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These Spring/Summer 2023 Beauty Trends Are Next-Level Good

Beauty, thy name is NYFW.

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NYFW has taken over New York City and I couldn’t be more ready. Every year, I look forward to the experimental and avant-garde creations that come down the runways, and I’m not talking about the clothes. I’ll admit that, arguably, Fashion Week is about, you know, fashion, but I don’t get breathless over the clothes the way I do over the beauty trends. NYFW feels like Christmas to me because some of the world’s top MUAs gather in my hometown to deliver the freshest beauty looks of the year. The best beauty trends from NYFW usually turn out to be some of the best makeup looks of the whole entire year and this year, *lewks* were served.

When it comes to fresh, risk-taking makeup, there’s no place like Fashion Week and there’s no city quite like New York. Recently, NYFW beauty looks have brought us glittering rhinestone makeup ideas, bold graphic floating liner inspo, and shockingly vibrant blush that changed the way I think about cheekbones. Fashion Week makeup is game-changing like that. It’s a seasonal reset full of fantasy that you can tone down for every day or copy exactly for a main character moment.

These are, in my humble, editorial opinion, the coolest beauty looks from behind the scenes and on the runways of New York Fashion Week. Stay tuned throughout the week for more beauty and hair looks guaranteed to get you excited to bust out your makeup bag.

NYFW Beauty Trends: All That Glitters

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BRB, I’m running to the craft store to buy chunky glitter in bulk so I can recreate this stunning look. At the Bach Mai fashion presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 13, the models were gleaming from brow to lip. I’m used to seeing glitter on the lids, so this intense disco brow and metallic glitter lip are a welcome change. MUA Yvonne MacInnis truly did the dang thing.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Full-Face Blush

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Hear me out, y’all. Folks shy away from blush because its application can be complicated, but Smashbox Cosmetics Global Pro Artist Lori Taylor Davis brought blush up the forehead and down the chin at the Christian Cowan Spring/Summer 2023 runway show. Using the very matte Smashbox Halo Cream Cheek and Lip Tint, Davis created an all-over glow that’s redefining the blush genre. Anything goes now and I am so here for it.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Cherry Temples

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Blush continued to make waves at the ALIÉTTE Spring/Summer 2023 show on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Key MUA Keita Moore draped Kevyn Aucoin’s Neo-Blush in Sunset across models’ cheekbones and temples for yet another modern blush moment, no apples-of-your-cheeks required. Paired with soft pink eyeshadow and a crisp, matte red lip, the look has an ultra-femme vibe with the heat turned all the up, creating what Moore calls, “a modern interpretation of the roaring ‘20s.”

NYFW Beauty Trends: Buffed Out Inner Eyes

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A pop of brightness on the inner eye isn’t exactly groundbreaking in the beauty space, but the buffed-out bright colors seen on the models at the Marrisa Wilson show on Sunday, Sept. 11, are a different story. By buffing out the color from tear duct to midpoint, Kevyn Aucoin's Global Director of Artistry & Education and lead MUA at the Marrisa Wilson show, Nick Lujan, took this look to a whole new level.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Glitter Brows

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Brows were definitely the star of NYFW in 2022. At the Peter Do Ready to Wear Spring/Summer ‘23 show, models walked the runway with brows fully coated in metallic glitter shades of blue, silver, and red. Not only am I thoroughly vindicated by brows taking center stage during Fashion Week, but I’m also excited to see glitter makeup take on a new facial feature.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Ombré Popsicle Lips

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On Sunday, Sept. 11, models in the Ulla Johnson Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2023 show walked the runway all aglow with face gloss and ombré popsicle lips. I adore this (and any) look that focuses on a diffused finish, especially that plays with and plays up color.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Spiked Faux Piercings

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At the Rebecca Minkoff presentation on Friday, Sept. 9, models sported some spikey faux piercings across the bridges of their noses. While I’ve seen spikes slowly supplant face gems, their over-the-top beauty look predecessor, in major eye makeup looks, I’ve not seen them incorporated quite like this before. Punk rock truly never dies.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Pearl Brows

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I am still recovering from the all-over pearl looks on the Deus Ex Machina models walking in Harlem's Fashion Row 15th Anniversary Fashion Show. Pearls as accents aren’t necessarily new, but bringing them up into the brows and hair is simply stunning.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Lit Lips

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At the Christian Siriano show on Thursday, Sept. 7, each model wore a crisp, flame-red lip. Peek those perfectly overdrawn edges and tell me it doesn’t make your fingers itch for a lip liner. Pro tip: Sofia Tilbury, the MUA behind this look, created all the rich dimensionality by slightly overdrawing each model’s cupid’s bow and adding a layer of Collagen Lip Bath Gloss at the fullest points of the lips.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Bubble Nails

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The 3D manicures Monse Spring/Summer show on Thursday, Sept. 8, combined a muted color palette with some very buoyant nail art. The contrast between the quiet sage nail polish and the large translucent bubble embellishments makes this mani all the more impressive.

NYFW Beauty Trends: Golden Age Nails

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Nothing says you’re entering your very old Golden Age like the gold-dipped manicures seen on models at the Bronx & Banco fashion show on Friday, Sept. 9. The asymmetry of the golden accents adds a level of whimsy to the otherwise luxurious look (and also means you can recreate this mani at home without having to be too exact).

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