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Beauty Inspiration From The Streets Of New York City

06/24/2015 03:17 pm ET | Updated Jun 26, 2016
MELODIE JENG

By Taylor Bryant
ALL PHOTOGRAPHED BY MELODIE JENG.

Have you ever admired the shade of lipstick the girl sitting across from you on the subway was wearing? Or secretly envied the perfect fishtail braid on the woman who just whizzed past you on her bike?

Well, trust us, you're not alone. We suffer from beauty envy at the hands of New York City women every day. And, come summer, the number of eye-catching hair and makeup looks spike -- we don't have to bundle up thanks to any polar vortices, after all.

In honor of the new season, we did some friendly stalking to bring you the most interesting, unique, and gorgeous beauty inspiration NYC has to offer. Click through to see every Pinterest-worthy look -- because sometimes, the best looks are off the runway.

  • 1
    You can't go wrong with a top knot and a bold lip in the summer. This season's hottest lip color is purple — and Callie's smoky violet is perfect for all of the festivals we plan on hitting up.
  • 2
    Denise gives her bowl cut a stylish upgrade with a piecey, forehead-grazing fringe.
  • 3
    Bold brows and dark, mauve lips aren't just for fall. B Boebel used Anastasia's Brow Wiz to groom her arches, and MAC lipliner in Whirl to keep her lip color from smudging in the summer heat.
  • 4
    Miriam's thigh-length, curly red hair is giving Merida from Brave a run for her money.
  • 5
    Amber makes a serious case for matching your (in this case, berry) lip color to your shades.
  • 6
    Tousled hair, minimal makeup, flushed cheeks — Stacey's beauty look has the perfect off-duty model vibe.
  • 7
    Hannah's septum piercing, Calvin sports bra, and overalls are the ideal complements to her no-fuss, cool-girl coils.
  • 8
    Don't worry about positioning your head-chain directly on your part. Tia's looks cooler a little off-centered — with long, shiny strands to boot.
  • 9
    Milkmaid braids are a summer favorite. Run your fingers across the braid to stir up frizz and flyaways — in Kelsey's case, they're a very good thing.
  • 10
    We love Sarah's sheer red lipstick and gorgeous natural hair. If you're natural, just make sure to keep up with your regular deep-conditioning treatments in the summer — when it's especially prone to dryness, it can use all the extra moisture it can get.

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