“We experimented and pushed until we achieved the right balance between something that was interesting and what women would want,” designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh said of the periwinkle pigment applied to the lids of models at her Fall 2019 show.
This directive for a look that is elevated without edging into the extreme, wearable but wondrous, was one that other designers also seemed to bear in mind as they dreamed up their above-the-neck accents, whether they were powerful plaits that gave new gravitas to the school-girl style or—after seasons of buffed, barely there nails—imaginative manicures that allowed us to indulge our inner whims and fancies, right down to our fingertips.
Here are the five best beauty trends to note for the fall season ahead.
Art for Art’s Sake
With much of New York’s fashion establishment gone from the calendar, the city’s new vanguard brought about a greatly needed breath of fresh air. London-based wunderkind Isamaya Ffrench hopped the pond to airbrush painterly designs atop eyelids at Eckhaus Latta, while Batsheva’s models walked out with magnificent magpie manes, accented with metal pins, curlicues, and even, in one case, an iPhone cord. Consider this permission to get creative.
The Long or Short of It
Call it the Kim Kardashian effect: This season, hairstylists gravitated toward extensions, from the XXL lengths at R13 and Sies Marjan to the tailbone-grazing braids at Tory Burch. But this extreme met its match in another: Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski turned heads with their microbangs at Tomo Koizumi, and Rachel Comey’s models walked the runway with cutting-edge chops. No matter which way you slice it (or don’t), the message is loud and clear: Go to extremes.
Pastel Is the New Neutral
According to the Fall 2019 shows, next season’s smoky eye comes not in browns and blacks but rather in hushed technicolor hues: Early in the week, Maryam Nassir Zadeh set the season’s soft tone when her cool-girl cast rounded the runway with a wash of light blue swept across their eyes. Days later, that color reappeared at Lou Dallas, where makeup artist Grace Ahn played with a palette of muted mustard, lavender, and blue, while Tomo Koizumi’s shimmery lilac lids dazzled against the collection’s candy-colored confections—just the kind of mood-lifting moment to send us into fall in high spirits.
Masterful Manicures Make a Comeback
Just when nail art seemed to go the way of the dinosaurs, it returned to the Fashion Week playing field. A single fingertip was painted with a black K for Khaite’s runway debut, while NEW YORK was written out in white lacquer at Jeremy Scott. Needless to say, the anti-manicure’s spell is officially broken.
Braids That Beguile
This season, the braid is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Super-sleek iterations, woven by Guido Palau, descended down models’ backs at Tory Burch, and side-swept windings at Ulla Johnson played off the designer’s penchant for exquisite-yet-effortless craftsmanship. Chromat, too, offered up a plethora of plaits—no two alike.