Archive for September, 2010

The two hottest trends from New York Fashion Week: Red-tinted lips and bright, matte lips

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The two hottest trends from New York Fashion Week: Red-tinted lips and bright, matte lipsNew York Fashion Week has come to a close, and while many fashionistas are still discussing the various collections that were shown, others in the beauty world are still reeling from the countless makeup looks that premiered on the spring 2011 runways. However, given the overwhelming amount of shows, it can be difficult to sort through the hundreds of looks to select the hottest trends for spring makeup.

Luckily, according to, there were a few looks that truly shined, as well as some more outrageous options that truly daring beauty queens may want to dabble in come springtime. "Every season, a few runway beauty looks really blow us away," the website reports. "Our favorites from New York's spring 2011 runways [are] complete with coral eye liner, hot pink lips, and a touch of glitter."

Not surprisingly, there was a huge variety in the eye makeup on display at Fashion Week. From bright yellow lids to very subtle shades, models stalked the runways wearing a range of pigments and shimmers. However, one of the most eye-catching trends may be extremely unexpected – red-hued eye makeup!

"Carolina [Herrara] gave me a picture of flowers," makeup artist Diane Kendal told the news source, who used lip pencils to created a smoky red eye for Carolina's collection. While some may shy away from red on their lids, this look contained more brick and copper pigments, creating a sultry-not-sickly stare.

Youngblood Lip Liner Pencil in Brique is reddish-brown with warm undertones, while Colorescience Lip Pencils are available in Red Brick Road, a rich crimson. Pair with a copper or plum-colored shadow to create a sizzling smoky eye.

Red-tinted lids also ruled the runways of Derek Lam and Narciso Rodriguez, and much like Kendal, the beauty teams used cosmetics designed for other areas of the face.

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux used a mixture of coral lipstick and orange lip liner to achieve the bright-eyed look at the Derek Lam show. "[Derek and I] both just loved the color," Pecheux told the news source of the orange-colored eye makeup. "I'm here to break the rules!"

Women eager to don coral-lined eyes can use a high-pigment lipstick, like Babor Classic Lip Color (which is available in Orange and Coral) and a lip or eyeliner brush to apply a bold streak of color.

At Narciso Rodriguez, beauty expert Dick Page applied a layer of concealer to create an even base and then used rose-colored blush to create a warm yet smoky eye that featured elements of reds, corals and browns. Borghese Blush Milano is available in a variety of warm shades, such as Peach Biscotti and Coral Electrico.

While the eye makeup may have bordered on the extreme, lip color seemed to be a bit more traditional, as bright hues and matte coverage seemed to dominate most models' pouts.

At Diane von Furstenberg, reports that the makeup was inspired by Andy Warhol's silkscreen prints of the designer. "We wanted to do something simple that would reflect Diane's image as well as the clothes from the collection," makeup artist James Kaliardos told the news source. The designer created a lip color he called "orchid-fuchsia."

The models at Marc by Marc Jacobs wore matte, bright-colored smiles as well, as makeup artist Dick Page painted each pout orange. However, women who are worried that they can't pull off such a hue may not need to worry.

"When you're doing a color like this it doesn't become 'oh, will it work with my eyes or my skin or my hair,' it's an accessory on its own," Page told the website. 

Orange lips: trend for spring, great for fall

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Orange lips: trend for spring, great for fallWhile women may have to wait until spring to don the clothes displayed at New York Fashion Week, ladies everywhere can try out the various beauty trends that hit the runways. And, it seems that one look that dominated runways was rocking an orange-colored pout.

"I think a bright lip is an instant lift to any face, so it's an especially fun thing to do for a fashion show," makeup artist Dick Page told

Beauty guru Gucci Westman seemed to agree. "The bright orange adds a freshness to a lot of the whites, greys, silvers mints…It also has a nice futuristic feeling without being too strange," she told the news source. "Very wearable for spring with a squeaky clean face."

And while the trend is posed to be big in spring, those anxious to embrace the citrus tint can do so in autumn – you'll match the bright foliage and you'll be ahead of the curve come springtime.

Babor offers two products that will help any woman create a gorgeous orange-colored pout. Babor Classic Lip Color in Orange, paired with Classic Lip Pencil of the same color, will turn any smile from tame to tangerine.

Gwen Stefani talks new perfumes, classic lipstick

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Gwen Stefani talks new perfumes, classic lipstickOver the past 15 years, Gwen Stefani has transformed from a bindi-wearing, blue-haired ska diva into a glamorous style icon. The mother of two recently spoke to about her new role as a perfumer and, of course, her infamous red lipstick.

