As someone who’s covered fashion week in New York, Milan, and Paris for over seven years, I’ve come to expect the expected at NYFW: Lots of ponytails, lots of “undone waves,” and very little makeup. Filled with much sportswear than its European counterparts — and inspired way more by streetwear and our American obsession with athleisure — it’s no surprise that the beauty aesthetic on the New York runways is much simpler and “sportier,” as the people backstage like to call it. But the Fall/Winter 2018 season was a little different. I could sense it from the first show, at Tom Ford, where models wore glimmering gunmetal shadow and big leather headbands with their hair piled on top of their heads. There was something glamorous and exciting in the air (and no, it wasn’t just the loads of Tom Ford perfume I was inhaling backstage). And that energy continued through the week. We saw makeup artists taking risks, hairstylists breaking out nostalgic hair accessories, and a whole lot of sparkle across the board. It was entirely unexpected, but very much appreciated by every beauty editor in the room. Below are the Fall 2018 hair and makeup moments that got us most inspired this season.
February 14, 2018