Fall 10 Beauty Trends
While I'm flirting with loads of potential wardrobe purchases right now┬--like Tucker's perfect pleated skirts, Reed Krakoff's pointy pumps, and a certain olive green Stella McCartney coat┬--I'm already spoken for when it comes to beauty looks. Now, generally speaking, commitment isn't easy for me; I'm the sort of person who likes to mull things over for ages before making any decisions. But my inherently cautious tendencies flew out the window this season because there are so many must-try makeup and hair trends. From sultry charcoal accents to glam-grunge lip colors to '70s-inspired bombshell blowouts, I'm simply mad about the diverse and dynamic options out there for fall.
I'm usually kind of a minimalist when it comes to eye shadow, but then I spotted some uber-sexy smoky eyes on the runways and am now reconsidering my stance. The best reference is the beauty look at DVF┬--I love the tousled hair and totally clean face with the dark metallic shadow┬--but I also adore Leighton Meester's slightly less intense take on the trend too. (Notice how she keeps the color on her lids instead of extending it to her brow bone? It's a good choice for real life.) In addition to your eyes, this color looks so completely current on your nails too. If you were looking for the evolutionary next step from greige or gray nails┬--this is it.
As for the products you need to get your smoke on, I highly recommend checking out CoverGirl's Smoky Shadow Blast Shadow Stick ($8.50) in Silver Sky. (If you're more daring, go for the high-contrast duo Onyx Smoke.) These easy-to-blend shadow sticks are honestly awesome and they smudge in the most perfect way imaginable. Another must-have: the limited edition Dior Smoky Mania Eye Shadow Duo ($38) in Silver Screen, which includes a sparkling black and shimmery silver shade┬--both marvelous. Finally, for your fingertips, I simply swear by Chanel Nail Polish ($23) in Steel. It's the newest hue from the French fashion house and the most gorgeous deep graphite shade ever...better buy it now!
One seasonal certainty is that I'll love Proenza Schouler's latest collection, but while I adore all of fall's cropped coats, babydoll dresses, and pleated skirts (not to mention the invariably killer accessories), I'm obsessed with the beauty look. The deep vampy lip and disheveled hair was the epitome of slacker chic and practically perfect for a stylesetter like Chloe Sevigny.
If you're down with grungy glamour, I'm happy to report that there are a couple of products that are absolutely essential for the look. First and foremost, you have to pick up NARS' Pure Matte Lipstick ($25) in Volga. Not only is the color absolutely ideal for this look, the lipstick itself is brand new and I'm obsessed with the formula, which is soft and smooth. (It also comes in five other flattering colors, so check them out asap!) I also have to give Topshop a shout out for two of their lip products: the Lipstick ($16) in Vamp and the Lip Polish ($12) in Cherry Picker. The former is just what you'd expect┬--a wonderfully dangerous wine color┬--while the latter is a glossier, lighter version with a little sheen.
Regular readers know I'm mad about anything that has a ladylike vibe, so it should come as no surprise that I'm captivated by the bouncy blowouts and neutral, natural makeup shown at Chloe. The slightly '70s, completely polished look is so sexy in an understated and effortless way; I love how it makes a classic red lip and old Hollywood curls look obvious in comparison. Even better: the lovely Drew Barrymore recently rocked her own pseudo-messy version of this trend and the result was unquestionably lovely.
When you're ready to work this universally flattering look, I must insist that you make your life easier by picking up Sultra's The Bombshell Curling Iron ($130). Yes, it's pricey, but this noteworthy curling rod┬--it's just a barrel, there's no annoying clip/clamp to wrestle with┬--gives you lovely, lush curls and is easier and faster than a round brush. Simply make sure to hold the rod horizontally instead of vertically (otherwise you'll end up with beachy waves) and after the curls cool, brush them out with a fine-tooth comb. To keep my hair from looking too perfect, I like to add a smidge of Redken's Structure Wax 17 ($17) to the ends of my hair after curling it; it just gives it a touch of imperfection. Of course, the other component of this look is a natural face, which is easy to achieve with Maybelline's new Eye Studio Cream Eyeshadow Trio ($7) in Neutral Liaisons. The combination of the shadow trio's buttery texture and warm camel colors is simply marvelous and makes it a must-buy!