52 Thursdays and VIVE Talk NYFW Beauty Trends

Sarah Gargagliano-Phillips and Michelle Marcinowski are the founders of 52 Thursdays, a Washington D.C.-based fashion and lifestyle blog. We met up with Sarah and Michelle while they were in town for New York Fashion Week. Sarah and Michelle are long time friends and fashion colleagues. Prior to 52 Thursdays, Michelle and Sarah worked at top fashion companies including Intermix, Michael Kors, and BCBC Max Azria, where they worked together. 

While the main attraction of New York Fashion Week is, of course, fashion and what’s trending for next season, beauty is just as much a part of the production and leaves a lasting impression. Hair and makeup is the essence of every look and the final touch that a designer uses to convey his or her story.  It truly completes each and every collection and is something that keeps us talking from season to season. 

While we were attending New York Fashion Week this year, we saw so many hair and makeup trends that we want to try out ourselves! We saw models strutting down the runway with seamless looks, ranging from slicked back hair and minimalist/flawless makeup to messy braids and prominent eyes. We asked VIVE stylist and co-founder, Cristin Armstrong, and makeup artist Flynn Pyykkonen, to help break down our favorite looks and how we could achieve the same runway looks.

Backstage at Alina German's SS15 presentation. Photos from http://www.norahlovesmakeup.com/tag/inglot-usa/.

Backstage at Alina German's SS15 presentation. Photos from http://www.norahlovesmakeup.com/tag/inglot-usa/.

52 Thursdays: We saw that sleek, almost wet looking hair was all over the runways for spring. Do you think this a trend that you foresee most people following? 

Cristin: The wet look can transfer from runway to the streets seamlessly. It can be made to look sophisticated or disheveled, being a very versatile trendy look to wear. Using a generous amount of Oribe's Sculpting Cream, comb through the hair. This product will achieve a slick, wet look and keep the hair in place all day.

Mara Hoffman's runway braids. Photo by 52 Thursdays.

Mara Hoffman's runway braids. Photo by 52 Thursdays.

52: We are dying over the braids at Mara Hoffman. Do you see braids remaining strong for spring and how would we achieve this look at home?

Cristin: Braids are still going strong because they are classic and there is such a variety of styles. You can create a new braid for each day, it's endless! Braids are all about making it your own. I like to use Oribe's Crème for Style to prep the hair. This product provides flexible hold and controls frizz. Then I finish the look with Oribe Superfine hairspray for flexible, soft control.


Photo by Sara Balch for InStyle. 

Photo by Sara Balch for InStyle

52: We know you were back stage prepping the models for a few of the shows. What were some of your favorite makeup trends that you saw for spring?

Flynn: Backstage we are keeping it soft and fresh. The skin has been very clean and flawless with a sheen on the eye, a smudged out black liner tight to the lash line, multiple coats of mascara, coral cheeks, and a strong highlight to keep the skin looking glossy. The lips have been mostly nude, a soft pink gloss, or flesh tone. 

Model Antonina Vasylchenko at Lisa Perry's SS15 show

Model Antonina Vasylchenko at Lisa Perry's SS15 show

52: We also loved how simplistic and clean the makeup was on the runways. If you were to suggest a few products to recreate this look at home, what would they be? 

Flynn: I would suggest the following: