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Beauty Queen: Fall 2011 Trends

Whatever you are looking for this fall, there is a beauty trend calling your name and today’s special edition Beauty Queen story is dedicated to exploring all the must-try beauty trends from the fall 2011 shows.

Beauty Queen: Fall 2011 Trends

We all take a different approach to beauty, but if there is one thing we can agree on it is that the arrival of a new season is the perfect time to revamp your routine. The good news is that whatever you are looking for this fall—whether it is a pastel pout (à la Donna Karan), an undone bun (as seen at Michael Kors), or a major braid (spotted at Rag & Bone)—there is a beauty trend calling your name. The even-better news is that today’s special edition Beauty Queen story is dedicated to exploring all the must-try beauty trends from the fall 2011 shows. On that note, click through for all the details!

Bold Brows
If you want to try a trend that is not for the faint of heart, bold brows had a major moment at Alexander Wang (pictured), Oscar de la Renta, and Thakoon. At Alexander Wang, MAC Cosmetics makeup artist Diane Kendal brushed brows upward, to help create a fuller look, before filling each brow in with brow powder and setting it with Brow Set Gel. By pairing the brows with soft, natural skin, Kendal ensured the brows stood out.

Blush Flush
What could possibly be more perfect for fall than a ruddy, rosy glow? Nothing—just look at the beauty looks at Oscar de la Renta (pictured), Versace, and Marc Jacobs for proof! How can you create the look for yourself? At Oscar de la Renta, Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman applied Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Fuchsia and Candy Pink to the apples of each cheek to give the “illusion of a woman exploring the Siberian tundra.” Perfect, right?

Major Braids
Several brands—including Rag & Bone (pictured), Alexander Wang, and Lanvin—showed major braids on the fall runways. At Rag & Bone, Redken creative consultant Guido Palau created “not too symmetrical” three plaits, letting loose pieces of hair fall away from each braid. He ensured that each braid was woven loosely and didn’t contain too much product—just a little Redken Thickening Lotion and hair extensions to add a little weight to the look. The result? Soft, somewhat-undone braids.

Spider Lashes
Here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone, we love a trend that surprises us, which is why we love the spider lashes seen at Lanvin (pictured), Gucci, and Alberta Ferretti. At Lanvin, makeup artist Pat McGrath created the look by lining each eye with CoverGirl ShadowBlast in Onyx, a creamy black eyeshadow. Then, she dabbed a silvery gray shadow on the outer half of each lid, before piling on the mascara until the lashes started to cluster together.

We were thrilled to see that headbands were a major beauty trend thanks to labels like Fendi (pictured) and Nina Ricci. The best part about this trend is that it suits girls of every ilk. If you like a rocker chic vibe, try a leather headband like the ones seen at Fendi; if you opt for a hippie vibe, try a beaded handband; and if you like something classic, look for a jeweled headband à la Blair Waldorf.

Undone Buns
If you have a carefree attitude, an undone bun—as seen at shows like Michael Kors (pictured) and Narciso Rodriguez—is the perfect fall beauty trend for you. At Michael Kors, lead hairstylist Orlando Pita wanted to create a look that had a 90s vibe, referencing a time when women loved to look a little unfinished. Pita created a loosely-tied twist, then pulled a few strands out here and there, helping to create that finished-yet-unfinished look.

Nude Nails
What would a season be without a noteworthy nail trend? This fall, designers were crazy for nude nails—in fact, the look was seen at shows like Marc Jacobs (pictured), Giambattista Valli, and YSL, among others. At Marc Jacobs, the Zoya nail team applied Lulu, a creamy nude hue that is perfect for the “lady who lunches in the 21st century.” If you want to try something a little different, try creating a two-tone nail with nude polish and a brighter color.

Pastel Pouts
While bright colors were a major spring look, pastel pouts—as seen at Donna Karan (pictured) and Nina Ricci—are huge for fall. At Donna Karan, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury mixed three MAC lipstick shades—Up The Amp, Fleshpot, and See Sheer—to create a futuristic pink color reminiscent of Pepto-Bismol. Then, she simply dabbed the color onto the lips to create a powdery, marshmallow effect. Bonus: the lips perfectly matched the pink suede gloves seen in the collection.


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