2. Red Classics
Red lips are a staple trend that signals the end of summer and cooler weather approaching. Red lipstick has a way of exuding confidence, sexiness and a leading lady quality. This season however was all about creating more of a bad-girl image using this colour than a feminine classic. The key is exact precision in the application. It can seem tricky but with a trusty lip-brush and a sharp pencil in a similar colour, you can master this in no time. Try lining the lips first to create the outline and then fill in with the lipstick using your lip-brush. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo is a great red choice.
3. Teased out
Seems volume and the sixties look still has an impact this fall season but with a slightly messy take. Stylists created height and volume by backcombing the hair to oblivion and using oodles of hairspray to create the messy bouffants. Think glamorous Hitchcock heroine styles. Odile Gilbert’s messy twists were created by going for “Upper East Side girls who just don’t care” at Peter Som.
4. Boyish Charm
This look screams androgyny from the minimal makeup to the boyish hairstyles. The hair is designed to deliver a masculine/feminine look with extreme parts and slicked-down boyishly primped styles. At Dolce and Gabbana, the hairstyles looked like they were straight out of Grease, opting for boyish pompadours at the crown pulled tight along the ears even mimicking sideburns. Makeup was simple with strong brows and lip balm.
5. Bold Brows
Lighter bleached brows have finally made an exit and the return of the full power brow is back in full force. If eyes are the windows to the soul then eyebrows act as the frame. This season is all about creating a bolder edgier appearance with the brow. At Alexander Wang, Kendal, working for M.A.C, filled in brows in a straight line with brown shadow. “We’re not following the natural arch; we’re making them really full and straight,” he said. “It’s a little more boyish, which is much more an Alexander Wang girl.”
6. Bad Girl Ponytail
This fall some of the most memorable hair looks were ponytails. Not your average girl next-door types but rather sexy styles created to emulate loose bedhead versions to naughty severe dominatrix type ponytails. Ponies were high and perfectly polished at Marc Jacobs, where Palau channeled the strict style of a dominatrix. “It’s a perfection that is sort of perverse, uptight and shrink-wrapped in a way,” he explained. The hair master pulled hair up to towering heights, secured it with an elastic band and wrapped it with a piece of hair before flat ironing the entire tail.
7. Neutral Nails
This spring we saw persistent nail art and bolder brighter colour lacquers on the runway, even graphic designs but before long, we have noticed a change towards a softer appearance. Nails are more neutral and it started at Marc Jacobs before transferring to Yves Saint Laurent, with the house’s own La Laque No. 14, Transparent Pink. This compliments the more boyish looks we have seen in all areas of beauty this season.
8. Mod Liner
The sixties trend trickled into everything this season from spidery style lashes to teased bouffant hair and sex-kitten cat eyeliner. Models had tons of mascara piled on their lashes to compliment the big hair and oodles of eyeliner seen on the runway. At Moschino, Estée Lauder artist Pecheux created a sexy black-winged eye that referenced the cat eyeglasses worn on the runway. “It’s a combination of ’60s high-society Irving Penn and the winged shape of the eyeglasses. Some girls are actually wearing glasses, but all of them have them mimicked in the shape of the eye makeup.”
9. Metallic Metals
Fall trends just don’t seem complete without a reference to metallics in some form. Most makeup artists agree this is the best way to make your eyes pop when the colours of the season turn darker and richer. There were many different shades of gold and pewter but silver was the most dominant colour of choice this season. At Derek Lam, Tom Pecheux, creative makeup director for Estée Lauder, adorned a flawless face with a graphic silver eye inspired by the minimalistic lines of the designer’s clothes. Using tones such as platinum and chrome “the eyes are shimmery, but done in a very sharp way,” said Pecheux. “I wanted to create a very minimal but feminine, luxurious and powerful face.”
10. Hair “Dressing”
Hairstylists have been very innovative with hair accessories this season, adorning hair with everything from feathers to jewels and even simple barrettes. Redken creative consultant Guido Palau elevated the Goody barrette to a regal status at McQueen, when he covered entire heads with the silver and black hair clips to look like helmets. “I took inspiration from old paintings of women going into battle and different helmets from the Middle Ages, representing a very strong, confident woman,” said Palau. At Thakoon, Odile Gilbert took inspiration from the vibrant colours of the Masai-themed collection and spun bits of knitted wools throughout updos to create a basket-weave effect. She imprinted twisted updos at Jason Wu with gold leaf for an opulent effect. “The 24-karat gold leaf is shaped like a feather, echoing the gold accents and feathers from the collection,” she said. “It’s elegantly chic.”
Please comment and share what your favorite trends are at the moment this season!