Best Looks from the Spring 2016 Runways
Seeing the models’ sleek ponytails and dramatic eyes at the DC Fashion Week shows last month piqued my interest in the hottest looks coming down the runways for spring 2016. What I discovered was an exhilarating array of looks including bold eyes glittering with gold or artfully smudged in blue, tawny glowing skin and relaxed, yet individualistic hair. Although we’re just settling into autumn and winter, I’m already looking forward to spring.
Gold dust was everywhere — gilded lids, metallic eye liner and beglittered lips made a bold statement for spring. While I love a touch of gold on the eye, I found the golden lip to be a rather brazen and unexpected look for spring.
Blue eyeshadow was seen in various forms — a broad swath of cerulean at Marc Jacobs, a thin blue line at Jonathan Saunders and pastel, mermaid-inspired aquamarine at Diane von Furstenberg and Chanel. Blue eye accents can be easily adapted to work off-runway – apply a bright graphic swipe of cobalt to your upper lids, smudging the pigment into the crease and extend beyond the corner of the eye. Keep the rest of your makeup muted, of course.
If you prefer to emphasize your lips, then spring’s bright lip should suit you just fine. Look to the oxblood stain seen at Burberry Prorsum and Oscar de la Renta or the velvety red shade sported by the models at Jason Wu for inspiration. For the latter, makeup artist Yadim created a youthful, fresh glamour with lipstick only, leaving the rest of the models’ faces completely bare and make-up free.
Get the glow
Another youthful, carefree look was achieved with a no-makeup look that allowed luminous skin to show through. Get this look with sheer tinted moisturizer applied over facial oil for that fresh-out-out-the shower effect.
Low pony tails and bed head
As seen at DC Fashion Week, low sleek pony tails and braids were ubiquitous. While I love the ease and versatility of this style — it can be dressed up or down — I was even more enticed by the super easygoing “bed head” seen at Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese and Tory Burch. Evoking a grunge-era party girl, hair was either loose or carelessly knotted up in a rough and haphazard manner.
A native Washingtonian, Beauty Blogger Lia Phipps is an interior designer with an irrepressible, life-long fascination with health and beauty. When she is not selecting fabrics and paint colors for clients, she occupies herself with trying new products and dispensing beauty advice to friends, acquaintances and anyone who is willing to listen to “Tips from Phipps”.