From post-yoga hair to bold berry lips, New York Fashion Week beauty looks to recreate at home

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This season, New York backstage beauty has been a tale of two extremes. 

In one camp lies the fresh, flattering and ultimately wearable looks that the city has become known for. But the shows have also been peppered with quirky, avant garde beauty statements that set the bar for a season of exciting beauty inspiration. 

Whether you opt for the subtle or brave the sublime, here are the most important beauty looks to prep for next season - from post-yoga hair to bold berry lips and beyond... 

Images: Getty, Rex, NARS

  • Alexander Wang

    The look: the morning after the night before

    The girls at Alexander Wang looked at though they had been up all night partying, with worn-in bronze shadow and rebellious, punk-inspired hair. 

    To recreate: Encircle eyes with Velvet Shadow Stick in Dark Angel, £20, Nars and blend with a fluffy eyeshadow brush, reaching into the inner corner and stretching at the outer corner. 

    For hair, a drenching with salt spray will give you that tousled, gutsy texture but Redken's new shampoo, Volume Beach Envy does the hard work for you, adding a salt-riddled texture - just a shame we have to wait until it launches in June. 

  • Creatures of the Wind

    The look: the bold berry lip

    Burgundy-toned lips were big news this season, and set against a bare face like at the Creatures of the Wind show, it keeps the look from veering into overdone territory.

    To recreate: Brush up brows and keep skin dewy by patting face oil onto the highest planes of the face to highlight. Line lips with a matte plum pencil and layer with a matching gloss for broken-up, diffused colour.  

  • Rodarte

    The look: a Gothic romance 

    The gilded headpieces and crowns entwined with real orchids really were a sight to behold, but the ethereal skin and boisenberry lip added a sense of otherworldly attitude we all could do with in our lives. 

    To recreate: Dust the centre of the eyelids and the inner corners with a shimmery white shadow and apply a blackberry toned lipstick (they used Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, £19, Nars backstage) straight from the bullet for colour intensity.

  • Proenza Schouler

    The look: post-yoga hair

    We love it when hairstylists make hair faux pas acceptable, and that's exactly what Anthony Turner did here. With greasy, sweaty roots, this post-yoga ponytail is possibly the easiest way to adopt next season's trends. 

    To recreate: A styling cream like Creme with Silk Groom, £19, Kiehl's combed from the roots will leave hair looking wet for longer. Simply pull into a low pony at the nape of the neck. 

  • Marc Jacobs

    The look: 20s finger curls 

    Granted, this look isn't one you can do in the morning (it took hairstylist Guido and his team an hour for each girl) but these set waves with loose, fluffy ends have a certain sculptural elegance.

    To recreate: A tricky one to DIY, translate this look into the real world by simply framing the face with a gel-drenched curl (try Velvet Gelatine, £14.30, Redken available at tucked behind the ear. 

  • Tory Burch

    The look: equestrian-style knots

    Elegant and timeless, these mussed-up buns were created on freshly washed hair which was tonged to add texture and twisted up in an undone chignon that looked like it had been knotted together. 

    To recreate: A blast of  Wind Blown Dry Finishing Spray, £12.20, Redken will create a backcombed texture in a single spray. 

  • Chromat

    The look: super cyan lashes

    Sometimes a bold liner just isn't enough, and the fun has to extend to the lashes. 

    To recreate: find a matching blue mascara and eyeliner duo (Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect in Extreme Blue, £25, YSL goes really well with Long Wear Eyeliner in Cobalt, £6.99, Max Factor) and apply the liner tight to the lash line. 

  • Jeremy Scott

    The look: Dolly Parton in Space

    We're obsessed with the country-meets-space-age beauty look at Jeremy Scott.

    To recreate: Huge rollers are needed to inject hair with massive volume, but for make-up, simply follow the eye's crease line with a turquoise gel liner and use a lip brush to apply neon-pink lipstick for extra precision. 

    Here's why Dolly is our new beauty muse

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