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Like any beauty addict, you have been following the looks from New York Fashion Week, trawling your favourite sites for daily updates. By now, you can probably tick off the major trends before they even hit our shores: Ponytails! Yellow peepers! Bronzed and bare faced!

Here are my favourite (and least favourite!) looks from the week that was from one of the greatest cities in the world…


Makeup artist James Kaliardos calls the look “starry night” and layered midnight blue and shimmering navy NARS upon the lids and smudged below the eye. Nail guru Deborah Lippmann mixed large pieces of silver & graphite sequins into the navy nail lacquer while Odile Gilbert styled the hair with a retro forties element.

Donna Karen

I love a dark lip amongst a sea of nude and punchy pouts and Donna Karen’s matte burgundy does not disappoint. Cheeks were flushed with a russet blush while nails matched the deep wine almost chocolaty colour of the lips. A perfect contrast to spring’s inevidable florals.

Derek Lam

Tom Pecheux was drawn to Californian architect Richard Neutra for this season’s Derek Lam inspiration. The sleek ponytails were inspired by his ‘clean, crisp’ lines while the strong brows are also architecturally inspired. The makeup palette of tonal bronzes and the pretty wash of canary yellow across the lids are an obvious reference to the Californian sunshine. Perfect for Spring and surprisingly wearable.

Philip Lim

The makeup at Philip Lim is always a treat for the eyes and the latest season doesn’t disappoint! NARS makeup artist Francelle Daly created a crescent shaped silver metallic line just above the eye socket that he insists is not a sixties reference but a mixture of light and air. Clean skin, mascara and nude lips finish off the look.

Marc By Marc Jacobs

Subtle pinks and golds made up the soft, feminine makeup palette at Marc by Marc Jacobs with sculpted, bronzed cheekbones. The hair was slicked back and twisted into a sort of half-pony and clipped down at the nape of the neck with a barette, leaving the ends spiky and slightly undone.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Makeup at Diane Von Furstenberg was kept tonal and natural- all the better to highlight the fantastic up dos that the models sashyed down the runway with! A giant beehive reminiscent of a sixties silhouette was kept modern by incorporating French twists down the back.

Alexander Wang

The Alexander Wang girl is back! Clean skin, bold brows and smudgy, grungy eyes that look like last night’s makeup has been slept in has become the Wang staple and there is a reason for it in my opinion- it is an utterly flawless look. Hair was left dishevelled only this time almost soaking wet.

Calvin Klein Collection

Just like the archetypical Wang girl, the Calvin Klein girl also has her own look. Natural beauty.  Fresh faced, bare lids, dewy skin and flowing, relaxed locks ruled supreme at the power houses New York Spring 2012 collection. Both Ralph Lauren & Rag & Bone also executed the bare faced, no-makeup look beautifully.

Carolina Herrera

Ok, so there may be more breath taking looks from NY Fashion Week but I had to include Carolina Herrera for the sheer wearability of this simple makeup look.  The earthy russet tones swept across the lids echo the contoured blush and the skin is nothing less than perfect. The loopy ponytail is such a cute touch and perfect for lazy spring afternoons.

Honourable Mentions

Zac Posen’s huge flirty lashes; Jason Wu’s matte skin and perfect red and Anna Sui’s pairing of a watermelon pout with sheer red lids and cheeks.

Dishonourable Mentions

Powered and spraypainted pastel hair colours at Thakoon and Narsico Rodriguez respectively;  Oscar De La Renta’s perm gone wrong and Michael Kors for taking the tonal, russet trend a little too far resulting in a ruddy, heavy handed with the bronzer complexion.

What were your favourite looks from New York fashion week? What did you hate? What are you dying to try?