The hair and makeup at New York Fashion Week was functional, aspirational and subsequently, more doable than ever before.
Skin was flawless, hair was undone and even nails went back to basics.
There's still a lot more to come on the hair and beauty front during fashion month, but here's a heads up on the five big trends that have already emerged from the Autumn/Winter 2014 shows...
1. Sixties eyes
If there's one thing to master before autumn arrives, it's the perfect Sixties cat-eye. At Badgley Mischka, makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Mac Cosmetics his look was "inspired by the Golden Years of America... very 1950s and 60s." He used Mac's Pro Eyeliner Mixing Medium and Blacktrack Fluid Liner across the upper lash lines, then dabbed the new Dusty Mauve Lipstick (launching A/W 14) on the lips.
Green eyeshadow isn't for everyone but if there was ever a backstage beauty look to convince you it's worth trying, see Altuzarra's show.A hint of lime (Pecheux used Mac's 3D glitter in brass gold) popped against flawless skin and barely-there lip colour. And if you'd rather try something smokier? A dark jade was blurred around the eyes at Derek Lam. Talk about mysterious...
Shiseido's makeup artistic director Dick Page created a "natural and real yet toughed up" look for the Marc by Marc Jacob's A/W show. What did this require? Eyeliner.
Page used the brand's Accentuating Cream Eyeliner in black along with a lip conditioner and foundation. The result was simple but severe.
4. Feminine, fuss-free hair
Yes, there were a few super short boy cuts on the New York catwalks, but we're guessing it will be the longer, lightly tousled styles that are the most popular next season. The best examples of this were seen at Rodarte and Badgley Mischka.
Moroccanoil hairstylist Peter Gray described the look he created for Mischka's show. "The strands have been designed to separate naturally as models walk, and hair, especially on the top of the head, is firm, luminous, and shiny."The secret to this style? Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse. It was used to add "control and flatten rather than add volume." A hairstyle that doesn't require endless backcombing? Hurrah!
The Autumn/Winter season often inspires a fresh-faced, flushed beauty look (it's the time of year when we have to confront the elements after all.)
At Edun's show, makeup artists Charlotte Tilbury described her look as "super fresh... like she's running around the forest." And she wasn't the only one to think about the effects of nature.There was glowing skin at Marchesa's Scotland-inspired show (the flushed cheeks were meant to look like these girls had spent the day out in the Highlands) and at Prabal Gurung, makeup artist Diane Kendal created the ultimate barely-there face. Her star product? Mac's Face & Body Foundation provided a clean, matte finish.