Sep 19, 2011 12:00AM

NYFW Beauty Round-Up

Four beauty trends, fresh from New York (plus how to DIY).

Oyster's new Beauty Editor, Sam Addington, has been working hard to ensure all those not lucky enough to attend NYFW aren't feeling too left out. Couple a hawk's eye for beauty trends with VIP access to multiple shows and the resulting beauty round-up will be inspiration enough for anyone looking to try a new look for spring. From bold brows to demure chignons, Sam brings the very best in hair and makeup from across the Pacific into your hot little hands.

Fill in the gaps: Bold brows have made a return, with carefully drawn arches seen at a number of shows this week. At Altuzarra, Tom Pecheux stenciled striking black brows onto otherwise barren faces, bar soft pink lips and cheeks, creating a look that was hard-edged but by no means too harsh. Define your brows, use an angled brush dipped in eye shadow (Look out for Bobbi Brown's new Classic To Go palette) to refine the shape and gently fill in gaps.

Setting the standard: At Alexander Wang, smoldering kohl-rimmed eyes set the standard for carefree cool this season, with just-concealed complexions (try Shu Uemura's new Face Architect foundation and Point Concealer), contoured cheeks and balm-slick lips completing the look. Using a soft black eye-pencil, trace over your upper and lower lash line, distributing a generous amount of product as you go; then reach for a damp cotton tip, using it to smudge the liner over your lid and up into the crease. Finish with plenty of mascara.

Stage presence: The fact that the chignon is still a perennial favourite among hairstylists, whether casually thrown together and anchored with a single pin or skillfully arranged and secured with engineering-like precision (as seen at Sophie Theallet, where tightly wrung ponytails were coiled into ballet buns and fixed with spray - try Redken's new Force 23 finishing spray), proves classic styles still have the strength to compete against the more contemporary, show-stopping coifs.

Sleek and chic: At Prabal Gurung, hairstylist Didier Malige created a softer take on slick by first defining a center part sans fly-aways, using grooming cream applied to the hairline and crown section only (try KMS' new Hot Flex Creme). He then sectioned the models' hair with a tail comb before raking back the wet-look portion, smartly tucking the soft, dry lengths behind the ears to finish.

Words: Sam Addington and Lucy Rennick

Photography: Jeannine Tan of papertissue

www.jeanninetan.com

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