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Trend Alert: Spring 2012 NYFW Trend Round-Up

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New York Fashion Week is officially over. Off to London, MIlan and Paris for more fashion, more makeup and more hair. But first, let us reflect on the top Spring 2012 NYFW trends that we are bound to see next year.

From the wearable (a bold lip) to the not-so-wearable (greasy hair), here is a round up of the hair and face trends to come:

Greasy Hair – Not that you’d ever actually want to leave your home with your strands in this condition, but it seems like many runways boasted the “unwashed” hair look this season. Proenza Schouler (pictured), Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung are three of them.

The Bun – The bun is definitely a runway staple as it allows for the focal point to be the makeup and, of course, the clothes. This season, the bun took on a few different forms. There was the apres-swim bun at Sophie Theallet and the ballerina bun at Bibhu Mohapatra (pictured), to name two.

The Pony – The ponytail is another common runway style because it keeps the hair off of the face and away from the designs. But ponytails can take on so many different forms (as Spring 2012 has proven). A few examples: The messy pony at Charlotte Ronson, the low-slung, loose pony at Reed Krakoff (pictured), the modern, sleek pony (secured with a barrette rather than a rubber band) at Ports 1961 and a fashion-forward, semi-braided, sleek low pony with an exagaratted side part at Marchesa.

Bold Lip – A colorful, vibrant lip is a Spring staple and next Spring will, once again, see this trend. From bright orange to bright pink, shows like Prabal Gurung (bold berry/pink), Betsey Johnson (bright hot pink; pictured) and Jason Wu (creamy orange) displayed this trend to perfection.

Glowing, Dewy Skin – Skin seems to take on a very dewy, almost sweaty look. The inspiration for many of these faces is “sporty, athleticism.” Cynthia Rowley, Mandy Coon, Phillip Lim, Preen (pictured) Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs.

Glossy Eyes – From fresh-eyed to black-lined, glossy eyes are going to be big come Spring 2012. Mara Hoffman (pictured) showed a greasy black liner with a glossy, gilded eye, L’Wren Scott did a glossy lid for a “deconstructed” look and Luca Luca did a glossy eye with a subtle pop of purple color.

Thick, Dark Brows – Overly thick, dark, accentuated brows (a.k.a. strong brows) are what’s next for your arches — so start growing them now. To darken, you can use dye for a permanent look or try a deep brown or black pencil for the dramatic effect without the commitment. Joseph Altuzarra (pictured) is the perfect example of this trend. Other shows that opted for the thick brow and/ or dark brow are Mara Hoffman, Daryl K and Oscar de la Renta.

Bronzed Complexion – This isn’t your average tanned glow, the bronzed complexion of Spring 2012 is an overall golden shimmer. Shows like L’Wren Scott, Michael Kors and Doo.Ri (pictured) are perfect examples of this trend.

What trend will you be wearing come next Spring?

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Favorites: NY Spring Fashion Week 2012 Beauty Looks Part 2

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Now that NYFW Spring 2012 is officially over, it’s time to reminisce on our favorite hair and makeup looks from the second half of the week. Runways were sporting everything from Country Barbie-inspired hair to Amy Winehouse-inspired lids.

MAKEUP TREND – We tended to see a lot of strong brows and glowing, dewy skin.

HAIR TREND – We still see that greasy, unwashed hair trend and a variety of ponytails take center stage for ‘do of the season.

Daryl K, the face – Uzo, the NARS International Lead Makeup Artist, opted for strong brows, contoured cheeks, glowing skin and natural lips. The makeup is minimal save for the blush which is very important to this look. It’s prevalent without being overpowering, but it adds a nice feminine touch.

Definitely wearable and easy to achieve.

Marc Jacobs, the face – The fabulous Francois Nars of Nars painted the faces of the girls (he is responsible for the Marc Jacobs makeup every season) with the inspiration of Amy Winehouse, Patsy Klein and Cowboy Kate. Focal point is on the eyes: major lashes and liner. In fact, the face is free of blush and the lips are left nude. It really does remind me of a cleaned up Amy Winehouse.

Wearable, perhaps not very Spring-like.

Reed Krakoff, the hair – Guido, Redken Creative Consultant constructed a lose, low, feminine pony. It frames the face, giving it a soft feel. Hair is beautifully straight, shiny and healthy. By securing the pony with a leather tie and allowing the front pieces to fall around the face, the look is updated.

Very wearable, very easy, very Spring.

Jeremy Scott, the hair – Wella Professionals’ Global Creative Director, Eugene Soulieman created quite the ‘do. Inspired by “Country Barbie,” the style is really two looks in one. First, there are the pigtails – both girlie and cute. Second, there is the high buffont in the front, adding a bit of elderly Western sass. I’m quite into the big hair and the Barbie reference (although I’d only wear it on Halloween or to a western-themed party!).

Not wearable but very creative and fun.

L’Wren Scott, the face – Lancôme’s Artistic Director for Makeup Aaron De Mey opted for the shimmering bronzed complexion with hints of bronze on lips and eyes and bronzed, contoured cheeks. This is sure to be a trend come Spring 2012. It’s more than sun kissed, this face has the look of a golden glow. I’m also digging the thick and shapely strong brows. A few very important Spring trends on this face.

