If you still don’t know which are the must-try makeup and hairstyle trends for the season ahead, we share some of the prettiest hot-off-the-runway beauty tips for fall 2011. From porcelain skin and soft blush on your cheeks to vampy red lips and sexy smoky eyes, from natural hairstyles to sleek, impeccable ponytails, test the biggest trends and steal the spotlight.
At Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Calvin Klein, Giambattista Valli, Balenciaga and Rochas models flaunted a luminous skin and shaded eyes. Go for simplicity and softness this season with a natural makeup. It is all about subtlety, radiance and a good-looking, glowing skin. Apply a very light liquid foundation because it gives a natural feeling. In order to even out the skin you can also use some concealer. Next, apply a soft brown cream eyeshadow and a light coat of mascara, and a peach-tinted balm on the lips
It is well-known the fact that the mouth is the ultimate attention-grabber. Therefore, the lipstick you choose can totally make a difference and change your appearance. For fall 2011 red lips dominated the catwalks. Bold, vibrant reds were spotted at Jil Sander, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Missoni, Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra, Rick Owens, Miu Miu, and Hermes. Remember that if you put powder over the top of the first coat of lipstick, then reapplying it will help it last longer.
When it comes to eye makeup, this is the area that allows you to test your creativity and play with shades. From fine lines of liquid eyeliner (Stella McCartney, Lanvin) and dramatic smoky (John Richmond) to eye-catching metallics (Derek Lam, Altuzarra, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo) and pretty brights (Cacharel, Jil Sander, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Thakoon, Zac Posen), the focus is on the eyes this season.
Applying liquid eyeliner can be a real challenge, especially when applying it to yourself. For the best result, start by pulling the lid slightly downward with the free hand and then draw the line. For a more luxurious look, a metallic eye makeup can do the trick. Don’t forget that the smoky effect creates more rounded eyes. Use a sponge-tip applicator and an eyeshadow brush in order to beautifully blend the edges of your shadow. Try to keep the rest of your makeup minimal.
Overplucked eyebrows are an absolute no-no this season. You can opt instead for a more natural, voluptuous, healthy approach as spotted at Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rochas, or Alexander Wang. You can also go for a boyish look with a slightly unkempt aspect. Strong brows can be both seductive and fun and give a fresh, youthful flair. Therefore, stay away from tweezers and wax and try naturalness. Brush your brows up and keep them in place using a clear mascara or gel.
With just a few tricks, your eyelashes can give you a wide-eyed, alluring look. Long eyelashes as spotted at Gianfranco Ferré, Anna Sui, Gucci, Lanvin, Pucci, and Giorgio Armani are extremely hot this fall. For sexy lashes, use a curler and then apply mascara two to three times. If you want to obtain the best result, pay attention to the way you apply mascara. Start at the base of the lash root and sweep outward and upward. Or, you can just apply fake lashes.
At Marc Jacobs, Versace and Prada, models were young and glowing with adorable flushed blush touches on their cheekbones. Get the look by applying a pink or apricot liquid or cream blush to cheeks using your fingertips. At Marc Jacobs blush was applied from the apple of the cheekbones downward toward the jawline.
When it comes to hair, effortless, natural styles dominated the runways. And the best example in this sense is the Chloé show. Copy the look by making a center parting and keep your tresses natural. You can also use a curling iron and make gorgeous, soft waves. Messy yet dressy was also the Chanel side bun.
Two trends that come back season after season are the timeless ponytail and the loose, side braid. For fall 2011, the ponytail gets a glam, sleek, strict update (Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Aquilano.Rimondi, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Max Azria, Lela Rose, Versace, Paul & Joe). The result is impeccable, almost perfect, with a hair section wrapped around the elastic band securing the ponytail. As for the braid, keep it loose (Band of Outsiders, Lanvin) with a center parting and flyaways framing your face.
Photos courtesy of elle.com, style.com