Are you packing away your bright, summer makeup colors? Good, because fashion brands have ruled them out. Of the 40 or so fashion shows that I reviewed, only three used colors that slightly represented spring. On my intense search for what was "in" and what was "out," the fall 2011 makeup trends became very apparent.
While there are no rules to makeup, there are a few suggestions that can work for all of us. We pretty much know the rule of thumb for cooler weather: darker colors are "in." Colors that you find in nature are bound to be seen during this time. The Brain Lair loves a pop of color on the lids. She says "There's nothing like green to bridge the gap between summer and winter. The brightness of emerald green reminds you of sunnier, lazier days while brightening up that navy blue work skirt."
As you might have guessed, the darker lip was (and always will be) an autumn staple. Carolina Herrera focused on a stained lip, using shades like berry and raisin. Stains work wonders for a look, not only adding some oomph to the face, but they last for hours and hours on end. Yves Saint Laurent opted for a deep grape lip and neutral eye. This particular variation usually gets the response: "Oh, it looks great on them! It wouldn't look good on me." Try it -- you might be surprised!
Also, as you might have imagined, every type of smoky eye known to man was on showcase. Vera Wang used a wash of slate gray on the lid and under the eye. Alexander Wang gave us the barely-smoky smoky eye. Chanel had a soft, silver look. Lanvin and Diane Von Furstenberg opted for smoke only in the very outer corner of the eyes. This is one of the quickest ways to add some warmth for an evening out.
Of all the shows that I looked at, the color that I saw more than anything was camel. Michael Kors and Prada both used camel on the eyes of their models. It was a simple wash of color, but it really pulled the look together. Rachel Zoe had her models wearing camel on their cheeks, paired with a bold red lip. Donna Karan paired a tarnished beige eye with baby pink lips.
And of course, there was the "gutsy" makeup. Paul & Joe had their models in top and bottom lashes, with a punch of metallic silver on the very inside of the eye. Alice + Olivia sported the crisp cat eye in unison with the reddest of red lipsticks. Thakoon gave us eyes completely covered in red and orange. Well, there you have it.
The "no makeup" makeup look was all over the place! This was the effortlessly flawless face. It was seen not only with accessible brands like Banana Republic, GAP and J. Crew, but also with brands like Tory Burch, Halston and BCBG. Emily of S.A.H.M.i.AM swears by this look! She creates it with a simple routine of tinted moisturizer, lip gloss and mascara.