Wearable and beautiful.

The Blonds, the face – I am obsessed with this face although it is totally unwearable. Kabuki for MAC really played up the eyes and eyeliner. He said it is a bit Raquel Welch, a Ursula Andress and Barbara Eden. It’s a strong, feminine look that pays homage to past sex symbols by over accentuating the eyes with a flirty and seductive cat eye.

Unwearable but inspiring.

Oscar de la Renta, the face – One of my favorite looks from the second half of fashion week, this face is very Spring-esque, feminine, a bit flirty and very romantic. Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, gives us the perfect, pretty Spring face, suitable for a walk through the fields (what fields? I’m daydreaming of strawberry fields…). Cheeks are rosy, skin is dewy, lips are natural. The entire face uses a pastel color palette (peach and nudes) while playing up that no-makeup-makeup look.

Very wearable and tres Spring.

What were your favorite beauty looks from NYFW Spring 2012?

Get The Look: Temperley, London Fashion Week 2011

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I LOVE THIS LOOK! And I have such a girl crush on Gucci Westman. She’s major when it comes to makeup artists!

Now THIS is how you do a smoky eye and red lip!!!

Gucci, Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, created this strong, successful woman for the Temperley runway show in London last weekend. It’s so red-carpet magic, I hope some of the A-list Oscar celebs take notice and rock it come Sunday! And it’s drugstore affordable!

Here are the deets:

INSPIRATION: “Alice Temperley is a stylish, successful woman. She was the perfect inspiration and loves a red lip. I also wanted to compliment the beautiful muted palette of the collection and the Venetian theme, so I created a confident bright red lip using Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm and a strong purple smoky eye. I love the combination of red and purple for a look that is chic, expensive and powerful”

‘Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm’ in Flame, $8.99
Matte Lipstick in Really Red, $7.99

Customeyes Mascara in Blackest Black, $8.99
ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black, $7.39
ColorStay 12H Eye Shadow Quad in Sunrise Sunset, $6.99
ColorStay 12H Eye Shadow Quad in Steel Impressions, $6.99
Luxourious Color Eyeliner in Black, $9.99

PhotoReady Concealer, $10.99
PhotoReady Powder, $12.99
PhotoReady Foundation, $13.99
Revlon Matte Blush in Berry Rich, $9.79

The Nails Of NYC Fashion Week 2011

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So, we’ve seen an overload of the hair and makeup at this week’s NYC fashion week, but what about the nail trends?

Companies like CND and Dashing Diva are all over the catwalk with Spring/ Summer’s must-have creations….

Here’s a look at what’s to come on our tips:

At Jen Kao, CND nails by Kristina Estabrooks were inspired by organic, living things in the swampy depths of nature. Long, almond shape nails were based with Gold Chrome and Midnight Sapphire, and accented with drops of Gold Pearl, Iced Blue Shimmer, and Midnight Sapphire for a psychedelic stained glass effect. An almost aquatic quality took hold to match mind-bogglingly twisted hair, green metallic eye shadow and glittery bronze brows.

Jason Wu’s majestic, baroque nails were out in full force – Roxanne Valinoti created gilded burgundy manicures using Dark Ruby layered with Bloodline, and gilded with Gold Chrome smile lines. These manicures matched slicked back ponytails with a flash of gold leaf (CND). 

At Tibi, Pattie and her team created neon pink French manicures for models to accent the designer’s hot pink accessories (Dashing Diva).

At Imitation, Pattie used Dashing Diva’s Date Night polish for a classic red nail look, requested by the designer, Tara Subkoff.

Celebrity nail technician Pattie Yankee and the Dashing Diva nail tech team worked backstage and created glitter nails for models at the Jeremy Scott show.

Trend Forecasting: New York Fashion Week S/S 2011

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New York Fashion Week is literally days away and I thought it would be educational to start off the festivities with a forecast of trends to come. With this in mind, I asked Daniel Martin, Lancome makeup artist who will be working his magic at the Chris Benz show next Monday, for his take on the top 5 trends we are bound to see on the runway come Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Here’s what Daniel had to say:

1.      Eye shadows are back—We’ve seen lips for so long, women will experiment with their eyes again, especially with the use color!  Either it be a turquoise or aubergine shadow palettes (like Lancôme’s 5 Pan Palettes in Teal Fury and Mauve Chérie) or a bright colored eyeliner, the focus will be all eyes!

2.      Luminized skin—Skin will be radiant with shimmer creating a lit-from-within effect.

3.      Sheer pop of color on the mouth—Rather than lipstick, sheer textures with clear color will make an impact.

4.      Sculpted eyes and cheeks—You’re going to see “strength” on the face. More emphasis on accenting and accentuating, rather than intense color.

5.      “NO Makeup” makeup—Modern and very 90’s, we’ll see a lot more monochromatic color for fall. Case in point, Emma Stone’s makeup at the Golden Globes (pictured). Fresh with matching cheek, lip and eye colors harmonizing the entire look.