“People were asking me for years if I would have a fragrance – and I’d be like, ‘I’m in a band, why would I have a fragrance? Why would I have a fragrance named after me, it’s silly, why do people do that?’ It never clicked. But now being able to do a line and have fragrance and have clothes, it’s all part of the layers you wear, and it makes more sense,” Stefani told the news source.

While Stefani has a successful clothing line and a slew of number one hits, she may be most known for her painted pout.

“I don’t always wear red lipstick – people think they see me every day, but they don’t! I change it up. But my husband really loves the red, so I keep the red because I want to keep the husband,” the No Doubt frontwoman joked.

While her fragrances won’t be available until November, ladies looking to emulate Stefani’s style may want to pick up a bold red lipstick, like Borghese B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Carnevale Red.

Neutral makeup rules the runway at Thakoon show

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Neutral makeup rules the runway at Thakoon showWhile many of the runways of New York Fashion Week have been packed with models who are painted with brightly colored makeup, the ladies at the Thakoon show boasted surprisingly natural-looking faces and easygoing hairstyles.

"It’s neutral taupe with pops of gold," makeup artist Diane Kendal told Allure magazine. "Thakoon wanted the girls to look strong without there being any hard lines."

According to the news source, the beauty team achieved this look by mixing bronzer and blush to create contours at the cheeks, and using brown eyeliner pencils to define eyes.

However, the team did add a pop of color to the looks with strategically placed gold highlighter on the top of the cheekbones and above the eyebrows. "It gives that glowing from within look," Kendal added.

Women interested in opting for neutral-yet-glowing makeup can do so by using products from Babor. The brand offers the perfect mix of items, such as Summer Bronze SPF 12, Powder Blush and Golden Shimmer Powder, to create a flawlessly contoured face, as well as Classic Eye Pencil in Brown to subtly emphasize eyes.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19941570-ADNFCR

Welcome fall with rich-colored makeup on your lower lash line

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Welcome fall with rich-colored makeup on your lower lash lineWhile eye makeup tends to be a bit darker once summer ends, don’t resign yourself to a palette of blacks and browns just yet. Instead, add a burst of color to your look by applying a richly hued pigment in an unexpected area – your lower lash line.

Some of Hollywood’s hottest stars have embraced this trend and rocked some seriously stylish eyeliner. At the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Easy A, Emma Stone wore cobalt liner beneath her lower lashes, which made her eyes both pop and smolder – an alluring combination!

Jennifer Connelly rocked a similar look at the What’s Wrong With Virginia? premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, however the brunette beauty opted for smoky purple liner instead.

Rich-colored eye makeup on your lower lash line is a great way to infuse your look with a bit of color without going overboard, and the hint of pigment is sure to encourage folks to do a double take.

Too Faced Metal Eyed Liner is available in a variety of rich shades perfect for autumn, such as Twilight (navy), Get Lucky (forest green) and Plum Crazy (aubergine), and the metallic formula will reflect light and help your eyes sparkle.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19941586-ADNFCR

Makeup faux-pas that are okay for fall

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Makeup faux-pas that are okay for fallWhile some of fall’s beauty trends may not seem so surprising – jewel tones are favored over pastels, bright pouts give way to bold-colored lips – there are a few autumn makeup tips that may shock you, as they are often thought to be major faux-pas.

According to, one of the hottest looks this season is too dust eyes with a bright-colored shadow and then paint your pout with a contrasting shade. "A simple stroke of the unexpected looks really modern," makeup artist Robert Greene told the news source. Daring divas can try pairing green eye makeup with cranberry-stained lips, or purple shadow with bronze pouts.

Though it seems that experts speak about the dangers of matching your makeup to your ensemble, a little bit of coordination may be quite flattering in fall. Instead of covering your face in tones that go with your threads, simply select a hue from your ensemble and slick on a lipstick of the same color.

However, there are some colors to avoid, regardless. According to the website, it’s "best to stick with timeless reds or rich, deep tones – steer clear of bubblegum pinks and frosty hues, which could push the look into costume territory."

From eyeshadows to lipsticks, Jane Iredale offers a wide range of products in a plethora of colors, perfect for trying out the latest fall trend.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19941080-ADNFCR

Makeup expert Tom Pecheux reveals secrets behind a flawless bold lip look

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Makeup expert Tom Pecheux reveals secrets behind a flawless bold lip lookAs the summer brights start to fade away (and the lights of spring are officially a thing of the past), women across the country may soon begin to dabble in the richer tones synonymous with fall. And while some ladies opt for emerald-colored smoky eyes, other gals prefer to paint their pouts a deep shade of ruby.

