Sunday, February 21, 2010

NYFW Fall 2010 Beauty Roundup

The runways at this year's Fall 2010 show were as beautiful as ever, full of layered looks in predominantly neutral colors. The makeup and hair were similarly low key, with natural undone hair and fresh-faces being showcased by the majority of the designers. Here's a roundup of my favorite looks from the runways that will look great in reality too!:

Makeup artist Diane Kendal created this look at Proenza Schouler, which had a definite
90's vibe, with clean faces and the emphasis on the lips, and with messy, wavy hair. The models showcased dark red or deep purple lips, filled brows, and sculpted cheeks.

This look is very pretty and wearable on all skin tones. Just even out skin with foundation or concealer as needed, fill in brows with powder, and apply a taupe or brown shadow all over eyes. Sculpt the cheek bones with a slightly darker foundation or powder, or a taupe-y blush or bronzer swept under the cheek bones. For lips, apply a deep red or eggplant and blot to ensure the color lasts. Very chic!
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Similar to the look seen above with Proenza Schouler, the look at Rodarte featured a heavy emphasis on the lip, with clean skin and eyes. The lips were very dark purple with an almost metallic finish, and there was a slight highlight on
the eyes with shadow. The hair was polished, with a clean center-part and shiny straight locks. (btw, how GORGEOUS is that necklace?!)

This look is also really pretty, but is much more striking on lighter skin tones. Even out skin with foundation and concealer as needed and set with a translucent powder. Fill in brows and try a shimmery shadow in champagne or gold. Pick a dark purple or wine colored lip liner and fill in lips, paying special attention to having a clean line. Try using an eyeshadow to get the metallic finish.
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The hair and makeup at Vera Wang seemed very Brigitte Bardot-esque, with smoky eyes and sexy bed-head hair. The models had clean skin, nude lips, filled brows, and gorgeous, sexy up-dos with big teased crowns and pretty, loose sections framing the face. (I am also in love with this necklace!)

To get this makeup look, follow the foundation application as above, and sweep a light pink blush on the cheekbones and slightly on the apples of the cheeks. Fill the brows and use a dark grey or black liner on the outer edges of the eyes and smudge inward. Follow with dark grey shadow in the crease and slightly on the lid, and finish with two coats of mascara on upper and lower lashes. Apply a pale pink to lips, blending out natural color with concealer if necessary.
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I LOVE the orange lip on the Max Azria runway. The models all had clean, soft skin and eyes, sleek pulled back hair, and soft brows. The pop of color came from the orange lip, which is a fun new color for fall. Most fall lips are dark or red, as above, so I really like the orange lip here.

There are many shades of orange and coral, all of which could mimic the look here. Try tapping lip color into the center of the lip and softening out towards the edges for a soft look.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bridal Beauty

If you're engaged to get married this year, congratulations! This is such an exciting time in your life, so be sure to enjoy it! To make things easier on the bride-to-be, here are some tips and tricks to make sure you are radiant on your big day.

Top 10 Tips to Look Glowing on Your Wedding Day
  1. Follow a good skincare routine, and maintain it!
· Be sure to use a good gentle cleanser in the mornings, and wash with cool to lukewarm water
· At night, use a good make-up remover with your cleanser
· Don’t forget to moisturize and wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) daily
· Gently exfoliate your skin at least once a week

  1. Don’t experiment with makeup and skincare before the wedding. No matter how tempting it is to try all the fabulous new products at the makeup counter, stick with your tried and true favorites. Trying new products on your body or face can trigger allergic reactions, which can leave bumps, redness and irritation, or even dark scarring on your skin; the last thing you want on your big day!
  1. Maintain a healthy diet, and eat at regular intervals. Don’t try to follow a strict diet before the wedding to squeeze into your dress. The lack of nutrients can change the healthy appearance of your hair and skin, and you’ll end up looking weak and pale on the altar.
  1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and eat lots of fish, whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Water cleanses your body of toxins and makes your skin look healthy and luminous. Eating a nutrient rich diet will keep you healthy and help you maintain a luminous glow. Don’t stress and turn to soda and junk food!
  1. Take ample rest and get your 8 hours in – you need your beauty sleep!
  1. Include yoga and other physical activites to keep you fit and healthy, and to keep that blood flowing (essential for that rosy, healthy glow!). Just don’t overdo it right before the wedding. Stick with a regular schedule of exercise and start sooner rather than later.
  1. Don’t get any facial treatments 2 weeks before the wedding. You want to give your skin time to heal and normalize before your big day, so get any facial work done 3 to 4 weeks before the wedding. Also, don’t try a new facialist right before the wedding; stick with an esthetician you trust and one that uses products you know work well with your skin.
  1. Get any waxing done at latest 3 or 4 days before the wedding, to give any redness and irritation time to heal.
  1. Tell your makeup and hair professionals your vision of your look for your big day, and bring in a picture if possible to make sure you’re on the same page. Be sure get a trial run done for both, so you can be sure it’s the look you’re going for, and there are no last minute surprises. You want to look and feel beautiful and confident, not overdone!
  1. Lastly, relax and enjoy all the little trials and joys leading up to your big day! You deserve it!!