Duck Lips, Body Jewels & Face Paint: The Best Beauty Moments From NYFW


Happy last day of New York Fashion Week! As we gird our loins for London (and Milan and Paris), we’re looking back at the weirdest and wildest beauty moments from the past five days, from clay-slathered hair to bejeweled lower backs to over-filled lips.

The best NYFW beauty looks weren’t about rosy cheeks or perfectly-coiffed updos — they were about making a statement. Let’s dive in.

Clay-covered braids at Collina Strada

Maverick hairstylist Evanie Frausto (the mind behind Nicole Kidman’s “jellyfish cut”) slathered Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay on the crowns’ of models heads, a touch inspired by designer Hillary Taymour’s trip to volcanic baths in southern Europe. The likes of Ella Emhoff and Hari Nef paraded down the runway with pink and green clay-encrusted noggins, while others sported super-long braids — also coated in healing clay — that trailed behind them like a trains.

Botched lip filler and crooked teeth at Barragán

Duck lips never looked so good. At Barragán, makeup artist Yadim Carranza applied puffy prosthetic lips to models, transforming them into over-filled medspa addicts. Snarky social commentary on a post-COVID America, the collection was further complemented by crooked, yellow, and all-together unappealing prosthetic teeth.

Body jewels at Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang’s low-rise schoolgirl skirts and slouchy trousers left models’ abdomens and lower backs exposed, all the better for adorning with crystals. The downtown designer’s cloud and bow-shaped body jewels highlighted these very Y2K erogenous zones — I don’t know about you, but I sense a trend in the making.

Pimple patches at Puppets and Puppets

Pimple patches are about to be your new favorite accessory. Makeup artist Fara Homidi stuck Starface’s soon-to-launch black patches under models’ eyes, on the cheekbones, and above the lips, creating a beauty mark-like effect. Homidi even created “gloves” using the star-shaped stickers, applying them all over the hands and up the arm.

Watercolor foreheads at Marni

Carranza made beauty magic again at Marni, where he painted models’ foreheads in ombré gradients of orange, blue, and purple — shades that complemented Francesco Risso’s sunset-y palette.

Goopy skin at Eckhaus Latta

An Instagram-able beauty moment if there even was one, models at Eckhaus Latta sported their skincare down the runway. Before go-time, models’ faces were brushed with Freeman Beauty’s Infusion Peel-Off Mask, resulting in a super-shiny, otherworldly look.

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