The Best Beauty Looks From NYFW Spring/Summer 2015

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The highly anticipated makeup, hair and nail looks from New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2015 shows highlighted a vast range of beauty looks from the classic ponytail to intricate tribal braids and the nude, no-makeup look to bold, teal eye shadow. Lead artists and stylists embraced trends from all over the world to create truly “wow” looks that stunned from every angle on the runway. These top 10 were among our favorites.

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The Show: Tess Giberson Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Makeup by Dick Page, artistic director for Shiseido

The Inspiration: Page drew from Tess Giberson’s idea of weaving together combinations of synthetic materials with natural materials. “I translated this idea into a look that features an iridescent blue eye and warm skin—it’s a simple adaption of aquatic elements inspired by the pieces in the show and the idea of a fictional Palm Springs look. Blue sparkling eye liner and a natural lip are paired with fresh, healthy-looking skin.”

The Look:

1. Page blended sparkly, “inky” blue liner from the Shiseido Sparkling Party Palette (new for Fall – $50) around the eye and topped it with pale iridescent blue from the Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio ($33) in Static.

2. He finished the eyes with Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition ($24) in Black, which he applied to upper lashes only.

3. On the brows, Page used a variety of Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colors ($25) in Caviar, Sable, Leather, Sunshower and Meadow.

4. On the face and cheeks, he customized a color for each model using Shiseido Bronzer ($35) and Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color ($30).

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The Show: Zimmermann Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Nail design by Rebecca Isa, creative director for Zoya; lead nail tech: Angel Williams

The Inspiration: According to Isa, the nail design was inspired by mystic astrology and the clothing, which was absolutely magical with mixed metals and beautiful florals. “This antique gold shade, painted on in such a unique way was perfect for highlighting the gorgeous tones and textures in the Zimmermann collection,” says Isa. “We called it the “naked teardrop,” which also highlights the negative space trend. Typically the negative space look is very structured involving the cuticle or a chevron style, but for spring, we’ll be seeing this space move all over the nail.”

The Look:

1. The Zoya team did not use a base coat for the look, which allowed the nail to look truly “naked” and not too shiny.

2. The first step involved painting the curve of the teardrop a little off-center, leaving the “teardrop” portion of the nail bare.

3. The outside two-thirds of the nail was then painted with Zoya’s Ziv ($9), a unique, gold foil shade.

4. To seal the color, nails were covered with Zoya Fast Drops ($16).

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The Show: Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Hair by L’Oréal Professionnel artist Amit Abraham

The Inspiration: Inspired by Jazz-age muse, heiress and political activist, Nancy Cunard, the collection echoes the unapologetic strength of women who break the rules. Cunard’s avant-garde look is brought to life through the opulent fabrics and palette of Mohapatra’s collection. “The play on textures and the variations of braids and chignons embraces Nancy Cunard’s far-reaching influences, ranging from Africa to 1920’s Paris,” says Abraham. “Tribal braids are coupled with a lady-like chignon and a braided crown to create a modern, iconoclastic look.”

The Look:

1. Abraham primed the hair with L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Sève Protectrice and divided hair into two sections, one on top of the other. The top section was held loose at the top of the head and bottom was slicked into a ponytail at the nape of the neck.

2. Next, he made a center part in the top section and created two small French braids, securing them and wrapping the ends around the ponytail underneath.

3. Abraham applied L’Oréal Professionnel True Grip to the ponytail and split it into two sections, braiding the left side and securing it with elastic. He then lightly backcombed the right side and secured it with elastic as well.

4. To create a voluminous chignon, the braided and backcombed sections were wrapped together and then sprayed with L’Oréal Professionnel Perfect Shimmer and L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3 for shine and hold.

5. To complete the look, Abraham used L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Poker Paste to smooth flyaways. The resulting style adds an aura of the unexpected to a night out, and pairs perfectly with sequin shifts and flirty dresses

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The Show: Misha Nonoo Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Makeup by Cassandra Garcia, editorial makeup artists for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

The Inspiration: To compliment Misha Nonoo’s collection—a combination of contemporary art and fashion as seen through the collaboration with artist Dustin Yellin—Bobbi Brown’s team designed a look that included fresh clean skin, pastel pink cheeks, subtle nude eyes and a soft lilac lip. “To achieve a soft, natural and angelic look, we gave a youthful-looking glow to the skin and a pink flush to the cheeks,” says Garcia. “On the lips, we layered a couple of sheer pink and lilac shades for a healthy shine. The overall look very well complements some of the rose gold hues in Misha’s collection.”

