This fall, you might be on the hunt for a confident new look. Or, you might be leaning towards a fresh-yet-unfussy regime. No matter which direction you choose, we’re happy to report there is a beauty look for you! Moreover, today’s Beauty Queen story is dedicated to giving you the scoop on fall’s biggest trends and must-have beauty products. Whether you’re craving a less-is-more look (à la Marc Jacobs), a cool grunge-inspired aesthetic (as seen at Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone), or a rich purple pout (in the style of Proenza Schouler and Missoni), we’re sure you’ll find plenty of style and shopping inspiration in today’s story! With that, we present Beauty Queen: Fall 2010 Trends! Sit back and get inspired!
Wake Up Makeup
Inspired by Kate Moss circa Sunday morning, one of the biggest trends this fall is the “I just woke up” beauty look—smudged eye makeup, messy bed hair, and rock & roll attitude—as seen at (clockwise from top left) Erdem, Emilio Pucci, and Lacoste. Despite its nonchalance, this look can be tricky to pull off. To get a jump start on this cool fall trend, try using MAC’s Eye Kohl ($14.50) and Fluidline ($15) to create a smudged eye. To get an equally unfussy hair style, we recommend spraying strands with a lightweight hairspray, and then brushing out.
Less Is More
While there is a profusion of self-assured beauty looks to mull over this fall—such as extreme eyes, purple pouts, and bold brows, to name just a few—there are also plenty of options for the minimalist. Case in point: the “less is more” look, which was spotted at (clockwise from top left) Calvin Klein Collection, Marc Jacobs, and Gucci. To get a jump start on this discreet fall trend, try a light layer of foundation and a soft swipe of blush. We like Bare Escentuals’ bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil ($19) and Nars’ Blush ($26).
Your beauty kit is undoubtedly overflowing with eyeshadow colors—but this season, it is time to go big and bold. Labels like (clockwise from top left) Derek Lam, Carolina Herrera, and Chanel all opted for extreme eyes this season, and why not? Nothing brightens up a crisp fall day like a smoky eye and a thick layer of metallic shadow. To get a jump start on this forthright fall trend, pick two shades of one color, such as violet and deep purple. Brush the violet from your lash line to your brow bone, and then brush the deep purple from the inner corners of the eye up to the outer corners of the brow. Finish with a thick layer of mascara
You don’t have to be Courtney Love to have a passion for the grunge-inspired beauty looks seen on the runways this season. At (clockwise from top) Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and Bottega Veneta, models walked the runways sporting nude lips, rusty red-brown eyeshadow, and tousled ombre hair. To get a jump start on this laidback fall trend, line your eyelids with MAC’s Eye Pencil ($13) and then use Nyx’s Trio Eyeshadow ($8.39) in Golden/Rust/Walnut Bronze to create a ruddy eye. Finish your look with a thin layer of clear lip balm and cool confidence.
This fall, a true red is one of the most must-have lip colors for your beauty kit, thanks to labels like (clockwise from top right) Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, and Givenchy. The color’s sultry hue is neither too dressy for day nor too modest for night, which makes it the perfect choice for the modern day girl-on-the-go. Plus, a true red never goes out of style. To get a jump start on this hot fall trend, try mixing a cherry red lip pencil with L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick ($6.99) in True Red. To finish, add a swipe of MAC Clear Lipglass ($14.50).
One of the most noticeable and noteworthy trends this fall? A rich purple pout, as seen at (clockwise from top left) Christian Dior, Proenza Schouler, and Missoni. In addition to giving your beauty regime a seriously plush boost, the luxe hue is just dark enough to ensure it will flatter every ensemble you wear. To get a jump start on this lavish fall trend, try Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge Advanced Lipcolor in Aubergine Velvet ($29) if you’re blonde, or Red Amarante ($29), if you’re a brunette. A quick tip: make your lip color deeper in the center by blotting the edges lightly.
If you want it all this fall, you simply must top off your extreme eyeshadow with a bold brow. After all, labels such as (clockwise from top right) Valentino, Narciso Rodriguez, and Prada rarely take a wrong turn. How you do it is up to you: while some labels bleached eyebrows for a bright white look, others strengthened the look by filling them in. To get a jump start on this wild fall trend, pick out a dark eye brow defining pencil, such as Nars’ Eyebrow Pencil ($20), and carefully pencil in a classic eyebrow shape. The result is a perfect runway-to-reality translation.
Some of us like to play by the rules, and some of us don’t. If your approach to beauty is more playful than proper, we’re positive you’ll like the bright and bold hair streaks seen at (clockwise from top left) Vena Cava, Miu Miu, and Cynthia Rowley—it’s a spirited and more lively take on the pastel strands we saw for spring. To get a jump start on this lighthearted fall trend, ask your hair stylist to mix brightly-colored extensions into your natural looks. To finish, pull your hair back into a loose ponytail that starts at the nape of your neck.
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