For those women who have been anxiously awaiting autumn’s bold lips, makeup guru Tom Pecheux recently spoke to about the best tricks to utilize when creating a deep-colored pout.

"If you’re going to do a bold lip, you should do it first, before the eyes and the cheeks," Pecheux told the news source, adding that the color will set the tone for the rest of your look and will help you refrain from applying too much makeup.

The artist then recommended that women add emphasis to their eyes with mascara, navy liner and a very minimal amount of shadow, as pigment on the lids can distract from long lashes.

"[Navy is] a nice surprise as opposed to black," he told the website, explaining that there is a simple way to achieve a flawlessly applied winged eyeliner. "Don’t follow the shape of your top lid, follow your bottom."ADNFCR-3538-ID-19940342-ADNFCR

Expert makeup advice for redheads

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Expert makeup advice for redheadsFrom Rihanna to Hayley Williams, it seemed that red hair was all the rage at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Undoubtedly, these stylish stars will inspire gals across the country to dye their strands a special shade of scarlet. Ladies who want to sport crimson-colored locks should keep in mind that they may need to pick up cosmetics in brand new hues as well.

According to, makeup artist Troy Surratt, who has worked with Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Jennifer Lopez, suggests that women with auburn locks balance their hair color with full, red lips. And, because natural redheads tend to have fair skin with cool undertones, Surratt recommends using a blue-toned shade.

"A hint of rosy or peachy cheeks complements red hair," Surratt told the news source, adding that redheads should avoid bronzers. "That kind of warm, bronzy color doesn’t occur on cool, fair skintones. It looks unnatural. With copper skin and copper hair, you run the risk of looking all one color."

Finally, women should remember to subtly define lashes and eyebrows, especially if their hair is fair to begin with. If lashes are naturally dark, Surratt recommends a jet-black mascara, but suggests that those with light lashes opt for a black-brown mascara, as pure black can be too harsh.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19940318-ADNFCR

Could yellow eyeshadow be the star of spring 2011?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Could yellow eyeshadow be the star of spring 2011?While the temperatures begin to drop and leaves are starting to turn, women across the country are filling up their cosmetic cases with the freshest makeup for fall. But, thanks to New York Fashion Week, which kicked off last week, some analysts are already predicting the beauty trends for spring 2011.

And it seems that the forecast for this May’s makeup is pretty sunny – literally! A multitude of models rocked the runways with lemon-colored eyeshadow.

According to, three different collections featured women with yellow-painted lids, and as you may expect, some of the looks were quite extreme. The most notable show may have been Zac Posen, where eyes were outlined with bold black liner and mascara, and filled in with bright yellow powder.

However, not all looks were so out there. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who painted the faces for Peter Som and Doo.Ri, created more subtle applications. Models at Peter Som boasted a striking banana-hued liner, which provided a burst of color similar to the Zac Posen makeup, but without the added drama of the exaggerated black liner.

But perhaps the most wearable look was featured at Doo.Ri, where Pecheux opted for minimal makeup on the models, simply dusting the inside corner of their eyes with a bit of yellow eyeshadow. Women who are eager to try this trend can forgo liner and add definition with a coat of dark brown mascara.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19939693-ADNFCR

Women can wear men’s fragrances

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Women can wear men's fragrancesWith a new season approaching, it’s not uncommon for women to put down their previously worn perfumes in favor of a fresh fragrance. And, now that autumn is almost here, ladies may be looking for a brand new scent.

Instead of shopping solely in the women’s department, however, why not dabble in the world’s of men’s fragrances? According to industry experts, the idea may not be that out-there.

“It’s like wearing your boyfriend’s shirt or his Rolex,” industry expert Frédéric Malle told Allure magazine. “The paradox is that it makes a woman more feminine.”

Designer (and perfumer) Tom Ford agrees. “Ultimately, choosing a scent is personal and primal, and should be decided not by gender, but by inhaling and asking, ‘Does it smell good to me? Does it smell good on me?'” he told the news source.

Women looking for a masculine fragrance have a plethora of options available to them, including scents from Tom Ford’s line, such as Grey Vetiver For Men Eau de Parfum Spray, which contains notes of grapefruit, sage and woods.

Ladies can also spritz on Armani Code For Men Eau de Toilette Spray before they head out the door. The fragrance boasts hints of citrus and olive tree blossom.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19939019-ADNFCR