The 6 Biggest Beauty Trends To Emerge From The NYFW Runways

From an ’80s revival to extraterrestrial influences

If you’ve paid any attention to the New York Fashion Week runways the past couple of seasons, you would have noticed that beauty looks have become pretty scaled back. It's even felt... boring at times. A clean, fresh face and effortlessly wavy hair have become the go-to looks for designers, and while it's wonderful that natural beauty is being embraced on the runways, shouldn’t we have some fun? And by fun, we mean more than just a red lip or a deep side part. Beauty is about self-expression, after all, and lots of us have a lot going on to express.

Thankfully, this time around, things got weird on the runways. Below, check out the six of most standout trends we saw emerging from the shows so far this week. From a total ‘80s revival to a trip to outer space, we’re in for a wild ride this fall. But why not start exploring these looks now? The weirder, the better.

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The ‘80s

The ‘80s are coming back in a big way, seen in both the collections and the accompanying beauty looks. From Tom Ford’s Lurex headbands and Alexander Wang’s banana clips to Adam Selman’s new wave makeup and Anna Sui’s big hair (inspired after ‘80s Anna herself), we’re here for the full revival.

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Bold hair colors

The runways were alive with color, proving that unconventionally colored hair trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Sies Marjan featured dyed roots and Alexander Wang colorist Josh Wood debuted “penny red,” while Jeremy Scott and Phillip Plein dressed models in some seriously otherworldly wigs.

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Outer Space

Things got pretty extraterrestrial this season. Jeremy Scott’s three-dimensional neon cat eyes take first place for the most otherworldly, while curled-under baby bangs at PH5 felt super-Star Trek-y. A handful of models at Lanyu donned sequin-covered lids over ethereal silver glitter, and Misha Kaura’s silver freckles had a galactic feel. Blast off!

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The Graphic Under Brow

Graphic eyeliner again made its way down the runways this season, this time appearing under the brows. At Jason Wu and Lanyu, we saw accent lines in bold colors just at the inner corners of the under-brow, while at Anna Sui, we saw a full above-the-crease swipe of purple.

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Slicked down

Heavy hair gel was a product of choice on this season’s runways, with slicked-down hair appearing all over the runways. We saw faux mullets at Linder, combed-back claw clip-clenched twists at Alexander Wang, and slicked-down bangs at Adam Selman.

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Two-Toned Eyes

Not only did we (finally) see an influx of colorful eye looks this week, but two-toned bursts of bold shades are having a moment. We saw vibrant magenta accented by a metallic blue under-eye at Christian Siriano, a smoldering display of pink and red at A Détacher, and a multitude of playful color combinations at Tibi.