Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Makeup Trends: From the Runway to the “Real Way"

Most of us already know that the amazing designer clothing we see gliding down the fashion runways help determine the popular styles at our favorite department stores and boutiques. But the makeup styles on the runway also help set the beauty trends we follow throughout the season. I know what you’re thinking. Some of those makeup looks are so crazy you could never imagine looking like that out on the street. But many of the makeup and beauty trends seen on the runway this Fall can actually be worn out in the real world.  Here are some great looks you can incorporate into your daily routine to help keep you beautifully fashionable and right on trend for Fall!

The Statement Eye
Bold black liner and brightly colored eyelids were front and forward on all the runways. Use pencil, liquid or cream/gel eye liner to get the look.  A super-thick line works best on a larger lid because on a small lid it can make your eyes appear even smaller. Green is the new black when it comes to eye shadow color from teal to forest. The focus is on the lid so leave the area under the lower lash line fairly clean and keep lips understated for dramatic effect. For that defined black outline try Revlon Colorstay Black Eyeliner (about $6) or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($24)

                                     Metallic Eyeshadow

Metallic eye color is back in full effect, but not the 80’s disco ball glittery eye. This time it’s much more sophisticated and deliberate. Sweep it softly across the top of the eyes and under the lash line or pack it intensely between the lash line and the eye lid crease for a look that demands attention. Eye liner is a must with this look on both the eyelid and the waterline. Pair it with a subtle or intense lip, whatever fits your comfort level. My favorites of the moment Chanel Les 4 Ombres ($61) or Urban Decay Eyeshadow single ($20)

Pastel Color Streaks
Hair color continues to be a big trend for Fall but is heading toward pastels. Shades of pink, blue, green, purple even yellow can add a fun flair to an otherwise ordinary look. Use clip in pieces if you aren’t ready to make a full commitment. Try Anastacia Hypercolor Brow and Hair Chalk (about $20) or check your local beauty supply's selection of synthetic and natural hair extensions.

The Nude Face
Of course it’s not actually nude but it is a very nude look.  Skin is flawless, lashes are lush, brows are groomed and makeup not only blends in with but almost matches your skin tone.  Chose a BB/CC cream or a very sheer foundation to correct any imperfections in your skin and a light setting powder to control any shine. A makeup primer designed for your skin type will keep you looking fresh and natural all day long. And never underestimate the power of a great skin care routine! Try Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF15 (about $23) or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 ($43). For a great nude eye check out The Natural Shadow Palette from NYX (about $7.50)

 A Bold Berry-licious Lip  
Like the smoky eye, this trend seems to show up every Fall. Anyone can pull off the berry lip because it works on all skin tones from very fair to dark chocolate. Choose the intensity you’re most comfortable with. A sheer balm, stain or gloss will give you a subtle hint of color while a matte or creamy texture will add more drama. Go neutral or intense on the eyes…your choice.  If you only try one trend this season this should be it. Some of my favorite lip colors and textures come from MAC Cosmetics ($15-22)