The Best Beauty Moments from NYFW Spring 2014, Plus Our How-To's

by Alexandra Samuel


Marc by Marc Jacobs show; Giovanni GiannoniMarc by Marc Jacobs show; Giovanni GiannoniOnce again, the beauty, fashion and PR worlds all survived a crazy week of runways and backstage. And now that it's all over, I can finally choose my favorite looks. I mean, it's crazy to think about Spring 2014 (doesn't it feel like years away?), so I really don't think I can't wait till Spring to start rocking these looks. And we don't have to, which is why beauty is awesome. (But, as a sidenote, my favorite look of the week, for the record, was this starred little number at Marc by Marc. I'd wear that today if if I could.) Alas, I digress.

Best Makeup: The Low-Key Gorgeousness at Christian Siriano
Christian Siriano show; Robert MitraChristian Siriano show; Robert MitraI'm a big believer in BB cream and mascara for day, but the beyond-gorg makeup at Christian Siriano totally inspires me to actually try to put some on in the morning, too. Polly Osmond, an incredible makeup artist, who created the look using Hourglass products, nailed the looking-pretty-without-trying thing on the head. It almost looks like the model is just perpetually in really, really flattering light. [Ed. note: Or maybe an Insta filter? - RJ]

The flawless skin and the corally lips are huge for Spring 2014, but my fave part of this look was really the eyes. Polly swirled all three shades from the soon-to-be-released Ambient Lighting Palette (for now, snag the single shades at hourglasscosmetics.com) over lids, and then used Shell, from the Hourglass Vol. 6 Eye Palette, in the corner of eyes as well as a smudged-out liner on both top and bottom lids. She finished with a healthy dose of black mascara and the result is so feminine and pretty that I want to die. I'm doing it tomorrow. Or now.

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Best Hair: The Frida-Khalo Chic Updos at Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff show; Kyle EricksenRebecca Minkoff show; Kyle Ericksen I know this may be unconventional to call this an epic night-out look, considering everyone wants to usually rock a perfect DryBar blowout or something, but I'm into changing the tide. Because when was the last time that looked good at the end of the night, right? Braids, on the other hand, stay in place. And frankly, they look better if they get a lil' rumpled. Plus, there's something crazy sexy about showing off your shoulders and face (and therefor confidence) without hiding behind your hair.

I think what help makes this look sexy and not sweet, is the side part and the asymmetry. Working on behalf of Tresemme, hairstylist Jeanie Syfu created the look by first twisting up two skinny braids on one side, and one thicker braid on the other, before flipping them up and over, then pinning to the head. Plus, she started with a matte, roughed-up texture which is key to making this downtown chic and not Ricola-chic.

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Best Nails: Skinny Stripes at Tibi
Tibi show; via InstagramTibi show; via Instagram There were a few shows with awesome nail art (though not as many in the past, minimalism is definitely a thing), but I am officially making Tibi's super-cool skinny stripes my signature look, like ASAP. They were created by manicurist to the stars Jin Soon Choi and are legit the easiest thing ever.

All she did was paint nails in a light blue-gray polish. Jin used a color from her Spring 2014 Collection, but in the mean time you can use whichever gray you have on hand. When your base mani is dry, use a super skinny brush to paint a line of JINsoon Obsidian down the center of your middle nail. Then, paint horizontal lines on your pointer and ring fingers. That's it. Easy as pie, right?

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