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Five fresh beauty trends to try from New York Fashion Week

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If Paris is the romantic, London is the rebel and Milan is the exuberant of the global Fashion Weeks, New York is the eclectic.

The US of A has always enjoyed fusing seemingly contradictory elements for a true beauty melting pot. Spring/Summer ’18 is no different, as the backstage glam squads took inspiration from athleisure, graffiti and streetwear, but gave everything an Upper East Side twist.

From an actually achievable beachy hair look to a fool-proof new flick, we’ve rounded up our five favourite trends for next season to try now…

1. Spin skin

A slick, near-juicy glow is in vogue

A slick, near-juicy glow is the skincare look of the moment; captured by a model for Prabal Gurung

If you’ve never really mastered strobing (that’s the dappling of highlighter across your Cupid’s bow, tops of your cheekbones and your temples, FYI), have no fear.

This season, at Victoria Beckham and Prabal Gurung, skin was almost juicy with all-over shine.


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With a lick of extra sheen under the temples and down the centre of the face, it’s a fresher take on highlighting that emulates that coveted post-gym glow.

2. The ‘anything goes’ flick

A Cleopatra-style line showcased backstage at Jill Stuart

A Cleopatra-style line showcased backstage at Jill Stuart

The wing is dead, long live the wing. Eschewing razor sharp, strictly feline flicks, this season, the wing du jour has moved into more subversive territory.

At Jill Stuart, liner began under the eyes rather than on top, extending out into a more Cleopatra-style line at the outer corners.

At Tom Ford, more was certainly more, as each girl sauntered down the runway with an Amy Winehouse-esque chunky line, while Jason Wu’s girl had just a daubing of liner on the outer corners of her eye.

3. Pop of colour

Dreamy pink on show at Self-Portrait

It's all about hues of dreamy pink at Self-Portrait

Sorbet shades like dusty pink and baby blue always make an appearance come spring, but a solid block of colour can be a hard look to carry off.

Things took a more ethereal turn at Self Portrait, with floating colour adorning the eyelids of their model posse, while at Creatures of Comfort there was a painterly quality to the soft smudge of ochre tones.


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Finally, at Fenty x Puma, glittery shadow placed to the side of the orbital bone or closer to the temples made for a playful finish.

4. Think pink

Alexander Wang knows the power of bold and beautiful hair

Alexander Wang knows the power of bold and beautiful hair

‘Rose quartz’ (that’s millennial pink to you and I) may have been Pantone’s Colour Of The Year for 2016, but this is one shade that refuses to budge.

From the rose-hued hair of Alexander Wang’s cool-girl squad to the dustier, dirtier tone employed almost blended into models’ highlight at Fenty x Puma, there’s plenty of fun to be had with pink still.

Meanwhile, at Self Portrait, a more acid-bright tone was daubed in the inner corners of the eye for a slightly more ‘80s effect.

5. The new beachy

Beach hair holds the limelight at Alexander Wang

Beachy waves hold the limelight at Alexander Wang

Unless your name is Gisele, the closest you’ve probably ever got to beachy texture has been an elusive five minutes after a day by the ocean, suddenly snatched by a blast of wind and rendering the whole thing a matted mess.


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But for SS18, beach hair is less precious – at Sies Marjan, natural curls were scrunched and enhanced, and slightly flattened in places for an insouciant feel, while at Alexander Wang, random, loose waves were added through the lengths of finer locks, making for touchably textured hair.  

Images: Rex Features

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