I attended the recent Fashion Week shows for spring/summer 2011 with an eye for beauty trends. From retro to minimalist, here are the top makeup looks you’ll want for spring and the tips and products to achieve these looks yourself.
L.A.M.B.: Glam Punk
Yellow shadow dusted over eyelids, copper-and-black-toned cat eye, defined with copper eye shadow in crease and heavy black eye liner on lower lash line
A chic evening look with a little edge. Use yellow shadow all over eyelids—it’s a great alternative to the champagne colors usually used for highlighting. Then, blend a green-black shadow into the crease of the lid, and line the eyes with a dark liner, extending the line slightly outward to achieve the cat eye. Finish by contouring cheekbones with a golden face highlighter.
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Tracy Reese: Voyager
Fresh faced with hints of coral on cheeks and lips; eyes in champagne and copper shadows with long, defined lashes
How every girl wants to look after a great vacation—bronzed and beautiful. Don’t skip concealer, as it really helps to even out the skin, leaving you looking more awake and refreshed. For cheeks, apply a pretty wash of pinky-plum color to the apples for a rosy glow. A soft pink lip is perfect. Try a pink lipstick as a base, and then go over that with a brighter pink gloss.
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Derek Lam: Retro
Clean skin, bright orange eyeliner
To create the natural-skin look, first use a peach-hued concealer to eliminate dark under-eye circles and brighten the eye area. Follow with a light dusting of loose powder, but don’t apply in a sweeping motion; instead, apply by pressing powder into the skin. Next, use a hint of bronzer on the cheeks to enhance a natural complexion. To achieve this orange eye look, use shades of coral with a shimmering bronze eye pencil blended into the lash line. These retro makeup colors will be vibrant but still wearable.
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Natural with an edge, with gentle pink blush on the apples of cheeks, light lip stains, and glitter accent on eyelids
This look is very chic and easy to achieve in just minutes. After applying your usual powder blush, use your fingertips to dab a bit of shimmer on the apples of the cheeks. You’ll look refreshed and glowing. For lips, buff in a nude shade of lip liner, then layer on a sheer or neutral gloss to the middle of your bottom lip for texture. The great thing about this look is your eyes can be either really soft and bare or really sexy and smoky. Just remember to highlight under the brow bone for either eye look.
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Catherine Malandrino: Safari Chic
The focus was on eyes, with blended shades of khaki, brown, and coral; intense color without shimmer, which was a nice change of pace
To create this look, start with a rich bronze shadow on the lid, blending so that the color is more intense toward the lash line and lighter toward the brow. Apply a light shadow just under the brow bone to create a slight shadow effect. Then, intensify the color using a sultry brown Eye Intensifier Pencil above and below the lash line to make your eyes really stand out. Curl lashes and apply a coat or two of mascara to spice up the look and give eyes an extra lift. To complete this look, a glossed nude lip is the perfect accent. Use a Lip Intensifier Pencil like Kira Kira to fill in lines and enhance your natural shape and finish with a soft pink gloss for a healthy tint of color.
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Zac Posen: Street Performer
Theatrically inspired, with bold colors, lots of lashes, a defined brow, and vivid jewel-tone shadows; bright red, orange, and hot pink lips; strong contouring; and gentle pink accents
Although a look like this looks great on the runway, you may want to try a more subdued version on your next night out. For a smoky, colorful eye that’s not as dramatic, switch from a dark blue, purple, or green to a lighter shade in the same color family. The lighter color will still create a beautiful eye but softer and more natural. This look also featured defined brows, and since brows frame the face, shape is extremely important. Start with a sharp eyebrow pencil, which makes application easier, and feather in the color, following the natural shape of your brows. If the pencil isn’t achieving the desired effect, use mascara, lash tint, or a colored brow gel. Finally, if you’re just stepping into the bright lip look, try a red tinted gloss—it’ll give you great color that’s not as bright as lipstick. Finish with just a hint of color on the apples of your cheeks.
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Nicole Miller: Minimalism
Feminine and neutral, simple yet modern, eyes were in soft focus with a touch of silver on the inner corners, and skin had a breathable glow to it
These colors are great, because they are wearable during summer and fall. First, mix a dab of liquid bronzer in with your daily moisturizer as the base for a natural, glowing complexion. Next, apply a bronzing power to the apples of your cheeks, chin, and forehead—the points the sun would naturally hit—to achieve the illusion and depth of a true tan. Then, finish with a hint of shimmer high on the cheekbones. For a subtle eye that’s great for day or night, blend a charcoal gray Eye Intensifier Pencil into the top and bottom lash line touching the inner corners with champagne-colored Eye Illuminator Pencil. Finish with 2–3 coats of mascara and a creamy pink lip.
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Victor de Souza: Aquatic Life
Delicate but strange, like a sea horse, with an emphasis on natural, dewy skin and eyes built up by layering iridescent accents over matte
A great makeup look for the runway but not necessarily wearable every day. For a similar look, use corals and bronzes to warm up your cheeks and brighten your eyes. For dewy skin, apply 70% Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation; the 70% water content will leave your skin hydrated all day and impart a sheer natural finish. To apply, start with the T-zone and work outward. And don’t forget the eyelids to keep consistency and texture all over the face and aid in preventing eye shadow from fading. Set the look with a hydrating mist. And, be sure to apply 2–3 coats of mascara—it’s all about the lashes!
Buy Sue Devitt Hydrating Marine Minerals Destination Eye and Cheek Palette in Solomon Islands, $20, at suedevittbeauty.com
Buy Sue Devitt 70% Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation, $38, at suedevittbeauty.com
Bare, natural, and fresh, with golden white shadow, no mascara, and bare lips with a light stain and balm
A natural, fresh face is easy to achieve and great for everyday. Start with a lightweight, natural-finish tinted moisturizer. A sheer, fluid formulation with SPF 15 is best to protect the skin from harsh environmental exposure and premature photo-aging. Next, use a blush brush to apply a pink-hued blush to the apples of the cheeks for a natural, healthy “face lift” and brighter under-eye area. Finally, the bare necessity for a “no makeup” look is a quick swipe of color over the lips!
Buy Sue Devitt SpaComplexion Hydrating Marine Minerals Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, $40, at suedevittbeauty.com
Buy Sue Devitt Sue Devitt Blush Brush, $50, at suedevittbeauty.com
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I actually went to the Catherine Malandrino show this past Fashion Week and thought it was gorgeous! I tried to recreate the look using this article and it was flawless. I’m now a Sue Devitt fan and can’t wait to see what she has to say about next season’s lineup!