It felt like summer was starting all over again when I browsed the runway looks from the recent NYFW 2020 shows. The bright blush, the citrine-hued nails, and the slicked back hairstyles looked like something ripped straight out of the 80s and early 90s Vogue magazines. Let’s take a look at my favorite wearable picks from backstage and on the NYFW 2020 Spring/Summer runway.
Fall-Inspired Smokey Eyes
I’m just going to dive into what my favorite look is out of the entire thing. I am such a fan of the smokey eye look but especially excited about the colors used on one of the models at the Marc Jacobs runway show. Each model was given their own unique makeup look, but this look above is what really caught my attention. Makeup looks were directed by none other than the legendary Pat McGrath, who had created 60 different makeup looks for the show, while hairstylist Guido Palau had just as tough of a job coming up with just as many hairstyles.
This wearable eye makeup look was created using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-conic Multi-Finish Eye Palette in Glambition, which is going on my holiday wishlist right now!
During the Tommy x Zendaya Fall 2019 runway show, (yes, fall!) another sighting of beautiful warm bronze colors was worn by models such as Ashely Graham. This show was the most talked-about runway of the season–it took place at the Apollo Theater! Celeb makeup artist Sir John for Lancome created a “Daytime Disco” look inspired by Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall.
You can start wearing this look now! Here’s how to create the eye and lip look, according to Makeup.com:
Create a Smoky Eye
Trace along your waterline and top lash line with Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir and smudge Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in Chocolat across the lower lash line. Define the crease and outer corners of the eyes with Lancôme Color Design Mono Eye Shadow in Henna and Embers. From the Lancôme Hypnôse Palette in Bois Corail, use the antique gold shade to light up the center of the lid.
Create Full Lashes and Strong Brows
Create the Perfect Lips for Fall
Using Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Cafe Noir for depth, fill in your lips and layer Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream Lipstick in Queen Ruby on top for richness.
Yes, faux freckles were a thing on the runway this season. Remember when this fad went big on social media earlier this year? It made its way to fashion week–but is this look for everyone? Not particularly. As someone who has struggled to fade their own freckles for decades, I don’t have any interest in drawing them back on! But, the people that can pull it off really look good as you can see in the example above from Brandon Maxwell’s 2020 runway show.
Using MAC’s Spellbinder eye shadow, which has a gunmetal metallic finish, makeup artist Tom Pecheaux created this look which is easy to achieve. Keeping brows natural a full, the eyeshadow is applied to the lid only with a few coats of mascara. A glossy nude lip and neutral blush keep the eyes at the center of attention.
Beautiful simplicity is my idea of spring and summer makeup. Keeping the skin gorgeous and dewy while maintaining a healthy brow are the staple components of 2020’s beauty style. It’s going to be an iconic year, so why not wear an iconic red lip? The statement lip is going to be huge come next year.
Models’ skin at Prabal Gurung’s runway show was prepped with Whal Myung Korean skincare, and each model wore either a glossy lip balm, a black glossy lip, a red lip or a deep burgundy shade. The inspiration was “etherial girls with a feminine touch,” according to MAC artist Lousie Zizzo.
As a forever fan of a liquid cat eye, I was thrilled to see that the cat-eye look isn’t dying out anytime soon. At Tadashi Shoji’s NYFW 2020 runway show, the look was inspired by lighter take on Harajuku girls’ style with a pop of yellow eyeliner on top of a blunt-edged black winged liner. A wash of bright pink blush was placed on the cheekbone with an upwards angle that lands near the corner of the outer eye edge. Lips were dabbed with sheer pops of glossy color.
The nail art was a standout for me. I loved the wavy lines pattern and red tips on the nails for this look.
Speaking of nails…
Nail Looks for 2020
Remember the lime green nail trend that happened this summer? The citrine nail trend for spring/summer 2020 is a refreshing and a bit more sophisticated take on that trend. Jin Soon Choi used the color Charme from her JINSOON nail color line at 3.1 Phillip Lim to create this beautiful look on the models’ nails.
The white-tipped French manicure is back, and it’s not just for weddings anymore! Manicurist Betina Goldstein created these elegantly simple French tipped nails for KHAITE by using @essie sheer nude polish in Mademoiselle and lined the tips in Blanc, also from Essie.
If I could get married all over again, I would be sporting these pearl-tipped French manicured nails down the aisle. For Alice + Olivia’s runway show, KISS Lead Nail Artist Gina Edwards applied tiny pearls from the brand’s Nail Art Kit. Edwards applied these pearls to a set of KISS press-on nails, which I have been a fan of for a few years.
Slick and sleek wet-looking hair is still a style that is going strong since the world fell in love with Kim Kardashian-West’s Met Gala look back in May. YouTuber Lana Summer makes the wet hairstyle technique look easy using a wig and some mousse! Above, you see a very wet hair look at Prabal Gurung, which can be achieved by using mousse with a shine serum applied on top for an extra slick look.
British celebrity hairstylist Guido Palau had a lot of troubles finding those old 1980s hair combs that he used for the Tory Burch runway show. He ended up spray painting the ones that he found to match the solid color combs that my mother wore every day of my childhood.
If the wet look isn’t your thing, you can try putting your hair back with these combs and a little mousse or a light hair gel to keep it all in place. You may have better luck finding these plastic combs at the dollar store than anywhere else unless you have better luck finding them than Guido did!