10 Major Spring 2012 NYFW Beauty Trends to Try Now

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10 Major Spring 2012 NYFW Beauty Trends to Try Now

Another Fashion Week has come and gone, leaving only hangovers, swollen feet, and the vague scent of hairspray in the air near Lincoln Center. Plus some totally amazing beauty looks. You may have to wait until next spring to indulge in the styles, but these New York Fashion Week trends are ones that you can start practicing right now.


Asymmetrical French Mani from Holmes & Yang



We won’t comment on whether Katie can legitimately claim to be a designer. But the nails at her show, created by OPI artists, were fab. Start by applying OPI nail lacquer in Samoan Sand (part of the permanent collection, yay!), and then add a tiny assymetrical accent on each tip. Models wore OPI lacquers in Black Onyx and Big Apple Red, but any eggplant or rich chocolate hue would be amazing for fall. Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Wireimage


Sleek Chignons from Ralph Lauren



Redken Creative Consultant Guido created this simple, elegant low bun to accompany the hats that many models wore in the show. (Ever wondered how to style your hair around a statement chapeau? This is how.) To style at home, blow hair dry with Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion, then gather hair into a pony at the nape of the neck. Spritz Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist on the pony and twist it into a bun, fastening it with hair pins before adding a finishing coat of Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray to keep the ‘do in place. Photo credit: Charles Sykes for Redken


Ultimate Topknots from Joanna Mastroianni



This out-of-control updo, created by star stylist Edward Tricomi, is equal parts bad-hair-day-lifesaver and formal occasion option. So, so, pretty. To get it, fasten hair into a high ponytail directly at the top of the head. Then start twisting, and as the hair naturally settles down into a coil, keep twisting and wrapping, eventually fastening with hair pins. To create a more abstract look, pin some of the hair down off-center. Finish with hair spray.


Bubble Maincures at Joy Cioci



We’d rather have “bubbles” on our fingers over “caviar,” any day. Channel your inner Esther Williams with this mani, created by CND Creative Nail Design’s Candice Manacchio. Candice created the underwater look by applying a top coat and then dipping fingers into a cup of tiny beads. Press the beads gently into the lacquer to help them adhere. Photo courtesy of CND


Pageboy Waves from Zac Posen



John Frieda Global Creative Consultant Luigi Murenu created this ‘40s-inspired wave for the Zac Posen show. He applied a bit of Frizz-Ease Hair Serum at the crown to prevent flyaways, then distributed Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse throughout hair. He then parted hair in the middle and blew it dry, focusing on the ends of hair and keeping the crown flat and smooth. He used a small curling iron on the ends to create wave, and finished with a blast of Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray.


A “Fairy Nail” from Behnaz Sarafpour



This shimmering, glittering, prismatic mani is so much easier than it looks! Created by CND nail artist Shelena Robinson, backstage artists created the Fairy Dust manicure by blending CND Spectrum Shimmer and Antique Bronze polish additives into CND Air Dry Top Coat. At home, either blend art-supply store glitter into a bottle of top coat or use a brush to apply glitter directly to the nail while the top coat is still tacky. Start in the middle and brush down toward the tip, then seal with another layer of top coat to add a layer of protection and extra sparkle. Photo courtesy of CND


Tomboy Makeup from Rag & Bone



Speaking to every woman’s ideal beauty look, Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman said, “I wanted to create a look that was bold, but still looked soft and natural.” To get the look, apply Revlon Photoready BB Cream to moisturize and even skin tone, then define eyes with Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Addictive. Line eyes with Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, and finish with Glow Luscious Mascara to lengthen lashes. If your brows are thin or sparse, fill them in with Revlon Brow Fantasy.

On the lips, Westman mixed Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lisptick in Supermodel with Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum to get a tawny, natural “your-lips-but-better” look.


Geometric Manis from Lauren Moffatt



At Lauren Moffatt’s presentation, the leafy greens and tomato reds in the collection were complemented by this diagonal mani, created by artists from OPI. They started with full coats of OPI nail lacquer in Don’t Touch My Tutu, then applied swaths of color in either A Roll in the Hague (from this year’s Holland Collection) or The “It” Color plus Don’t Talk Bach to Me. Photo credit: Hannah Thompson for OPI


Wash-and-Go Ponytails from Reed Krakoff



“The Reed Krakoff woman [is] urban, sophisticated and modern,” says Redken creative consultant Guido. This unfussy pony is just the thing for adding a dash of interest to straight hair, and somehow manages to look sleek and sporty at the same time. To get it, spread Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil to wet hair, then use fingers to create a slight part on the side. Let the hair dry naturally until it’s about 70 percent set, then use your fingers to pull it back into a low pony. Spritz Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray along the hairline and crown to keep flyaways away.


Springtime Reverse French Manis from Jenni Kayne



At Jenni Kayne, the nail artists started with the same OPI lacquer as a base, Don’t Touch My Tutu, but then applied strikes of happy yellow Need Sunglasses? along the tips for a sweet contrast.