With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) just behind us and Southern California’s sweet, sunny spring looking us in the face, I thought it might be apropos to compile a list of NYFW’s most 5C-applicable beauty trends. What’s 'in fashion' changes seasonally, so I prefer to own a few high-quality basics that I wear year to year while adding and dropping a couple of 'trendy' pieces and accessories to avoid incurring massive costs.
Beauty trends, however, tend to be both more cost and time-effective. This year’s trends especially lend themselves to life as a busy college student, and some of them even speak to the values that some 5C students hold dear. So, without further ado, NYFW’s top five beauty trends for college life:
1. Statement Lipstick: Featured by designers such as Jason Wu, Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta, and many others, the statement lipstick trend includes bold colors: bright and dark, sweet and sultry, but always matte.
Occasion: Matte lipstick is overall more wearable than its glittery or shimmery counterparts, and thus can be worn at any hour. Brighter, fresher colors are ideal for daytime, and darker, vampy colors are more suitable for the evening.
2. Glittery Eyelids: Featured dramatically by Givenchy and Marc Jacobs, this trend is making a comeback with a modern twist. As with most makeup on the runway, this trend was exaggerated to the point of being unwearable; models wore jewels and pieces of metal glued to their lids and brows with no other shadow or color as a base.
Occasion: While glitter hasn’t always been deemed appropriate for daytime, this modern twist on the old trend makes it wearable at any hour. The new “Glittery Eye” uses larger pieces of glitter on a clean, bare-looking lid, accomplished through a shadow consisting of a liquid base with suspended pieces of glitter.
3. Hair Accessories: Seen in the shows of Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg, this trend ranges from hand-picked flowers from Ibiza to delicate cream lace and pearl headpieces and vintage-inspired gilded hairpins.
Occasion: One of the best attributes of hair accessories is the ease and speed with which they can be incorporated into a wardrobe. Whether it be rolling out of bed and heading to class, or getting ready for a music festival or party, a dramatic hairpin or subtle headband adds complexity and style to any look.
4. Barely-there Makeup: Featured most notably by Max Azria and Michael Kors, “Barely-there Makeup” is just what it sounds like. Models walked the runway with what appeared to be totally bare faces. While it’s highly likely that there was some foundation or light contouring, the simplicity of the look was breathtaking.
Occasion: It has become increasingly popular for women, especially in college, to go makeup-free. It is ideal for day-to-day life especially for those who exercise frequently or participate in sports and don’t want the hassle of removing makeup. It is strongly recommended to wear a light moisturizer or sunscreen, especially for those living in warm, dry, or sunny climates.
5. Texture: This hairstyling trend was widely featured by designers during NYFW, including Max Azria, Marc Jacobs, and Alberta Ferretti. Styles seen on the runway included disheveled twists, messy braids, undone ponytails, and natural curls and hair texture. On the runway, these looks (aside from the natural curls) were created using multiple products and teasing in order to create larger-than-life drama.
Occasion: Due to the nature of the trend, it’s perfect for all occasions. Effortless style, be it in the form of natural texture, a messy bun, or a few undone braids, has no limitations.
Though my fondness for these trends stems from the economical and facile nature of them, a few of them also have a place in social commentary. For example, lipstick has always been regarded as a symbol of feminine eroticism. The “bold lip” is thus an exercise in unapologetic, unconcealed sexuality, and can be very empowering for the person wearing it. Both the “barely-there makeup” and “natural texture” trends also have an implication of self-acceptance, a rejection of the white standard of beauty, and a celebration of imperfect individuality.