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A Perfect Season: Fall 2011 Color Preview

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: August 29, 2011, from the September 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Classic sophistication, featuring a perfect complexion, dark berry-colored lips and simple, beautiful eyes is on trend this season.

Classic sophistication, featuring a perfect complexion, dark berry-colored lips and simple, beautiful eyes is on trend this season.

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As usual, perfect skin is in, but the natural look of spring is moving into a more controlled perfection for fall. “The complexion is a little more matte than it was. There’s no shine and no real oil anywhere. It is more matte, but not flat-looking,” explains Mendelson. It is only through attention to detail and makeup that this flawless look is attained. According to Bennett, “It’s all about gorgeous, flawless, beautiful skin. At all the fashion shows, the models looked very polished. The skin was done and looked stunning. It looks like people have perfect skin, but there is a lot of foundation, highlighter and concealer being used.”

Harris agrees, stating “The look is a creamy complexion that is not overly dewey and not too matte.” To achieve this look, she suggests using a lighter translucent powder on the face in the t-zone and applying a highlighter for an everyday look.

And because much of the focus in fall is mainly on the eyes or the lips, blush is taking a backseat. “Blush is being minimalized these days; clients can often go with the natural flush of the skin,” says Marvin Westmore, legendary makeup artist. Cruz agrees, “Blush is soft and muted; it’s more about the eyes and the lips this season.”

Lips: the colorful standout

“What I feel is going to stand out for the season is the lip,” predicts Harris. “There are a lot of colors for lips this year: burgundies, rusts and salmons.” And don’t forget about the ubiquitous red lip. This season for lips on the runway, it was go bold or go home ... only if paired with the more classic, clean, natural eye look. “If you’re going to do something strong, you have to choose either to put boldness on the lip or the eye ... not both,” advises Bennett. “It’s berry colors for the lips in all variations, from the darkest to the brightest.” If choosing a smokier, bolder eye makeup application, then a paler lip is the answer. “With an intense, smoky eye, a pale, watery, rose-colored lip is perfect. It’s not nude; it has a tint of color, just a stain that looks like natural lips augmented.” Couanon concurs, “If you are doing a more metallic, smoky eye, try lighter, more nude lipsticks.”

Application continues to evolve this fall as well. Carrying on from the off-matte lipstick look of spring, glossy lips don’t return this fall, either. Instead, classic is what’s current. “This season, tried-and-true traditional cream satin lipstick with a beautiful velvet finish is in. It looks very plush and isn’t dry or glossy,” says Bennett.