Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’11 Beauty Trends Wrap-Up

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February 23, 2011 • Beauty, New York Fashion Week Spring '11, Yahoo

We made it through another New York Fashion Week! While it may be too early to proclaim what makeup looks we will be wearing for the fall, the shows did have a few common beauty looks on the runway. Here are some of the trends we saw at many the shows at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011:

Trend: Clean, flawless, glowy skin; with golds, creams, and taupes/camels

Most of wish we could wake up looking as ethereal and flawless as some of the models seen on this season's catwalk, and for most will take effort. At Erin Fetherston, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, and Carmen Marc Valvo, the looks were very fresh, soft and subtle. We could hear "dessert goddess" thrown around at shows like Zero + Maria Cornejo and and "ethereal goddess" at Erin Fetherston, where models were layered, in glowy creams, golds, taupe and camel palettes, which made for a beautiful angelic look. One of my favorite looks could be seen backstage at Erin Fetherston, where M•A•C's Lucia Pica wanted to create skin that was very glowy, shimmery and soft. For the skin, she used Face and Body Foundation; Luminous Highlights; Shell Cream on cheeks; with Pink Opal Pigment powdered lightly with prep and prime powder, with Pro Mixing Medium "Shine" to add glossy texture to the face.


Trend: Tribal Colors; reds and oranges, cream colors

At shows like Thakoon, Donna Karen and Yoana Baraschi, color was back, but more of jewel-toned colors. At Thakoon, Dian Kendal drew inspiration from the "Rococo period and the style of the Masai tribe in Africa." To keep the tribal opulence, models eyes were rimmed in red shadow, and lips were kept bare and muted. At Donna Karen, Charlotte Tilbury took inspiration from "Tippi Hedren with a modern twist," where eyes were layered with orange/caramel colors, with M•A•C Pro Mid-Toned Sepia Cream Colour Base and blended to a halo effect. At Yoana Baraschi, Make Up For Ever, Key Artist Lottie, wanted to compliment the designers' bold, glossy, jewel toned collection, and gave the models red, glossy, two-toned eyes. We may not all be going out with cream colored eyes, however the look is refreshing for a fall/winter palette. 

Trend: Smokey Eye; greys, browns, plums/purples

If there is one trend we can predict for the fall/winter season, that would be a smokey eye. However, there is never the same take on the smokey eye at any one show. At Rag & Bone Revlon's Artist Director Gucci Westman created and effortless urban look, where it was her version of an "urban Eskimo", using lots of creams, liners and smokey liners in blackest black. At Monique Lhuiller and Vera Wang the smokey eye were not done in the traditional black but in beautiful deep greys, purples and plums. At Monique Lhuiller, M•A•C's Val Garlen took inspiration from photgrapher Irvin Penn's work, and wanted to create a "fierce take" on the photographer's portraits. She used M•A•C's latest palette for a "lunge of plum on the lid, with black on the outside" and then made the eyes pop with white pencil. At Jason Wu, Diane Kendal for M•A•C Cosmetics was inspired by Robert Polidori's book "Parcours Museologique Revister," which details the soaring architecture and style of Versailles. The look was a dramatic smoky blue eye, where eyeliner was used as a base on the top and bottom lids, with darker powder shadow later brushed over as a topcoat to intensify the shade.

Trend: Bold Lip; Reds and Burgundy (Lipsticks and Stains)

Another trend that never goes out of style, and we could almost predict so see at a few shows, is the classic red/burgundy lip. This is an intense red or burgundy or just a muted stained burgundy or a touch of red. We could see this look at shows such as Diane Von Furstenburg, where James Kaliardos inspiration was the "Independent American Woman", channeling Gloria Vanderbilt and Diana Vreeland. His key product was M•A•C's Runaway Red Lipstick and Cherry Lip Pencil. At Carolina Herrera, it was about a gorgeous flawless face and perfectly stained lips. M•A•C's Diane Kenal added to the the models lips, Prince Noir Lipstick, patted lightly on top lips for a sheer stain. At Luca Luca Revlon's Gucci Westman, created a fresh modern look, that paired a contoured eye with a strong red lip. It was her vision of a "forest fairytale, with a fresh modern girl on an adventure." To achieve the look she used. Revlon Color Stay Lipliner in Red, and Matte Lipstick in Really Red. At Lela Rose, Stila Artist Sarah Lurcero wanted "Old Hollywood with a sexy, vampy edge." "The lips are kind of a maroon-merlot-blackberry mix," and to create the look she used Stila's Long Wear Lip Color in Daring.

—Kelley Woods for Second City Style

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