Beauty Rewind: FW16 Trends to Remember

Makeup trends are constantly being invented, so a refresher on what is trending each season is the perfect way for us beauty babes to be in the know of what is currently in! Some of you may remember the makeup trends that were presented on models during FW ‘16, but for those of you that don’t, fear not. We’re here to rewind what sashayed down those catwalks so you are prepared for what will be raging during this year’s fall and winter seasons. Picture manicures that are too cool not to try, vampy lip colors, ethereal complexions, glittery details, and looks that are reminiscent of the ‘70s. Ring a bell yet? If not, we’ll let the pictures do the talking as we dive into more detail with each trend to help you master them as if you remembered them all along. Don’t worry—it’ll be our little secret.


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Vampin’ It Out
Just when we thought the red lip couldn’t be topped, the red-black version of this classic trend was brought out onto the runway in Rodarte’s Fall 2016 Ready-To-Wear collection. It gives us all mysterious, spooky vibes that we can’t help but succumb to around October. And can you blame us? With lips as dark as these, you’ll feel like an infamous vamp that no one will want to mess with. Paired with a simple face, full brows, and a leather jacket, you’ll be ready to slay the night.

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Back to the ‘70s
We’ve seen 70’s trends take us by storm again in the fashion game—from chokers and denim skirts to suede pants and folk-like prints—so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the beauty side would be sharing their own take on this era. The cut crease and a smoky eye created an effortless grunge effect in Diane von Furstenberg’s FW ‘16 line. To master this look, all you need is a grey-toned eyeshadow and a blending brush.

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Goddess Glow
Believe it or not, an au naturale vibe was also favored on some catwalks during FW ‘16. Spotted at Valentino, Prada, and Gucci, models were photographed with fresh skin that had just a hint of a peachy glow for a goddess-like effect. It’s a look that reminded us so much that less can be more when you stick to minimal details and let your natural beauty just show.

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All That Glitter
Who knew glitter could be a normal everyday makeup look? Thanks to Burberry, we were introduced to gold glitter perfectly placed on the cheekbones of their models. Anyone who is brave enough to rock this trend more than once through fall and winter deserves serious kudos. This look is very much like the freckle trend that has been ruling out there, so if you’re a little taken aback by putting glitter on your face, reach for a metallic liquid liner instead and gently create dots along your nose and cheeks for this mesmerizing effect.

©Rachel Antonoff

Graphic Manis
Cutesy stickers to glass nails with artsy touches—the nail game at NYFW ‘16 was something that was totally new to us. Creatures of Comfort, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Opening Ceremony, and Rachel Antonoff (just to name a few) made a statement all on their own and had us wanting to up our manis right afterwards. If you’re not the best manicurist out there, don’t worry. We recommend grabbing nail polish strips, like the ones by Sally Hansen, which won’t have you swearing every time you can’t perfect a sharp, black line.

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“Beauty Rewind: FW16 Trends to Remember” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2016 issue. Featured image courtesy of  ©Sonny Vandevelde /

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