Trends spotted on the runway to try nowBesides all the bitchin' everyone does about the "circus" Fashion Week has become, no one can deny it's interesting to see what trends emerge on the runways. Though we have to wait until early 2014 for the fashion to land in stores, the beauty trends can be tried right away. And as with most beauty experimentation, the cost is minor and the commitment is low--if you hate it, you change it. With NYFW moving into our rear view mirror, we're rounding up the Top 5 Beauty Trends spotted on the runways that you can play with now. Click to see the next trend in NYFW: Top 5 Beauty Trends. 3.1 Phillip Lim and Thakoon runway 1. Un-hair Whether center-parted slicked strands, as seen at Prabal Gurung, full-on wet look, sent down the catwalk at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Hervé Léger, or day-after bedhead, à la Alexander Wang, Thakoon and J.Crew, the hair trend on the NY runways was undoubtedly undone. A little grunge, a little naughty--like the models woke up at a lovers house and ran to the runway--these looks are anything but polished. We're rejoicing at the notion of our disheveled, dripping wet errand-running hair being interpreted as chic but not sure this runway trend will translate to reality, and we draw the line at wet roots with dry ends--we're looking at you, Rag & Bone--greasy hair is not cute. Click to see the next trend in NYFW: Top 5 Beauty Trends. Rag & Bone backstage 2. Statement Lips While natural, barely there beauty looks ruled on many runways, the trend was towards a standout lip on the catwalks of Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone and Altuzarra. At Prabal, totally bare faces of airbrushed-looking, poreless skin were complimented by three statement lip shades--pepto pink, shocking lilac and orange-red. Makeup artist Gucci Westman created an equally bold lip look at Rag & Bone, sticking with a saturated orange pout for all the models, the "first ever lip adventure" the label has ever used the runway. The look at Altuzzara was a pigmented, matte red on the lips offset by white shadow on the eyelids all the way to the eyebrows, described by makeup artist Tom Pecheux as "sophisticated purity." Click to see the next trend in NYFW: Top 5 Beauty Trends. Zac Posen, hairstylist Odile Gilbert wove silk flowers, crafted by the designer himself, through the models hair, creating complex updos. Gilbert assured that the be-blossomed 'dos were actually much simpler to create than they looked. Let's take her word? Click to see the next trend in NYFW: Top 5 Beauty Trends. Rodarte), the nail look was much less the center of attention than in seasons past. Click to see the next trend in NYFW: Top 5 Beauty Trends. Thom Browne showed almost-disturbing, almost-cartoonish models who looked like they just escaped an asylum, many with full faces of exaggerated Elizabethan white makeup. Tibi also presented white-rimmed eyes in a more ethereal iteration than Spade, with chalky white once again gracing the digits. While we may shy away from fully dusted eyelids (or a face of white makeup, for that matter), this is one trend we're looking forward to playing with--with a light hand, of course. The moral of the NYFW beauty story? Pick one area lips, nails, or hair and create a single bold beauty look, instead of going OTT all over. Click to see the next trend in NYFW: Top 5 Beauty Trends again.
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Put some texture on it? Seeing as we'll try basically any topcoat that promises "high gloss shine" or a "flawlessly shiny finish," we're immediately wary of the new crop of polishes that offer texture with essentially no shine. Similar to when matte topcoats came out, we're conflicted. Are we ready to cheat on shine with gritty texture? Will the finished product ever really look finished or will baristas and bank tellers everywhere think we've come from a botched home improvement job? Decide for yourself. Here are a couple of options for getting textured tips. 1. Sally Hansen's Sugar Coat (around $5.99 at most drugstores) The brand's website describes this as "Candy for your nails!" We're not convinced that's what the final product looks like on the nails but the marketing, including the shade names, is pretty darn cute. It's categorized as a special effect polish that dries to a surprising matte finish with a sugary 3D effect. Sugar Coat comes in 8 mostly sweet shades, with the line-up including a white and a black. Shades pictured: Cherry Drop and Bubble Plum 2. China Glaze Texture (around $7.00 at beauty supply stores, online and at select salons) This polish has a fine sandy texture as opposed to a sparkly grit, the likes of which we've seen lately from brands like OPI. There are 6 bright, super summery shades to choose from and the outcome looks similar to Sugar Coat--matte and gritty, similar to stucco. Shades pictured: Unrefined, Itty, Bitty & Gritty, and Bump & Grind 3. Zoya PixieDust Special Textured Summer Edition (around $9.00 at beauty supply stores, online and at select salons) The brand's website describes this polish as "Infused with magic and wonder!" Magical nail polish?! The polish is textured, matte and sparkling, decidedly the more glittery option amongst our textured polish selections. There are 6 shades available this summer in a mostly bright and cheery palette. There is a golden shade in the mix (the wild card of the bunch) that reads more Christmas holiday than beach vacation. But what's with all the Knowles' family references?
