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6 Backstage Beauty Trends at NYFW

There are many more to come.

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NYFW has kicked off and there's plenty to see both on and off the runways. Here are a few of the trends to note backstage. You'll undoubtedly see more of them in the months to come.


Natural Brows

UOMA Beauty x Pyer Moss

Cranberry lids are grunge and fab — but those embellishments are a mood. Her natural brows are tamed using the Brow Fro collection, which launches in October 2019, and Afro.Dis.Iac liner by UOMA provides waterproof definition.


Skin-First Complexions

UOMA Beauty x Laquan Smith

Legendary celebrity makeup artist Sir John, who works with Beyonce, raved about UOMA's revolutionary Say What! foundation. The inclusive, 51-shade range first uses the Fitzpatrick scale to identify your 'Skin Kin' category, before matching you to your shade by undertone.

He explains, "I've been in the business 20 years. [F]or me, this is something that has made me think, and is truly how we should all look at makeup and foundation moving forward... Skin has such a major focus in this beauty look that it's honestly another character in the show."

The backstage look also featured flawless complexions, neutral lips, and shimmering feline wingtips with edgy rocker vibes.


Nude Nails

cote x Jonathan Simkhai

Photo via Autumn PR

To match Simkhai's pastel-heavy Spring 2020 collection, this barely-there shade of non-toxic nail polish only hints at beige. The manicure is a truly universal option for a glossy but otherwise natural look. Nail artist Naomi Yasuda used Protective Base and Top, $21, before applying cote No. 3, $18, and following up with a brush of Quick Dry, $21.


Curly Bangs

Oribe x Laurence & Chico

Photo via TL Communicate

Kien Hoang, Oribe Director of Training & Content, created these Carrie Bradshaw-inspired curls on the models backstage. Hair was prepped with various products from the luxury haircare line.

Photo via TL Communicate

First, Foundation Mist, $32, was applied.

Hair was then dried with Imperial Blow-out Transformative Styling Creme, $68, with Power Drops Hydration & Anti-Pollution Booster, $58, added to the ends for extra hydration.

To give hair a fluffy texture, stylists created bouncy curls which were then brushed out. It was then set using Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, $42 , and Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray, $42.


Abstract Lids

Inika Organic x Jonathan Cohen

Photo via note pr via Jonathan Cohen

Models wore the clean, vegan makeup line Inika Organic, with makeup artist Yuki Hayashi as the lead. "The look for the show takes inspiration from contemporary abstract paintings with bright colors and rich textures," begins Hayashi. "With the painted [eyeshadow] I imagined the model as an artist in her studio, smudging excess paint across her eyelids while she works."

To give the look an authentic feel, the Loose Mineral Eyeshadow, $19.76, can be applied with the finger. Hair was sponsored by Bumble & Bumble, creating undone California waves and '80s-inspired fabric braids. Lastly, non-toxic brand Roxanne Campbell was used on the nails.


Glossy Waves


Photo via Autumn PR

To score the hairstyle above from KITH's runway, first apply MISTRESS Hydrating Hair Balm, $29, to damp strands. After that, blow dry straight, part your hair, and curl in sections. Then separate the waves using Rich Kid Coconut Oil Air Dry Styler, $29, for glossy, piece-y perfection.

Other runway hairstyles were inspired by places like the Alps, Sahara, and Paris.

What backstage beauty looks do you want to see? Tell me on Instagram.

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