These NYFW Beauty Looks Might Be Better Than the Runway Glam

Marie Claire looked to the city’s streets for beauty inspo.

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The backstage beauty at NYFW is certainly up to par—but don’t be fooled into thinking the runway has the upper-hand. While the expertly curated aesthetics that go down the catwalk shape trends for months to come, it’s the industry pros, fashion aficionados, and influencers from around the world that bring another layer of beauty to the fold. Oftentimes, their looks are riskier—more individualistic and representative of personal style. A look at the front row in a fashion show, or even the line outside, provides just as much beauty inspiration. 

To make sure we were able to bring the beauty on the New York City streets to you, Marie Claire teamed up with professional photographer Tyler Joe to locate and capture the best hair, makeup, and nail street style looks from New York Fashion Week. From updos adorned artfully with coquettish hair accessories to graphic makeup accented by piercings and braided power ponytails, here are the best beauty looks to grace the New York City streets this week. 

Pastel Pink Hair

There's no denying that balletcore beauty was a huge trend this season, with Alice and Olivia, Christian Siriano, and Collina Strada interweaving ribbons, bows, and pearl-appliques into the model's hair. Clearly, NYFW attendees are on-board. Case in point: All the pink hair. 

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pink hair at nyfw

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pink hair at nyfw

(Image credit: Tyler Joe)

Black-Lined Lips

While we saw tons of glossy lips on the runway, but it was the Palomo Spain catwalk and street style looks brought a new twist: Black lip liner. It may seem daunting, but with a cherry stain popped in the center of the lips or a high-shine gloss over top, the dramatized look creates the perfect pout. The key: Diffuse the harsh line with a lip brush. 

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lip gloss at nyfw

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best street style beauty nyfw

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Multi-Dimensional Nail Art

Three-dimensional acrylics made their presence known on the runway this season (just look to the La Pointe show's metallic gems), and the look is clearly already being embraced on the streets of NYC. Case in point: These rockstud, pearl and gemstone-embellished sets. It's a fun departure from the more subdued milky nail trends of the month's past. 

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best street style beauty nyfw


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Side Parts

Middle parts aren't going anywhere (they're still a staple), but it's impossible to ignore the fact that side parts are having a resurgence. Not only did they make their presence known at both Proenza and Jason Wu—the early aughts hairstyle was also on NYFW attendees. Often, the looks was styled with an excess of hair gel to create a wet look. 

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side parts at nyfw

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side parts at nyfw

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Extra-Long Braids

Never have I ever seen more braids go down the runway. We saw power ponytail versions at LaPointe, sculptural braids at Dauphinette, corset-inspired braids at Siriano, and school girl-esque braids at Sandy Laing. On the streets? Extra long braids were the moment. Some spiced up their style with seashell appliques and others interspersed color accents. 

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braids at nyfw

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An Emphasis on Baby Hairs

Slicked back and slicked down hairstyles were given some extra personality with artful edges this year. Whether baby hairs were swooped into a curlicue or styled straight down (peep the first photo) in a dramatized fashion, NYFW goers added swoops, loops, and twirls to their edges, effectively making them the focal point of their hairstyle. 

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baby hairs at nyfw

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baby hairs at nyfw

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Pixie Cuts

We've seen hair getting shorter and shorter over the past few months, with everyone from Hailey Bieber to Emma Stone and Eva Longoria debuting bobs. Don't be surprised if you see chops getting even shorter. According to our street style analysis, pixie cuts are on the rise. 

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models with pixie cuts at nyfw

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Metallic Accents

Don't be fooled into thinking that chrome accents are reserved for your nails. The metallic accent is being used as tinsel in hair and as an eyeliner hue. Pro tip: Turn any silver shadow metallic with a little setting spray. 

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metallic accents at nyfw

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Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.