Despite what you may think, Fashion Week is more than just figuring out what’s on trend for next season. When you’re a weirdo like us, it’s also about keeping an eye out for all of the oddball moments that provide fashion and beauty inspiration for months to come. It’s a chance to try something weird—to go against the grain and rebel against the trends.
Sure, many of us lazy girls are thrilled with the no-makeup makeup trend that continues to take over the runway, but we’re still always down for a bit more creativity—especially when it feels like an arts and crafts project. Pearl-covered eyebrows, anyone?
Below, feast your eyes on the 20 coolest—and weirdest—beauty looks we saw at New York Fashion Week. You bet we’ll be giving these a try.
Models at AREA got the royal treatment with the wildest looped braid crowns and pinkish-purple blush bombs.
Bushy-browed, barefaced models at Jonathan Simkhai rocked a hair look, by TRESémme, we’d like to call “chicly electrocuted.” It was certainly wilder than most purposely frizzy, unkempt looks we’ve seen, but it still felt romantic and elegant.
Mehron created a sophisticated goth beauty look backstage at Linder. The lips were fully black and precise. The rest of the face was clean, and the hair was sleek and straight. It’s a goth look you could still wear home to mom.
You bet we’ll be trying out all six of the graphic cat eyes at Marc Jacobs in the coming weeks.
The bright yellow lids at Novis by NARS are the perfect ray of sunshine to welcome in spring.
We don’t know what to try first, CND’s sparkle fingers or the crystal-lined undereye by M.A.C at Jeremy Scott.
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a bright swipe of color, like this eye look by NARS at Rachel Comey.
We love the juxtaposition of warm and cool tones in the beauty look for Chromat. M.A.C’s glossy gold-and-neon orange eye look feels like fire against the wavy blue nails by Lady Fancy Nails.
We’re pretty intrigued by these multicolored pearl eyebrows at Laurence & Chico. The entire collection is essentially Chanel on acid, and we’re here for it.
This season, Eckhaus Latta highlighted the importance of skin care with its beauty look. Models donned artfully placed clay mask smears by Immunocologie rather than makeup. Who knew self-care could look so cool?
The eye look at Namilia by Glamsquad really played on its vagina-themed collection, featuring gold glitter-lined hot pink raccoon eyes and pearl accents.
While these nails by LeChat for Opening Ceremony may seem just like an ordinary black-and-red tiger design, the polish actually changes color based on body temperature. Worn by dancers for OC’s production this season, nails appear a darker maroon until they begin dancing and the color turns bright red.
While there were many beauty switches happening at VFiles, this metallic dirt “dug-up doll” look has to be our favorite. Expect us to copy these foil fingers.
We can’t get enough of Self-Portrait’s flattened, messy pompadours by Bumble & bumble and sherbet-swirled eyes by Maybelline.
We really can’t rave enough about the wild nails at Libertine by CND.
PH5’s beauty looks covered all the trends: colorful brows, glitter (-lined) lips, and sparkly faux freckles. Somehow, it managed to look pretty and subtle and in no way overwhelming.
Jill Stuart went for a twist on the classic cat eye, giving us graphic under-eye cat eyes.
Models’ nails at Christian Siriano got an abstract tweed treatment courtesy of KISS.
We’re always here for a good wet look on the runway, but the hair at Prabal Gurung was so slicked back it almost resembled a mullet—and we mean this in the best way possible.
The “good girl gone bad” look at Philipp Plein had models looking like punk rock dolls courtesy of sparkly, exaggerated eyes by Maybelline and giant retro braids.