The Look:

1. On the skin, Garcia and her team used Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream ($56).

2. To create an ethereal glow on the face, they applied Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer ($25), Bobbi Brown Corrector ($25) and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($44).

3. On the eyes, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base ($27), Bobbi Brown Hot Nudes Eye Palette (coming Spring 2015) and Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara ($25) were used. Softly defined brows, no eyeliner and super thin mascara kept the look fresh.

4. Bobbi Brown Pink Retouching Powder  ($36) was used on the cheeks, and to finish, layers of Lilac Pink Sheer Lip Color & Blushed Pink Sheer Lip Color (launching Spring 2015) were applied to the lips.

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The Show: Monique Lhuillier Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Hair by celebrity stylist Recine for Moroccanoil

The Inspiration: Recine developed the idea for the hair based on Monique Lhulliers inspiration for the collection, which according to the designer was “the first few moments of sunrise before the sun rises and paints the sky with luminous shades of pastels.” Recine said the look was “for the girl that doesn’t want something obvious.” His pinching of the hair underneath to make a little ponytail at the base of the scalp creates a small but important detail that increases the sophistication of the design. “It makes a beautiful expression,” he says.

The Look:

1. Recine started by applying Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse ($28) to damp hair to create smooth, controlled strands from the hairline to the ear.

2. Before drying, he misted Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium ($23) all over hair for added smoothness. Then he blow-dried hair straight using a Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Brush.

3. Recine used Moroccanoil’s Titanium Ceramic Hair Styling Iron to straighten 1” sections from root to tip. Then he pinched a 1” section of the hair at the temples and pulled it smooth to the nape of the neck, creating a little ponytail underneath.

4. He then sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong ($23) on the ponytail section for an extra-sleek, smooth look.

5. To finish, he spritzed a veil of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine ($28) over the hair to reflect light and create a shiny, iridescence.

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The Show: Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Nails by Michelle Saunders for essie

The Inspiration: Inspired by Rebecca Minkoff’s unique 3-D prints and color scheme, Saunders created freehand watercolor nail art for the hands. Similar to a watercolor painting, each individual nail served as a unique piece of art that intertwined with the collection.

The Look:

1. First, Saunders applied one coat of essie blanc ($9) to make the other polish shades appear brighter.

2. Beginning at the nail bed, she applied one coat of essie bikini so teeny ($9) to half of the nail. Then one coat of essie turquoise & caicos ($9) was applied to the other half of the nail, slightly overlapping with the other color in the middle.

3. Next, Saunders dipped a striping brush in essie lollipop ($9) and created a thin, horizontal fault line across each nail (she did this step to one hand at a time because the red polish needed to be wet in order to create the watercolor effect).

4. Immediately after creating the fault line, Saunders applied a generous amount of essie good to go top coat ($9) over the entire nail and continued to blend towards the tip of the nail until she achieved the desired look.

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The Show: Wes Gordon Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Makeup by Carole Colombani for Maybelline New York

The Inspiration: Simplicity was the theme at the Wes Gordon show this season, where Maybelline used a range of pink hues to add a bit of playfulness to a rather neutral-dominant collection. “We decided to go with a ‘90s look—very fresh and clean, focusing mostly on getting a perfect blush,” says Colombani.

The Look:

1. On the face, Colombani smoothed imperfections with Maybelline FIT me! Foundation ($8) and FIT me! Concealer ($7).

2. She then used her fingertips to pat Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick  ($10) in Warm Nude onto the tops of the cheekbones and the Cupid’s bow. To finish the cheek, she used a blush brush to sweep on Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush ($8) in Coffee Cake.

3. For an extremely soft eye, Colombani filled in brows with Maybelline Brow Drama (available in October) and then applied Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara ($10) using the small brush side to coat lashes and then the big brush side to add volume.

4. To highlight the natural soft pink tones of the lips, Colombani applied Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm ($4) in Quenched, which also delivered a hydrated effect.

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The Show: Novis Spring/Summer 2015 Collection by designer Jordana Warmflash

The Lead Artist: Hair by Aveda guest artist Frank Rizzieri; Makeup by Janell Geason, Aveda’s global artistic director for makeup

The Inspiration: Pop art–inspired graphics and vivid colors from the ‘60s. For the hair, Rizzieri created a sculptural knotted bun to coincide with the details of the collection. “This style brings interest to the hair without being too much,” he says. “It’s the bun of that cool girl who just happened to easily twist her hair up and off of her face.” 

