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Fall 2010 Cosmetic Color Trends

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: August 23, 2010, from the September 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Red lips and played-down eyes ruled the fashion runways for Fall 2010.

Red lips and played-down eyes ruled the fashion runways for Fall 2010.

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Balance is the key, adds Nemes, who recommends using blush to balance the look of the eyes and lips. “You don’t want to use something too bold, but you don’t want to go too sheer, either. You want a healthy glow to the cheek,” she explains. Geason agrees, saying, “You want blush to look like a natural flush coming from within, and you have to make sure it works for the client’s skin tone.”

Lip service

Because there are two sides to Fall 2010, lips are either red and ravishing, or nude and barely there, all depending on whether the eyes are intense or not. If eyes are dressed down, consider using red or orange lipstick for a colorful lift. “For a vibrant lip, use a more poppy-tomato red or hot tangerine this fall,” says Nemes. Pop music sensation Lady GaGa is inspiring bolder looks, according to Luque, who sees brick tones and reds as being what’s in for lips this autumn.

“There’s been a lot of hot pink and orange because people were just tired of the dullness and needed something to feel invigorated ... something that feels like a tropical destination,” explains Katz. And Iredale adds, “This fall’s must-have is red and a lot of plum, not so much vampire as vampy sexy.”

If clients decide upon a dressed up smoky eye with metallic or turquoise accents, a nude lip is a must this season. “This fall, a slightly warmed nude that is imbued with coral can give a lively pop without looking too dull or deathly,” says Katz. Kay agrees, saying, “Lips should be almost naked, matching the skin and very nude.”

A new season

Multifunctionality is also in vogue this fall, allowing clients to purchase makeup that can be blended and used on various features. “I’m seeing a lot of mixing shades, such as browns and purples; having fun, but being practical. Instead of buying 10 different eye shadows, suggest clients mix a couple for a new look,” says Owens. Along with multiple use cosmetics, an easy, fresh look for fall is always what clients want, according to Nemes. “Clients want a no-fuss look, and I think any woman can pull that off with these fall trends,” she predicts.