There are some runway beauty staples we can expect anytime, anywhere: no-makeup makeup, fresh cat eyes, bleached brows, sculptural hairstyles. And then, every now and then, a new trend pops up that is completely unexpected – which makes it all the more fun. For spring 2023, that trend appears to be adorned foreheads.
Sure, we’re still seeing a lot of the standard backstage classics, but beyond all the usual hair and makeup suspects, New York Fashion Week really seems to have a thing for foreheads and hairlines this season. Both makeup artists and hair stylists are turning their attention to the space above the eyebrows, with intriguing results.
For the Fe Noel show, hairstylist Lacy Redway (for TreSemmé) created baby hair art, carefully plastering models’ strands across their foreheads in intricate, gorgeous wave-like patterns (above). “I envisioned this style to complement the femininity and fluidity of Fe Noel’s collection,” she said of the look. “The hair looks wet and mimics a soggy, watery, wavy texture, which will be brought to life in a variety of ways throughout the show.”
To create the wet effect and keep the hair art in place, Redway relied on a combination of TreSemmé Tres Two Mega Control Hair Gel, Freeze Hold Hair Spray and Keratin Smooth Shine Serum.
A more earthy (and quirky) look appeared on the Collina Strada runway, where models’ hair was smoothed out with clay—sometimes natural-looking, in other cases dyed bright colors—by Evanie Frausto (for Bumble and Bumble). On a handful of models, the clay was concentrated only along the hairline, creating a trippy mud halo effect.
Inspiration for the clay moment came from designer Hillary Taymour, who had recently vacationed in Italy and visited a natural pool that created natural mud. “She played with it on her hair and face, drew butterflies and let it dry. That’s where it all started,” said Frausto.
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Makeup artist Yadim Carranza also focused on the forehead for Marni’s spring 2023 show, selecting about 10 models whose foreheads he turned into canvases and painted them with colorful, sunset-inspired art.
“We just chose them based on how much skin showed with what they were wearing,” he told Fashionista backstage.
Carranza created the gradient effect – which was intended to mimic the solar images throughout the collection – primarily with MAC Paint, choosing blue, orange and purple along with some bright white on a handful of models.
In the gallery below, check out the forehead and hairline art we’ve seen on the catwalks so far this season.
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