicate ensembles.

Masculine and feminine part ways at SUNO. 

4. Deep Side Parts

Sharp parts have had many a moment before, either in the center or just to the side of it, but this season they became particularly dramatic—often swept farther to the right or left than we’ve ever seen them. The look was hugely popular, showing up on the runway at Richard Chai, Michael Kors, Yigal Azrouel, Custo Barcelona, Hervé Leger and more. For extra drama, stylists like Kerastase’s Odile Gilbert at SUNO swept a variety of wet and texturizing products through strands to create a sleeker style.

They’re classic for a reason—everyone loves wearing them. Nude nails at Costello Tagliapietra.

5. Nude Nails

While nude nails aren’t a groundbreaking look, neutral manicures were so overwhelmingly prevalent at spring shows that we’d be remiss if we didn’t include them. (In fact, at least 50 collections were paired with muted shades this season). From Butter London’s slightly self-adjusting Nail Foundation at The Row and Band of Outsiders, to Essie’s translucent Minimalistic at Costello Tagliapietra, to the distressed black and nude pairing at Kaelen, sheer and matte neutrals made a serious statement for spring. 

(Photos: Kathleen Lynch and Candice Chan, Birchbox) 


Nail art lovers, don’t miss our roundup of the top 10 manicures from fashion week.

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