ELLE Magazine: Fall 2012 Beauty Trends

13 Nov

The season’s hottest hair and makeup trends—straight from the runway

By: Emily Hebert / March 13, 2012


Fall 2012 Make-up & Hair Trends

  • Geometric Eyeliner (Make-up)
  • Blunt Bangs (Hair)
  • Dramatic Red Lips (Make-up)
  • Squeaky-Clean Stands (Hair)
  • Color-Blocked Eyelids (make-up)
  • Retro Bouffants (Hair)
  • Sketched Lashes (Make-up)
  • Windswept Hair (Hair)
  • Weathered Cheeks (Make-up)
  • Bold Appliques (Make-up)


Trend: Geometric Eyeliner

Boxy corners, linear lines, and strategically placed dots gave eyes graphic new shapes at Antonio Marras, Altuzarra, Lanvin, Anna Sui, Giorgio Armani, Mugler, and Zac Posen.

Trend Geometric Eyeliner: Antonio Marras

Trend Geometric Eyeliner: Altuzarra

Trend Geometric Eyeliner: Lanvin

Trend Geometric Eyeliner: Anna Sui

Trend Geometric Eyeliner: Giorgio Armani

Trend Geometric Eyeliner: Mugler

Trend Geometric Eyeliner: Zac Posen


Trend: Blunt Bangs

Straight-across fringe added an edge to hairstyles at Marni, Antonio Berardi, Versace, and Elie Saab.

Trend Blunt Bangs: Marni

Trend Blunt Bangs: Antonio Berardi

Trend Blunt Bangs: Versace

Trend Blunt Bangs: Elie Saab


Trend: Dramatic Red Lips

Rouge pouts bordered on goth this season, often taking on a blackened hue at shows like Viktor & Rolf, Christian Siriano, Basso & Brooke, Bottega Veneta, Nina Ricci, Gucci, and Rochas.

Trend Dramatic Red Lips: Viktor & Rolf

Trend Dramatic Red Lips: Christian Siriano

Trend Dramatic Red Lips: Basso & Brooke

Trend Dramatic Red Lips: Bottega Veneta

Trend Dramatic Red Lips: Nina Ricci

Trend Dramatic Red Lips: Gucci

Trend Dramatic Red Lips: Rochas


Trend: Squeaky-Clean Stands

Neatly parted down the center or on the side, hair had mirror-like shine at Christian Dior, Etro, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferretti, and Loewe.

Trend Squeaky-Clean Strands: Christian Dior

Trend Squeaky-Clean Strands: Etro

Trend Squeaky-Clean Strands: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Trend Squeaky-Clean Strands: Alberta Ferretti

Trend Squeaky-Clean Strands: Loewe


Trend: Color-Blocked Eyelids

Pigment swept across lids in perfectly symmetric patterns at Prabal Gurung, Prada, and Roberto Cavalli.

Trend Color-Blocked Eyelids: Prabal Gurung

Trend Color-Blocked Eyelids: Prada

Trend Color-Blocked Eyelids: Roberto Cavalli


Trend: Retro Bouffants

Teased tresses had ’60s flair at Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, DSquared2, and Carolina Herrera.

Trend Retro Bouffants: Moschino

Trend Retro Bouffants: Oscar de la Renta

Trend Retro Bouffants: DSquared2

Trend Retro Bouffants: Carolina Herrera


Trend: Sketched Lashes

Strokes of eye shadow mimicked the look of lashes at Anthony Vaccarello, Derek Lam, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Trend Sketched Lashes: Anthony Vaccarello

Trend Sketched Lashes: Derek Lam

Trend Sketched Lashes: Jean Paul Gaultier


Trend: Windswept Hair

Thanks to loads of styling product, strands had a blown-away effect—no wind tunnel needed—at Vera Wang, Preen, and John Galliano.

Trend Windswept Hair: Vera Wang

Trend Windswept Hair: Preen

Trend Windswept Hair: John Galliano


Trend: Weathered Cheeks

Whether chapped from the cold or tanned by the sun, cheeks had fervent color at Issa, Michael Kors, Rodarte, and A.F. Vandevorst.

Trend Weathered Cheeks: Issa

Trend Weathered Cheeks: Michael Kors

Trend Weathered Cheeks: Rodarte

Trend Weathered Cheeks: A.F. Vandevorst


Trend: Bold Appliques

Fabric, paper, and metallic spikes appeared in unexpected places at Chanel, Miu Miu, Mugler, and Manish Arora.

Trend Bold Appliques: Chanel

Trend Bold Appliques: Miu Miu

Trend Bold Appliques: Mugler


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