Usually, New York Fashion Week brings forth a whole bunch of eccentric, avant-garde beauty looks that require regular folks to politely nod, smile, and say, "Oh, yeah, I can see how that would be pretty."
But instead of lying this season, or telling yourself you need to be a model to try these looks at home, we picked the seven prettiest, low-key, totally attainable hair and makeup looks you'll actually want to copy. And to make it even easier, we tell you exactly what to use and how to do them, ahead.
BACKSTAGE: At Jill Stuart, makeup artists were armed with liquid liner pens, extending winged liner across just the lower lash lane to create an upside-down cat-eye look.
IN REAL LIFE: For a softer, less-severe look, trace your lower lash lines with a creamy black eyeliner pencil, like Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner, and smudge the line outwards to create a soft wing. Coat just your upper lashes with a thick layer of volumizing mascara, like Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express, to balance the liner.
BACKSTAGE: Tiny, pulled-out braids with gold cuffs were woven and threaded together at Marc Valvo.
IN REAL LIFE: Stick with two simple braids, instead of five. Braid the three-inch section of hair in front of your ears, clamp the two braids in back with a small gold clip, then braid the ends together, securing with a clear elastic. Gently tug and pull the edges of the braid to fatten it up.
BACKSTAGE: Jonathan Simkhai sent its models down the runway with half-up hairstyles and curly bangs, in all of their frizzy, untamed glory.
IN REAL LIFE: If you've already got curly bangs, rake them back, spritz your roots and hairline with dry shampoo, like Tresemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo (which was used backstage), and boom—you've done it.
But if your hair is stick-straight and you don't have bangs, you'll need to curl one-inch sections of hair all over your head with a thin curling wand, like the Herstyler Baby Curls Mini Curling Iron, rake through the ringlets with your fingers, blast your roots with dry shampoo, then scoop and clip the sides of your hair back for a half-up curly style, similar to those at Jonathan Simkhai.
BACKSTAGE: At both Philipp Plein (left) and Tadashi Shoji (right), the trend in eyeshadow was a mix of foamy greens and watery blues, giving eyes the illusion of sea-washed beach glass.
IN REAL LIFE: There's no right or wrong to this marinal look, as long as you keep the rest of your makeup neutral and minimal. Lightly smudge an iridescent turquoise eyeshadow, like the Clinique Lid Pop in Aqua Pop, over your upper and lower lids, line your eyes with sea-green eyeliner, like the NYX Retractable Eyeliner in Aqua Green, and coat lashes with mascara for definition.
BACKSTAGE: Concept Korea took the "just bitten" lip look to a new level this year by painting just the lower lips with a bright, semi-matte lipstick, giving the illusion of plump, stained lips.
IN REAL LIFE: Moisturize your lips with a layer of lip balm, then swipe a pigmented coral (for darker skin tones) or berry (for lighter skin tones) lipstick, like L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Color, across your bottom lip.
BACKSTAGE: Models at Brock Collection channeled a '40s vibe with updos that were softly rolled and swooped to the side.
IN REAL LIFE: Create a deep side part, then gently twist the hair on each side back (as seen in the left photo), pinning in place behind your ears. Gather all of your hair to one side, then twist it all up and forward, toward your face, rolling and rolling until the hair beings to twist into itself. Tuck the ends of the hair into the roll (as if it were a burrito), and pin in place with bobby-pins.
BACKSTAGE: At Oscar de la Renta, liquid liner was given a modern twist with a simple, barely there flick of color on its wing.
IN REAL LIFE: After lining your upper lashes with black liquid liner, like the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, grab a bright, super-pigmented liner, like NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner, and trace just the tail of the winged liner, leaving the lower lashes bare.