The Look: Hair

1. Rizzieri spritzed hair with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep ($24) to give volume and thickness in preparation for the hair to hold the finished style.

2. Then he blow-dried the hair straight to help expand volume while also creating sleekness, and added a light mist of Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine ($28) for sheen.

3. A solid center part was created before the hair was pulled back tightly into a ponytail that rested just above the nape of the neck and firmly secured with a bungee cord elastic.

4. Rizzieri took two sections from the ponytail and began strongly tying knots in the sections continuously until he reached the end of the ponytail. Random pieces stuck out to create a sculptured look and add detail. The knotted bun was then secured with pins until it was tight.

5. To hold everything in place, he applied Aveda Air Control Hair Spray ($26) onto a small bristled brush and gently smoothed flyaways on the top of the head and around the bun. 

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The Show: Novis Spring/Summer 2015 Collection by designer Jordana Warmflash

The Lead Artist: Makeup by Janell Geason, Aveda’s global artistic director for makeup

The Inspiration: For the makeup, Geason wanted something that wasn’t too girly, but instead a little more mature. “The look is fresh, beautiful and grown up,” she says. “Earth tones on the eyes with some rose gold in the center were complemented by healthy-looking skin and matte pink lip.”

The Look: Makeup

1. Geason started by moisturizing the face with Aveda Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Crème ($42) and evened out the skin tone with Aveda Inner Light Mineral Loose Powder ($30).

2. She then groomed the brows by brushing them up and over, and then set them with a coat of Aveda Mosscara ($18) in Earth.

3. On the eyes, Geason used Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Colors ($15) in Azalea from the lid to the brow bone, and then Winter Lilac to the outer edges of the top lids. Aveda Mosscara in Earth was used on the upper and lower lashes.

4. For a contoured cheek, Aveda Uruku Bronzer ($24) in Amazonia was used, and for a matte pink lip, Geason coated the lips with Aveda Inner Light Concealer and then dabbed them with Aveda Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze ($18) in Pink Hibiscus.

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The Show: Trina Turk Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Hair by Esther Langham for Beauty.com using Phyto and T3 Tools

The Inspiration: A girl going to a flower market. California healthy and fresh ease. “Being that Trina Turk is a California-based brand, we wanted to make sure the hairstyle had ease and complemented the headbands,” says Langham. “We blow-dried hair to lift the roots and get rid of any waves, which smoothed it out and gave it a really soft feel.”

The Look:

1. Langham applied Phyto Professional Intense Volume Mousse ($24) on wet hair and worked it back into the roots. For an extra boost, she used Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray ($29) from the middle of the hair down to the ends.

2. The hair was then sectioned off at the nape of the neck and blow-dried using a T3 medium round brush and T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i blow-dryer ($250).

3. Once each section was dry, Langham began setting the hair by pinning it up, which also helped maintain volume. The T3 SinglePass Straightening & Styling Iron ($160) was used to add smoothness and bounce to wavy or curly hair.

4. After she took the clips out, Langham finished the look by applying Phyto Professional Glossing Cream ($24) on the roots and Phyto Phytolisse Ultra-Glossing Finishing Serum ($30) from the mid-lengths to the ends. A coat of Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray ($24) held the style in place.

5. The hair was then parted down the center and the wide headbands were placed on the crown of the head.

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The Show: Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

The Lead Artist: Makeup by Lucia Pieroni, makeup creative director for Clé de Peau Beauté

The Inspiration: “The skin is matte with the merest hint of sparkle on the cheekbones,” says Pieroni. “Rich purple eyes are romantic, complementing the deconstructed yet feminine collection, and are perfectly offset by the nude lips. I imagine it as the face of a mystical wood nymph.”

The Look:

1. Pieroni applied a heavy layer of the plum shade from the new Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in Fairy Dust (launching Spring 2015) in the center of both the top and bottom eyelids, blending up and out slightly to the sides.

2. She then used Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Fluid Foundation ($125) and layered the Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer ($95) in Delicate Pink on the cheekbones, forehead and nose to catch the light.

3. To finish, Pieroni applied the limited-edition Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick ($65) in 210, a nude shade, to the lips.

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