Its that time again! Twice each year, style makers and fashion lovers head to  New York City for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This week, Sept. 6-13, 2012, noted fashion designers and brilliant up- and- comers are showcasing their Spring/Summer collections at NYC Fashion Week Spring 2013.  Along with the fashion trends for the spring, we are bringing you the hottest make-up and beauty trends from the runway and letting you know how to Get The Look.

Model for BCBG, photo by Getty Images for Mercedes Benz

BCBG BCBG Max Azria brought out the “downtown girl” look on day 1 with free flowing, windblown hair and dark rimmed eyes. I find this look appealing because it looks effortless and carefree…like you look this good when you get out of bed!

Get the Look: Bumble + bumble hairstylist Laurent Philippon  “roughly blowdried and parted the hair askew before setting it in loose pin curls. To finish, he tousled with styling wax and dusted with hair powder to add volume and texture.” Products Used: Bumble + bumble styling wax and hair powder 

 Kohl Rimmed Eyes: Denver Make-Up Expert Mary Wolfgang of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics suggests, “Start with a shadow base in a medium toned grey blend all over the lid. You need to have a soft pencil or gel liner in black. Line the upper lash line on the top lid and the lower lash line under the lashes. You must lift the upper lid and line the water line on top and line the lower water line as well. Next, using a dark charcoal powder, smudge the liner with the powder, both top and bottom lash lines to create the rimmed look.. make sure the lines meet at the outer corner & finish with lots of mascara.”

 RICHARD CHAI models were 60s retro with slick, low ponytails, asymmetrical parts, pale lips and graphic eyes. Kevin Ryan for Aveda created the sleek pony and James Kaliardos for MAC chose this minimalist makeup look.

Get the Look:  To get the “soft, 60s graphic makeup” choose a soft taupe eye color and apply above the crease only in an angular shape. Skip the mascara and liner. The only other product you need is a good lip conditioner. Would you try this look? Suggested Products: MAC Eye Shadow

Model for Richard Chai, photo by Getty Images for Mercedes Benz

The ladies at My Best Friend’s Hair, a website which helps you in your search for great hair looks,   offered these suggestions-  ” Start by applying a root lifting spray to add some slight volume and decrease frizz.  Blow dry hair to about 80% dry.  Use a comb to create a defined part, either in the center or slightly off to the side.  Pull hair in a low pony tail at the nape of the neck. You could leave the pony tail hanging free or finish this look with a tight chinion for a classic take.  You can do this by twisting and pinning hair into a low bun.  Another alternative is to use a sock bun.” Suggested product: Redken’s Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray

NICOLE MILLER  This beauty look was inspired by all things futuristic including a plum smoky eye, galactic nail art and “Avatar” style hair. Kevin Ryan for Aveda and James Kaliardos for MAC worked together again back stage at Nicole Miller.

Get the Look:  Build a “soft smoky” blend of 2 or 3 purple shades around the eye, smudging with finger to blend. Finish with dramatic Black Mascara. Give skin contour and highlight with a tinted moisturizer with SPF for a natural glow. Keep the lips light and neutral for spring.

Model for Nicole Miller, photo by Getty Images for Mercedes Benz

Natalie Kaufman, owner of  Urban Hair Studio in Littleton taught us how to achieve this look- “This sleek and chic look starts in the shower by priming tresses with a shampoo and conditioner for smooth/straight hair to reduce frizz and ensure hair is manageable during styling.  Blow dry straight with a paddle brush and straighten in 1 inch sections with a hot flat iron.  Finish hair off with a oil or serum. Part hair down the middle, taking small sections from the very front of the crown.  Pull pieces straight back to the back of the head and secure back with bobby pins.  Secure with a hairspray that fights frizz.” Suggested products: Fekkai Advanced Silky Straight Ironless Shampoo & Conditioner and Smooth Finish Serum. Oribe’s Soft Lacquer Hair Spray.  

CHARLOTTE RONSON paraded a look that was soft and pretty with a bit of an edge. This natural look makes me long again for the start of spring- light and fresh with flowing hair and natural, glowing skin.

Get the Look: Looking natural in your makeup is as easy as determining which colors look good on your skin tone. If you are not sure which tone you are, stand in front of a mirror and hold up a gold colored fabric next to your skin. Next, try silver colored fabric. If the gold looked better- you have a “warm” skin tone. If the silver looked better- you have a “cool” skin tone. If they both look good (lucky you)-you have neutral skin tone.

Model for Charlotte Ronson, photo by Getty Images for Mercedes Benz

Generally, cool tones look best in mauve, plum, pink and rose colors. Warm skin tones are enhanced by coral, red, neutral and brown colors. Neutral skin tones can get away with a variety of colors. Creating faces for Charlotte Ronson was Gilbert Soliz for Sephora PRO. Soliz opted for earthy tones, specifically copper. For eyes, Soliz used Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil in Black  and Make Up For Ever Eyeshadows in Iridescent Yellow Beige and Plum.  Brows were left bushy and natural and faces were perfected with tinted moisturizers.

Ultimately, the beauty trend you follow should be your own. What makes you feel beautiful and powerful? That should be your go to look! Want to chat? Interact with me on beautyaroundtown or follow me on twitter.

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