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New York Fashion Week is officially a wrap and that means it's time to talk trends — specifically, the makeup looks that will be trending come 2016. After recapping the makeup looks, we're ready to give a few of these a try this weekend. The gorgeous creations left us inspired and if there's one thing we're sure of is that no perfect OOTD is complete without the right beauty look. From throwback glamour to a "concealer where needed" minimalist approach, here are the standout makeup trends of NYFW's spring 2016 shows.

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Mermaid eyes

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The legendary Pat McGrath gave us a dose of bright blue at Boss, where models rocked a thick, squared-off bright blue shade of liner. McGrath was also the mastermind behind the shades of aqua that were dusted over models' lids at Diane von Furstenberg — it was a nod to 70s nightlife and Studio 54, indeed. Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics took a more graphic approach to blue at  3.1 Phillip Lim, lining bits of the lash line with NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Island as, "a reference of new romanticism and a new wave."

Blue truly is cool for spring 2015 and the best part is that it totally works on all skin tones and is a great way to experiment with color. Whether you use a subtle hint of color or go full on mermaid aqua, one thing is for sure: you'll look gorgeous as ever.


Fresh-faced

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Makeup artist Diane Kendal was behind the raw and natural look seen on models at the Alexander Wang show. The designer wanted to go back ten years to his debut, where models had an undone look. It was all about moisturizer and brushed brows — zero makeup. Meanwhile, at Victoria Beckham, models indulged skin with products from Sunday Riley to get their glow on. A light application of makeup followed the radiance-boosting skin prep to accentuate healthy skin. Diane Kendal also had a hand in creating the effortless makeup at Thakoon, where makeup was minimal. The barely-there look was created using a trifecta of NARS products: concealer, a hint of blush, and lip gloss. 

The no-makeup makeup trend has been around for a few seasons, but this new fresh-faced look is all about skincare and little to no makeup. We don't know about you, but we're not going to argue with a look that takes this little effort. 

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Red lips

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The fashion at DKNY was all about the brand's original sensibility with a 2015 twist. In true 90's form, the models were sent down the runway with a bold matte red lip. Makeup artist Yadim use Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blue in Cherry Cherry Bang Bang, followed by a liquid lip color from the brand's January 2016 line for double the impact. "Fresh, clean and beautiful" was the theme of choice at Oscar de la Renta. The Spanish-inspired show had models strutting in gorgeous creations with a pop of MAC Follow Your Heart Lip Pencil all over the lips. The "barely made up" look at Jason Wu was topped off with a modern stained red lip that Yadim calls "Wu Red" and was created with a blend of Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid colors (in Berry Boost and Rebel Red) from the brand's 2016 cosmetics range.

A one-step makeup look is a girl's dream on a day when time is of the essence. We'll take a red lip any day, though — especially in a vibrant shade that's bold and makes a statement.


Neutral eyes

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At Prabal Gurung, makeup artist Diane Kendal was inspired by “East Meets West” and used moisturizer and a hydrating spray to give models their glowy skin. She softly defined eyes with a sandy shade of sculpting powder in the crease of the lids. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux went for a natural look when it came to the makeup at Altuzarra as well. He drew inspiration from Mexico and Arizona to create a rust-colored eyeshadow made from a combination of "Orange You Haute" and "Tomato" from MAC’s upcoming spring 2016 lineup. Shiseido's artistic director, Dick Page, aimed to compliment the collection with the makeup at Narciso Rodriguez. The neutral theme carried over when he used a "greeny brown" color on the lids by mixing a trio of Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable, Leather, and Shoyu.

For a put-together look that only requires beginner-level application skills and makeup bag basics, this is the spring look. You can’t go wrong with a subtle crease contour using this kind of tone and keeping the rest of your makeup equally simple.

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