Adapting your favorite colors for year-round wear, doesn't have to be a hassle. You can darken your berries to burgundies and your cherry reds to brick easily. And you might even be able to repurpose some makeup you already own. Get runway inspiration for wearing this season's hottest hues for the face and nails. It's a full-scale Fall color trend report.
When it comes to achieving a natural makeup look on deeper skin tones, avoid reaching for something too neutral. While it might seem counterintuitive, experiment with shades rich in color to find something that enhances, all while blending seamlessly into the skin. Think of your color palette like your favorite Valentine's Day treats: grab up some roses and chocolates to achieve your most natural look.
- Because deeper skin is often prone to hyperpigmentation, start by blending any lighter spots. For yellowish undertones, correct your light spots with a concealer, set with a powder, and then blend on a foundation that matches your skin tone. Red undertones can skip the correcting and just apply foundation, paying special attention to problem areas.
- Dust on a copper, amber, or tawny bronzer if desired, followed by a rose-colored blush along your cheekbone for a natural flush.
- For eye makeup, soft, chocolate-toned shadows are the perfect way to define. Enhance your lashes by dotting in between them with a felt-tipped liner, and apply a swipe of mascara on the roots to create fullness.
- Accentuate your lips by applying a gloss or lipstick one to two shades darker than your lip tone. Or, keep your lips bare, adding a dab of clear gloss on the middle of your bottom lip for a pop of brightness.
Summer eye palettes are filled with pastels and fluorescents, but now it's time to dim the brights for Fall. In addition to swapping your foundation and lipstick, give your eye makeup a changeup. Check out these eye-catching color pairings to update your shadow collection this season.
The irony of the no-makeup makeup look, one of the bigger trends for Fall, is that it actually requires some makeup to pull it off. So where do you start? Like the models proved at Vera Wang (pictured above), it's best to let your skin tone lead. For fairer-complected ladies, beiges and peaches will be your go-to hues for looking fresh-faced. Learn the tricks and shop the look when you keep reading.
Creating a neutral makeup look for medium skin can be a little tricky because it's necessary to play with color combinations. Unlike fair skin, which can wear a bevy of light colors and still look natural, what may work for one woman with medium tone may not work for another. Dusty pinks and bronzes will be your go-to hues if you have medium or olive skin tone:
- Grab a concealer with a yellow tint to neutralize blemishes and use it only where it's needed. Set with a powder a shade lighter than your skin color.
- Blush will look a little obvious on medium tones, so opt for bronzer instead. Sweep it along your hairline, under your cheekbones, and along your jawline.
- Swipe on an eye shadow with a light bronze color. Line your upper waterline, curl your eyelashes, and apply just one coat of mascara.
- A dusty rose lipstick will look best paired with medium tones. Dab some on, focusing on the fullest part of your lip.
Just like the leaves of Fall, your makeup palette tends to get darker as the weather gets colder. And purple is one of the top colors that signifies the beauty of the season. It's time to pull out the deepest plum and blackberry shades for lips and nails. To violet and beyond, see 17 different ways to wear the cool-toned shade this season.
Brown isn't necessarily the most exciting hue in your makeup palette, but this Fall the somewhat drab color has received a burst of new life. From rich caramel to shimmering coffee, this toasty tone was spotted in top fashion runways ranging from Dior to Rodarte. This neutral hue has replaced black as the smoky eye mainstay. Plus, it is a perfect cooler-weather update to your favorite neutral polishes. Café mocha, anyone?
Winged eyeliner will always be a classic. But if you're looking for something that revolts against the cat-eye craze, then reach for these simple runway designs. Round, square, and barely there are just a few options beyond the iconic eyeliner flick.
1. A Roundabout Way: Instead of doing a wing at the end of your liner, try this oval edge seen at Giorgio Armani (left). The rounded shape is a great way to connect top and bottom liner, and it elongates the eye. Get a rough-and-tumble feeling by smudging the liner with fingers; an imperfect line reads sultry and sexy.
2. Be a Square: To get the modernized block shape seen at Kenzo (top right), draw a boxy outline with liquid liner and fill in. The trick is to align the bottom of your rectangle with the top lash line. Otherwise, your graphic could get buried in the crease.
3. Inside Out: Defining eyes doesn't require loads of eyeliner, as evidenced by the minimalist liner look at Guy Laroche (bottom right). Take on the tight-line technique and keep product on the waterline, honing in on the inner corners. Then, wiggle a soft pencil between lashes to fake fuller fringe. Top off with a berry red lipstick for extra elegance.
At New York Fashion Week, bold brows, minimal makeup, and experimenting with color were all makeup themes for Spring 2013. Whether it's showing off natural, full eyebrows or accenting the eyes with a pop of bright color, here's everything you need to know about these on-trend looks for next season. On Kirbie: Rebecca Taylor.
Australia was the muse for Rodarte's Fall 2012 collection, with a beauty look that mimicked being kissed by the hot Outback sun. Cheeks were tanned with exaggerated blush, while eyes were swept in pink and bronze. Nars national makeup stylist Janice Daoud worked behind the scenes at the show, and re-created the vision on beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson. On Kirbie: Topshop. On Daoud's nails: Thakoon for Nars Nail Polish in Koliary ($18).