2014 Runway Looks To Steal For The Holidays

The holidays are generally the time of the year to step up your style game, but that’s no reason to feel intimidated. We raided the fashion runways for the right-now trends that are flattering, très chic, and (most importantly) easy to replicate. 

Bright Blue Eyes

Christian Dior, Temperley London and Anna Sui, among others, showed that blue eye makeup is back in a big way.  Get that electric intense look with Aveda’s Petal Essence™ Eye Definer in Delphinium — these pro pencils are so smooth and blendable that you can use them as both liner and shadow. Combine with blue shadow for legit runway impact (we suggest Petal Essence Eye Color in Oceanica) or dial it down for daytime by pairing with neutrals such as Ivory Lotus or Gypsum Grey.

Runway Look (Anna Sui):

Real-Life Look (Taylor Swift):


Lavish Lashes

A Fashion Week trend that looks great on virtually everyone, we give you long, thick, dark eyelashes. Models striding down the Gucci, Versace and Prada catwalks had them, and you can too. To replicate the red-carpet and runway look, you’ll want pro falsies that last for weeks — and your Douglas J beauty experts are standing by to give you fabulous fluttery faux fringe starting at $19. If you’re leery of commitment, though, here’s a makeup tutorial so you can fake it like an expert:

1. Warm up your eyelash curler (by holding it under your hair dryer for a few seconds to set the curl.

2. Hold the curler as close to the roots of your upper lashes as you can without pinching the skin. Clamp and hold for a few seconds. Move the curler up toward the lash ends, and clamp and hold again. Re-heat and repeat for bottom lashes, but curl just once downward.

3. Using Aveda’s Mosscara™ in Black Forest, hold the wand at the base of the lashes and brush straight up through the ends. Brush the top quarter of the lashes with the round eyelash comb in Aveda’s Flax Sticks™ Daily Effects Brush Set. Let dry for a few seconds.

4. Dust the eyelash comb in Aveda Inner Light™ Mineral Loose translucent powder, blow, and apply mascara again. Apply up to three coats, allowing to dry and then applying a thin layer of powder each time. On your last application, blink softly once you reach the tips to cover the topsides in mascara. Brush the top of the lashes with your round eyelash comb to create a feathery effect.

5. Repeat with bottom lashes, but this time turn your mascara wand vertically to coat these shorter lashes without smudging your face.


Runway Look (Rochas):

Real-Life Look (Adele):

Beauteous Braids

Braids have been everywhere this year, from perfectly plaited to marvelously messy. Our favorites were the elegant braided looks for Valentino, Donna Karan, Novis and Tadashi Shoji. For sleek and perfect braids, you’ll need very smooth hair (Aveda’s entire Smooth Infusion™ line, but especially its Naturally Straight styling crème, is your secret weapon here). Flat-iron before braiding. For messy braids, you’ll want to rough it up with some texture; work Pure Abundance™ Style Prep through before air- or blow-drying. Since messy braids tend to fall apart, you’ll need a firm hold hair spray to keep it all in place for hours. (Aveda’s Control Force™ is our go-to.) Spray your hands and work it through dry or nearly-dry locks from crown to ends, then braid.

Here’s how to get the Novis braided ballerina bun, courtesy the Aveda NYFW Style Team.

Runway Look (Tadashi Shoji)

Runway Look (Alberta Ferretti):

Real-Life Look (Jennifer Lawrence):

Real-Life Look (Blake Lively): 

Straight, Slicked Hair

In sharp contrast to the braided/knotted updos above were the stick-straight styles sported on the runways at Balmain, Calvin Klein, and Gucci. The high polished shine gives an instantly modern feel to your look. Gel is the main ingredient here: we recommend Aveda Flax Seed Strong Hold Sculpturing Gel for the required level of gloss and moldability. Work it through damp hair, blow-dry, then flat-iron in segments. Comb more gel through dry hair (leaving the comb rows intact and flattened down more heavily on the sides). Hit the ends with a few drops of Dry Remedy™ Daily Moisturizing Oil, then finish with a generous spritz of Firmata™ Firm Hold Hair Spray to fix it into place and amp up the shine.

Runway Look (Gucci):

Real-Life Look (Kim Kardashian):

And here’s how to combine both of the above right-now hair looks: a sleek, straight style with an amazing center-part braid, by the Aveda NYFW Style Team for Tibi.

Half-Moon Manicure 

We’re fans of keeping the bottom half-moon of the nail a different shade than the rest (or clear). This up-to-the-minute nail art trend was sported by models for Chanel, Noon by Noor, Rolando Santana, Azede Jean-Pierre, and we love its versatility. It’s a look that immediately says “stand back: I know my fashion” without seeming like you’re trying too hard.

Runway Look (Azede Jean-Pierre):

Real-Life Look (Dita Von Teese):

Book an appointment with a Douglas J nail art pro, or follow this video tutorial or this visual how-to to create the look at home.

These runway-to-real-life style choices are based on versatility and ease of being able to pull them off on your own. If you need intervention by a pro, though, book a session with a Douglas J stylist, makeup artist or nail artist. We can give you the hair you want regardless of what hair you have — and we can achieve whatever nail or makeup look you’re going for (and send you home with makeup tutorials so you can reproduce it later). But remember that it’s the holidays! — schedule soon, because our appointment books fill up fast.




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