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If you’re unaware, the 2011 Spring/ Summer Haute Couture Shows just wrapped in Paris. This is when designers showcase those exceptionally gorgeous but highly overpriced clothing that .05 percent of the population can afford. In preparation for New York 2011 Spring/ Summer Fashion Week (February 10th), I thought it would be fun to take a look at the faces of Chanel’s Haute Couture Beauty….

Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Make Up used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

Skin prepared with HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin

The Complexion   VITALUMIERE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE  Natural Finish Loose Powder
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen

The Eyes  EXCLUSIVE CREATION OMBRE ESSENTIELLE in Gris Exquis (available July 2011)
EXCLUSIVE CREATION OMBRES TISSÉES in Beiges (available July 2011)
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ebène
CRAYON SOURCILS (available July 2011)

The Cheeks  EXCLUSIVE CREATION OMBRES TISSÉES in Beiges (available in July 2011)            JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Pétale

The Lips  SOIN TENDRE LÈVRES Hydrating Lip Treatment
EXCLUSIVE CREATION ROUGE COCO SHINE in Royallieu (available in July 2011)

The Nails  LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Tendresse

GIRL CRUSH: Rebecca Hall

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I loved her in Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona and I hope to love her just as much in Ben Affleck’s The Town. Rebecca Hall is SO smoking she’s practically on fire.

While doing press for her newest flick, Rebecca showed off a medley of different looks, from curly hair to straight, red lips to nude lips, but my favorite look comes from the Toronto Film Festival (pictured). The actress chose to wear her hair straight and to pair her red dress with a subtle eye and nude lip. It’s all very natural and sophisticated yet somehow still manages to be very put together.

Makeup was created by Stephen Sollitto for NARS Cosmetics. He was going for a “modern and monochromatic for a vibe reminiscent of Studio 54.”

Products Used: Sheer Glow Foundation, Douceur Blush, Melusine Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for Holiday 2010! For now, try Daphne Eyeshadow in the outer corners for definition), and Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, and Tashkent Pure Matte Lipstick, “ideal for her sleek look.

For hair, try a flat iron and a straightening serum like Jonathan Product Create Straight ($17.00 on sale!).

We may not all be blessed with Rebecca’s gorgeous skin and luscious locks, but we can sure fake it! As for those arm muscles, that requires some heavy lifting.


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Proenza is seriously one of my all time favorite clothing lines so I was delighted to see that the hair for Spring coming off the runway was equally glam.

Paul Hanlon, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai, created a rough, tousled half-twist with volume and wave. It’s all very epic and romantic.

GET THE LOOK: Hanlon began by applying Fekkai’s Coiff™ Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray heavily throughout the hair from roots to ends, creating texture and fullness.

Using a diffuser, he finger-combed the hair dry.

Hanlon then loosely gathered and tucked the top half of the hair into a french twist at the nape of the neck, leaving a few long layers of hair free.

To obtain the modern style, he left the ends out of the twist and sprayed Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray all over, to secure the look.

This is a style I’d wear off a runway, perhaps to a benefit or a chic party. Proenza scores again!


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Probably the most highly anticipated show of the season, definitely when it comes to hair and makeup, is that of Marc Jacobs…. faces by Francois Nars of Nars Cosmetics. He always does something very non-traditional, most likely unwearable, but a work of art none-the-less.

This year was no exception. The trend here was glossy green eyes and deep matte lips. Here are the deets:

LOOK & INSPIRATION: “The look is very reminiscent of Angelica Houston in the 70s-the bleached brows and the deep eyes,” said François Nars. “I wanted them to look like iconic models from the 70s with a modern approach. Marc had images of what he wanted the makeup to look like – mimicking the colors of the clothing but not matching exactly.”


-Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (NEW for 2011-for now try a light application of Nars Sheer Glow Foundation)
-Nars Orgasm Blush

-Nars Night Porter Eyeshadow
-Nars Nouveau Monde Duo Eyeshadow (NEW for 2011-for now try the olive side of Earth Angel Duo Eyeshadow)
-Nars Celebrate Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (New for 2011-for now try the green side of Rated R Duo Eyeshadow)
-Nars Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara

-Nars Volga Pure Matte Lipstick (now on counters exclusively at Saks!)
-Nars African Queen Lip Liner Pencil
-Nars Mambo Eyeliner Pencil


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The designer debuted her Spring/ Summer line at Lincoln Center on Saturday evening. We have the backstage deets for the look:

“Inspired by 90’s minimalist grunge and ornate Moorish embellishments the Spring 11 collection has a
disheveled feel of thrown on dressing. Spanish Floral prints and embroidery give a spirited ethnic touch juxtaposed with the simplicity of the perfect bias cut slip dress, scrunched down boyfriend socks and
strappy stilettos finish the collection that is ‘Adorned’ in detail and ‘Minimal’ in effort.

The hair was inspired by the Corinne Day picture of Kate Moss.” — Charlotte Ronson.

Here, sister Annabelle Dexter-Jones shows us the similarities….

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