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February 2023

The Hottest Makeup Looks from NY Fashion Week Fall 2011

By Lindsay Leff


Another NY Fashion Week has come and gone in a whirlwind of hot makeup trends: dramatic cat-eyes, daring lips, rosy cheeks, and dewy skin, leaving us in a state of beauty overload but still craving more! While we saw some tried-and-true makeup looks, a fresh bunch of makeup trends won over our hearts—and they will be gracing your faces next fall.

Makeup artists drew inspiration from past decades (the ’60s and ’70s are back in a big way!), sexy supermodels like Jerry Hall and movie characters like Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde, and even nature! But how do makeup artists turn their inspiration into hot makeup trends that land a spot in your beauty routine rotation?

Here, the industry’s best makeup artists, the beauty trends they’re setting, and the makeup products they used on the models before they sashayed down the runways. Stay ahead of the makeup trend game with our favorite looks for fall from NY Fashion Week. Then, whip out those makeup brushes and start practicing!

Pucker-Up Makeup Trend: Bold & Bright Lips
Vamp up your glam factor with the latest lipstick trend. Shades of burgundy, crimson, and red lipsticks were painted on the lips of models at Custo Barcelona, Lela Rose, Luca Luca, and Rebecca Taylor.

Why We Love the Bold-Lip Makeup Trend
Whether you don your favorite LBD or your everyday jeans and a tee, a bold lip is like the perfect accessory—it can make your fashion look. And the right shade of lipstick can make you feel like a million bucks but cost less than $20! Stuck in a fashion rut? Swipe on a layer of one of these lipstick must-haves and you’re ready to rock!

Bold Lipsticks Straight from the Runway
• Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Ruby Star, $7.49
• Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Daring, $20
• Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, $7.99
• MAC Cosmetics LipMix in Burgundy, $14.50

Flawless Skin Goes Angelic for Fall’s Beauty Look
Fresh-faced, flawless skin is no stranger to the beauty-trend scene, but for fall 2011 makeup trends, the look was given a dose of angelic, doe-eyed glow. Seen at the shows of Max Azria, Joy Cioci, ADAM, Elise Overland, and Tadashi Shoji, we had to know the secret behind getting this look and doing it at home.

Backstage Tips on Creating the Angelic, Flawless Skin Look
Sometimes the simplest looks are the hardest to master. The key to the flawless, angelic skin trend is the perfect foundation. Test shades on your jawline (not wrists or hands) and always look at yourself in natural light before you buy. Foundation that looks like a mask is NOT sexy. The finishing touch for this makeup trend is a is a luminizer—a powder, spray, or even foundation with a bit of shimmer that gives your flawless skin its glow. Your friends won’t be anything but jealous of your restful look, even if you really are lacking those zzz’s.

Luminizers from the Runway for Angelic, Flawless Skin
• Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation, $6.99
• MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Blushbaby, $19.50
• Napoleon Light Patrol Luminizer Palette in Silver, $60

Bold Brows Will Be the Trendy Look Next Fall
Bold brows were front and center this season, as they framed the faces of runway models at the Mara Hoffman, Isaac Mizrahi, Timo Weiland, Tibi, and Christian Cota shows.

Why We Love the Bold Brow Trend
Last spring, brows were invisible, hidden by makeup artists with concealer. At NY Fashion Week, fall 2011 makeup looks were minimal to allow full, filled-in brows to make a comeback. So channel stunners like Brooke Shields, Camilla Belle, and Jennifer Connelly with the bold eyebrow trend, but keep the rest of your features bare. That leaves you time to shop for fall winter fashion trends for 2011.

Bold Brow Products Straight from the Runway
• Make Up for Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector, $19
• MAC Cosmetics Impeccable Brow Pencil in Taupe, $15
• Napoleon Eye Pencil in Brown Sugar, $18
• Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Birch, $20
• Le Metier de Beauté Brow Bound Eyebrow Pencil, $36

Smokey Eye Trend Goes Technicolor
The always-on-trend smokey eye look had us mesmerized as models came down the runways of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sophie Theallet, Prabal Gurung, Marchesa, and Chris Benz. One of our favorite makeup looks turned up the color this year!

Backstage Tip for Colorful Smokey Eyes
The smokey-eye trend is one of the best ways to dress up a makeup look and add drama. This season, the makeup trend took a twist with colors like navy, red, emerald, and beige smudged over lids. Blends of cream shadows were used to create bold color and definition. To keep the eye shadows from creasing, prep eyes with a primer. If those pesky creases still rear their not-so-pretty heads, use your finger to smudge the crease back into the shadow. Luckily, this is one makeup trend that looks best a bit unkempt.

Colorful Smokey-Eye Makeup Products Straight from the Runway
• NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Cleo, $33
• MAC Cosmetics Crème Shadow in Peril (available fall 2011)
• Le Métier de Beauté True Colour Eye Shadow in Peachy Keen, Innocence, or Fire Lily,
$30 each
• Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Teal Fury or Mauve Cheri, $48 each

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