Allure Magazine – The Top 10 Fall Makeup Trends for F/W 2012

21 Oct

Smoldering brown eyes, blood-red lips, and après-sex…er, ski cheeks are just a few ways to look amazing this season.

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BLACK CHERRY LIPSTICK

Traditional red lipstick takes a dark and romantic turn this season. The shades are so deep they border on black. Apply the color directly from the tube for the most dramatic effect. And make sure to dust a skin-warming blush or bronzer on your cheeks to avoid getting into creepy vampire territory.
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BROWN SMOKY EYES

Smoky eyes are like necklines—they don’t have to be showy to make an impact. Case in point: the makeup at Burberry and Blumarine, where makeup artists traded in their black pencils and sooty shadows for softer shades of brown and taupe. First, trace along the inner lash lines with a rich espresso brown pencil. Then use a medium-size brush to diffuse a brown shadow from the lashes to the crease. Tap the color on your lids first and use what’s left over on your fingertip to blend.

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GREEN SHADOW

Yes, it’s green. But it’s a rich, sexy, jewel-tone kind of green. Not crunchy or earthy. We first fell in love with the shade at Jason Wu, where models hit the runway with emerald shadow spread over their lids and winged past the outer corners. For a more subtle effect, you can dust lids with gunmetal or charcoal, then press green on top. Either way, finish with tons of black mascara.

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GRAPHIC BLACK CAT-EYES

Warning: This is not liner for the timid. Dramatic swoops and exaggerated shapes painted on with liquids, gels, and pure black pigments characterized the coolest cat-eyes this season. For a night out, we suggest trying the Brigitte Bardot–meets–Cleopatra eyes at Lanvin (you can’t get much sexier than those two). First, draw the outline of the shape you want with black pencil and fill it in with black shadow. For a less intense version, a thick stroke of black liquid liner will do.

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GOLD ACCENTS

Show off your angelic side with delicate touches of gold on the eyes and cheeks. Trace a gold liner around the eyes like at Marchesa, or dust a soft white-gold shadow all over your lids like at both Diorand Dolce & Gabbana. Gold also gives skin a candlelit effect when dabbed on the cheekbones. For fair skin, try a beige-gold, while medium and dark tones should go for something a bit more bronze.

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COBALT-ACCENTED EYES

The cerulean shade dazzled on models at both Stella McCartney and Anna Sui. A small dose is all you need, though: Coat top and bottom lashes with one of fall’s new shocking blue mascaras, or try it in the form of liner. Liquid formulas lend themselves best to a thin, crisp line.

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BRIGHT MATTE LIPS

Superbright lips can often be supercheesy. But not the high-voltage pinks and red we saw on the runways of Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, and Thakoon. Without the slightest bit of shimmer or gloss, they were chic, stylish and all grown up. To achieve maximum coverage—and staying power—swipe on a clear balm, then layer and blot a few coats of lipstick. Keep skin fresh and dewy.

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PICTURE-PERFECT SKIN

No one has a flawless complexion, but with the right amount of coverage and strategic highlighting, you can fake one. The important thing is for skin to not look like an oil slick, so pick a luminizer without too much shimmer or pigment is beautiful and subtle on light skin. Dab it around the outer corners of the eyes and down along the cheekbones. Don’t forget to add a bit in the Cupid’s bow.

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APRÈS-SKI CHEEKS

Whether your cheeks are flushed from a day at the slopes or a night at the lodge, it doesn’t really matter: The illusion of healthy, rosy cheeks is just plain sexy. Stick to cream blushes—they’re easier to build up and diffuse, and they tend to have a translucent quality that allows you to see the natural texture of your skin underneath.

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GROOMED BROWS

Brows look best when they perfectly frame your eyes, and when they’re not pencil-thin (which always looks unnatural). Our best advice for nailing the perfect shape: Put down the tweezers and buy yourself a good brow pencil (try one that’s one shade lighter than your natural color), and if your brows grow quickly, use a tube of clear brow gel to keep them tame between appointments. Experts swear by a clear mascara!

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Beauty Backstage at Lanvin | Fall 2012 Paris Fashion Week PFW | FashionTV

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Allure Backstage: The Look of Anna Sui Fall 2012 with Make-up Artist PAT McGRATH

The hair and makeup at Anna Sui’s fall 2012 runway show was a nod to the 1960s: ponytails with volume and matte, indigo cat eyes.

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Allure Backstage: The Look of Versace Fall 2012

with Make-up Artist PAT McGRATH

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was one of the references for Versace’s fall show. Learn what else inspired the bold smoky eyes and blunt bangs seen on the runway.

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Allure Backstage: The Look of Prada Fall 2012

Intense eye makeup, bleached brows, and streaks of hair extensions created the otherworldly “virtual princess” look at Prada.

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