These are the looks we loved.

New York Fashion Week has wrapped for another season but there’s still plenty we can’t stop thinking about. Whether you need some ideas for your next Friday night (or any night) beauty look, or just want a little preview of what you’ll likely see recreated all over your Instagram feed in the coming months, here’s six of our favourite runway beauty looks we spied backstage at the shows.

Decked Out Digits


Stones, crystals, gold beads — oh my! Lead nail artist for Kiss Nails Gina Edwards served up two edgy nail looks to compliment the bohemian rocker chic collection at the Alice + Olivia presentation. Using both squoval and coffin-shaped black-matte stick-on nails from ImPress, Edwards applied nail stickers from Kiss’ Jewel Accents Luxury Nail Art pack, and further proceeded to apply custom stones and gems with a clear Kiss brush-on glue. With a total of fifty models in the show, and each set of nails taking roughly an hour and forty minutes to create, it was a true labour of love, said Edwards.

Braids Of Glory

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“Ulla Jonhson loves braiding. She loves any kind of intricate design, so of course we’re not going to do any normal three-plait braid,” explained hairstylist Bob Racine about his wispy-yet-perfect fishtail plaits that started at the nape of the neck. “The flyaways are gorgeous and charming. That’s the kind of style we wanted to have. It’s very approachable.”

Power Pastels

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Effortless beauty for the modern-day working woman was the key messaging at Rebecca Minkoff’s see-now, buy-now SS2020 presentation near the beginning of the week. To follow suit, nail guru Gina Edwards used “do-and-go” press-on nails from ImPress. “The whole idea was cool, moody pastels and adding some accents,” Edwards explained. What these easy, breezy hues definitely are not: “the chalky pastels of the ‘90s,” she said.

Pop of Gold

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The Blonds collection was inspired by a “Rococo vision of heaven,” explained lead makeup artist Kabuki. Using MAC Cosmetics, Kabuki created a dramatic golden wing on model’s eyelids by layering shimmering brown and gold shadows along the crease.

She’s Electric

Photograph by Imaxtree

The main beauty moment at Self-Portrait was definitely this exaggerated, neon-winged eye. We’re filing this one under daring, party-ready makeup vibes.

Mega Shimmer and Shine

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Honestly, you had to be there to truly appreciate just how breathtaking this runway beauty moment at Area was. Inspired by images in 1970s catalogues where models’ hair looked like it was caught in knots, hair maestro Jawara Wauchope made sparkling crystal wigs, which he then sewed into girls’ hair using a traditional sew-in weave technique. “We treated the crystal wigs as if they were wefts, and sewed them on [braided] tracks,” said the hairstylist.

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