Beauty Beat. New York Fashion Week SP/2011 Beauty Trends

September 20, 2010 • Beauty, New York Fashion Week Spring '11

It's the end of another fabulous Fashion Week, and everyone is in recovery. Spring 2011 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at it's new venue, Lincoln Center, brought excitement, anticipation, and of course the glitz and glam. Like every season you can expect the chaos to start backstage with hair and makeup, with key artists giving models the looks for the season. From this season's statement lips, bronzed goddesses, washed out faces, to pops of color, there were trends that were seen throughout the Spring 2011 shows.

Set1(Dian Furstenberg, Nathan Jenden, Jeremy Scott, Sophie Theallet, Ohnie Titel, Lela Rose)

One of the biggest trends this season was a bold lip, from red to coral, lips were in. At Diane von Furstenberg, the look was inspired by von Furstenberg's own Warhol portrait. MAC Key Artist James Kaliardos said, 'The look can be described as "popping pink-orchid-fusia pigment meant to look like Warhol silk-screened lip'. It's a symbol of femininity", he said. To achieve this look, Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta was used followed by Neon Pigment in Magenta Madness for a major day glo lip. At Nathan Jenden and Jeremy Scott, their looks were similar. Cherry red lips were the statement, from inspiration from 'Judy Garland' at Nathan Jenden  to ' Marilyn Monroe meets Debbie Harry' at Jeremy Scott .Cherry Lip Pencil was a key element at both shows

 At Sophie Theallet with Lead Artist Lena Koro for Nars, smokey eyes, and glossy red lips was the look, and the inspiration was 'Mexican singer Chavela Vargas', where color and light was key. Nars Vesuvio Pure Matte Lipstick was used to achieved the bold lip, layered with Nars Triple X Lip Gloss on top. Coral was also used for statement lips, as seen at Ohne Titel, where the look was about an effortless chic but very sporty girl.  Key Artist Gucci Westman's focus was a strong brow, as seen at many shows, as well as the just bitten lip on some of the girls. Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren, and Just Bitten Lip stain in Passion was used to give the bold coral lip. At Lela Rose, there was a Brazilian fashion influence, where hot coral lips, amidst flawless skin and subtle eyes.


 Set2     (Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Doo.Ri, Philip Lim)

Another look seen this season was a more muted look. Lot's of nudes, contouring, and pristine looks. At Proenza Schouler, Key Artist Diane Kendel explained the look as  'muted, with full tomboyish square brows, and a bit of contouring , with a little bit of discolouration under the eyes to give a grungy feel'. Were at Thakoon, she went for 'Golden Luminosity', explained as 'Golden, but not tanned, as if the girls were glowing from within.". At Doo. Ri, there was a similar look that was washed out, and minimal colour, Key Artist Tom Pecheux used Washed Out Cream Shadow(available in 2011), and Blonde Studio Finish Skin Corrector was used over they eyes and lips for a pale effect. At Phillip Lim there was lots of nude lips and sculpted cheeks, led by Lisa Butler for Nars, inspired by youthful elegance. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and Barbarella Lipstick were key items for this show to create the look.  

Set3(Carlos Miele, Donna Karen, Michael Angel, Rodarte)
One of the hottest trends we would expect to see for spring is bronze and metallics. At Carlos Miele, the look was "Brazilian Beach Beauties", where the look was fresh and sunkissed. To achieve this look Maybelline's Mineral Power Bronzer and Cream Eyeshadow and Studio Color Gleam Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Revolution helped achieve this look. At Donna Karen, Key Artist Charlotte Tilbury, inspiration was '1930's Photographs', with a combination of bronze and gold on the eyes, and very matte skin'. One of my favorite paint pots, IndianWoodswas buffed over the eye lids, through the crease, and lower lash line. At Michael Angel the look was pale, pristine, with muted metallics and lots of shimmer. Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Copper Chic, and Color Sensational Cream Gloss in Sandstone, were key products used to achieve the look. At Rodarte, the look was the most extreme of metallic looks. Key Artist James Kaliardos inspiration was 'Northern, Cali, Redwoods, and the Gold Rush of 1849'. Models lips were painted in gold with MAC Pro Rose Gold Metal Pigment and Golden Lemon Pigment. Eyes were also painted with Golden Lemon Pigment and blended into the inner and outer corners.
Set4 (Costelo Tagliapietra, Zac Posen, Peter Som, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera)
It wouldn't be spring without some color! We could see color at Costello Tagliapietra where Key Artist Lisa Butler for MAC channeled a modern 'Mia Farrow from The Great Gatsby'. Root Cream Colour Basewas diffused over the eyelids from lash to the brows. Rosey colors, likeWit Blush Creme and Vintage Rose Cream Colour Base were applied to the cheeks and lips. At Zac Posen and Peter Som yellow was a key color. Peter Som's Key Artist Tom Pecheux took the '60's Iconic Eyeliner but made it fresh by doing yellow instead of black.'MAC Pro Primary Yellow Chromaline was used for this look. At Zac Posen, vivid and dramatic color was key with a bold yellow on eyes and bold color on cheeks, with lots of flirty lashes. Monique Lhuillier, did a '1950's Audrey Hepburn Look'.with an Aeirodynamic eyeliner, that was haute couture, using gilded lilac on the lid, and liner was delicate and soft. At Carolina Herrera, MAC's Key Artist Diane Kendal inspiration was traditional korean costume with floral prints, or photographs of flowers which inspired the brick colored eye. Brick Pencil was used and blended from the lash line to the crease to help achieve this look. Antique Eyeshadow was tapped on top and diffused.
Last but not least was our bold black eye, that was seen at Marc Jacobs and Richard Chai. At Marc Jacobs, the one and only Francois Nars himself keyed the look and was inspired by ' Angelica Houston in the 70's the bleached brows and the deep eyes'. At Richard Chai, the focus was a strong eye, and nude lip, where Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black, and Luxurious Color Matte Kohl Eyeliner in Black Truffle were the key products used to achieve the bold eye.
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