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Trends: Fall ’14 makeup tips to try

Versace

You’ve got your oversize knits on standby and your knee-high boots on set to march, but what about your cosmetics case? There are plenty of ah-mazing makeup looks trending for fall right now, from blushed up cheeks to dramatic eye makeup and beyond. Here’s a sneak peek at the face paint you’ll be playing with when the seasons start to change.

Gucci

The September issues we cooed over yesterday aren’t the only ones smitten with the 60′s. It seems the hottest fall 2014 makeup trends are equally hip to the look, offering up Gucci F/W ’14 doe eye look as evidence. Think top and bottom lashes lush with mascara and even double falsies to create that sexy Bardot Bambi look. Paired with a nude lip to accentuate your fluttery eye fringe, this look plays mod and modern all at the same time.

Gucci

Whether you’re faking them with brow pencil or blessed with a big bushy set, big eyebrows continue to be a bold statement for fall 2014. So keep your tweezers tucked in the drawer and invest in a good clear brow setting gel to keep your brows bold and all business.

Prada

Lip color loses definition for autumn in favor of a softer, smokier look. The runways of Giorgio Armani and Prada each played up this look by favoring diffused color and eschewing lip liner to create a “kissed off” look that’ll have you reaching for your blotting papers.

Balenciaga

Contouring will continue it’s reign but in a much softer, less-Kardashian style, favoring toned down beiges and neutrals to gently sculpt and highlight features in a natural way.

Giles

And keep that blue eyeliner and shadow on hand, as Spring’s flattering cobalts and a more fall appropriate navy are perfect hues to highlight your peepers and still look sleek and decidedly grown up. Check the runways of Giles, Anna Sui and Temperley London for your cues.

 

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Tips To Try: Grown-up Glittery eyeshadow

Before you poo-poo today’s makeup to-do, you might want to reconsider the of-the-moment merits of your former school-girl cosmetics case. You know the one… chock full of glittery eye makeup? From runways to red carpets, glittery eyeshadows are back managing to look glamorous and grown-up in one fell swoop. Swipe on an ethereal sheer sparkling white or pink for the almost bare look or paint on a lashes to brow burnished metallic shade (to accompany your summer tan), and pair either with luminous skin and a nude lip — glittery shadows are a great way to emphasize your eyes and your trendsetting style at the same time. If you’re looking for an even bolder look, try a cobalt glittery blue or green — two of the season’s hottest shades, and a perfect pick for that poolside cocktail hour.

 

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Spring’s New Hue: Nude Lipstick

We’ve all been busy painting our pouts in spring’s bold orange and red lipsticks, but while we were sleeping, another lipstick trend has snuck in the backdoor. A nude hued lip is making waves on a host of fashionable kissers, from celebrity—like Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba and Kate Winslet—to runway—Pucci, Cavali and Michael Kors—and it’s giving the brightly painted lip a run for its money.

Of course not every shade of barely there lipstick was created equal, particularly when it comes to choosing the right one for your skin tone. A too-dark nude will look more brown against a porcelain complexion, whereas a too light hue will leave you looking like a corpse. So instead of picking up whatever nude hue first catches you eye, here are some tips for choosing the perfect nude lipstick for your skin tone.

Alabaster skinned ladies like Christina Hendricks should opt for dusty baby pink versions of the trend, preferably in sheer formulas with a bit of shine, while fair skinned gals like Emma Stone can turn to rosy-beige hues to add warmth. Light skinned ladies with olive undertones like Kate Mara should also stick to warmer-tones with the option of veering towards a beige or pink palette with more opaque formulas which won’t cancel out their lips entirely. Olive skin with warmer undertones should look for nude lipsticks in caramel-tones, preferably in a shade that’s darker than the skin, while cool toned olive skin like Lea Michele’s can go darker or lighter without making the lips disappear. Mocha skin tones like Rihanna look best when they pair their nude lip with a glossy, gold-flecked formula, and gals with dark skin tones like Lupita N’yongo want to add definition to their nude hue with elements of bronze for warmth and definition.

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Practically perfect spring trends to try

From hairstyles to skincare and manicures to makeup, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that spring 2014 is blooming with beauty trends. Seen on runways and red carpets and emulated in countless street style photos, the most popular of-the-moment looks juxtapose each other and aren’t all that difficult to pull-off. So let’s take a peek at some of the best beauty trends for the season—it seems this year, there’s at least one for everyone.

Possibly the prettiest look is au natural, as in the “no-makeup” look. Now we all know that “no-makeup” doesn’t necessarily mean no makeup. Instead it means that enhancing a lady’s existing beauty—clear skin, minimal eye makeup, and a hint of color on the cheeks and lip. Seen on the runways of Michael Kors and Milly, the “no-makeup” look is equal parts healthy and pretty, and a universal winner on any skin tone.

Of course, you’ll also have noticed (and how could you not) the resurgence of the opposite end of the spectrum—a bold pop of colored eyeliner. Cool tones like blue, green, and purple are just enough to play striking and subtle at the same time. This look was a big winner at Marc Jacobs S/S 14 runway and was also seen at Giles F/W 14 and on Chanel’s Cruise collection catwalk.

Au natural hair is also playing a big part in the less-is-more arena, looking unfussy, undone, and positively pretty at the same time. Letting your curls and waves do their thing is big for spring, adding just the right amount of polish by minimizing frizz with a mist of hair oil or leave in conditioner.

Au natural hair looks equally easy in a braid. Fishtail, french, cornrows, messy and neat, braids are big this season.

An orange lip is a big ”Do” for spring 2014, and is universally flattering. Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman, who sent girls down the runway at Rag & Bone with tangerine lips, had this to say about this season’s most popular hue, “It works on all skin tones.” Glossy and creamy orange lipsticks do wonders to liven up a look, while matte tone down the look, but are equally as pretty.

And finally, be sure to take advantage of all the pretty and metallic hot nail hues for spring. Pastel polishes like pink, blue, green, and even yellow are popping up everywhere, and nothing sets off pretty tanned toes than a metallic gold, silver or bronze pedicure.

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