Match your nails to your mini skirt Boring manis got you totally buggin’? Give your digits a makeover with these Cher Horowitz-approved patterned nail-wraps from NCLA. Forever relevant, the beloved 90’s flick Clueless inspires the L.A. brand’s latest collection of trendy nail kits. The four stick-on sets let you relive the cult favorite’s best moments: roadside mayhem, classic quotes, and abundant argyles and plaids. Best part? No-dry time means you can safely undo and redo your ponytail, change outfits, and answer your cell phone without smudging a nail. See the NCLA Clueless nail kits up close below. Spotted on: Nylon Mag
The nail polish brand is now more accessible than ever, so do we still want it? Do you remember the first bottle of Essie nail polish you ever bought? We remember ours like it was yesterday. It was years ago (circa mid 90s'), when you could only find Essie at salons and the odd beauty supply store like Trade Secrets. The color we were hunting for? Forever Young (not to be confused with current color Forever Yummy), a creamy, saturated, vampy red that has since been discontinued. At that time, Essie polishes were like these little rare treasures, a decadent indulgence that signified only one thing: this little badge of style made you a certified nail pirate who is independent enough to decide to spend ten bucks on a single color and resourceful enough to track it down at this random beauty supply store in _____ (insert random suburb here). Snagging that coveted new shade provided a rush like no other and we couldn't wait to get home and ceremoniously manicure our nails with the new bounty. In 2010, the brand was bought by beauty behemoth L'Oréal and over the past couple years has been rolled out to every big chain in town. You've probably seen your favorite Essie shade at Duane Reade or Walmart. The game of hard to get was over. But do we like how easy they are to get now? Yah, your favorite brand can be found with as much effort as walking out your front door and within minutes can be sitting in your shopping cart beside your tampons, but it inevitably loses some of the cachet that made it so appealing to begin with. Will we turn our backs on our beloved brand? No. But will we hunt down the coveted bottles with the same enthusiasm we once did? No, again. Like with all seemingly great love affairs, once the chase is over, so is the thrill. Just let us know if you track down a bottle of neon orange Bright Tights circa 2009, that's one treasure we'd still pillage and plunder for.
Where breaking a nail is a real issue It only makes sense the Nail Olympics started in Las Vegas, where everything is jewel encrusted. Now in its 13th year, the nail art competition headed to Rome, where enthusiasts from all over the world were reunited by creation and the smell of acetone. Although we’ve been using glitter, rhinestones, and holiday themed designs on our nails for a while now, sporting five-inch nails complete with mermaids and sunken treasure is a whole other exploration. But with these nails how does one get dressed? Make a sandwich? Or operate a vehicle? Who cares! These nails rule. See some of the crazy nail concoctions from this year's Nail Olympics below. Found on: Huffington Post
Dzine make your pink heart and polka dot stick-ons seem pretty tame Dzine's book, Nailed will have you thinking twice about the $20 manicure you got at that hole in the wall up the street. Featuring well-known contributors, commissioned photography, and Dzine's own work, this art book takes a look at nail art through history and its cultural importance today. Inspired by his childhood, Dzine created work that mirrored (and we're sure took to the next level) his mother's work in her salon in their family home. Nail art may seem like a new movement with its Hello Kitty stick-ons and lightning bolt adornments, but it has a rich history that begins in the Ming Dynasty and Ancient Egypt. Nailed celebrates the art of body decoration with florals, jewels, feathers, color and paint and makes these hands look like beautiful weapons. The 192 page hardcover book is available at www.ShopTheStandard.com. Get a sneak peek of Dzine's Nailed below.