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Fall 2012 Color Preview: The Fantasy of Fall

Sara Mason September 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

Titanium can be used as an eyeliner or eye shadow, and can be layered over other colors for a smoky eye.

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This fall, the Pantone color palette is about the magic of color. Fantasy and illusion are inspiring designers and makeup artists alike, with an unexpected mix of darks, brights and neutrals, cleverly manipulating reality into enchantment through fashion and cosmetics.

“Usually fall is limited to a few color palettes, but this fall runs the gamut,” says Michael Marcus, CEO of Michael Marcus Cosmetics. “Like a breath of fresh air, this fall is about finding your own individuality.” And color is what Michael Marcus Cosmetics is about. “We’ve always had bold colors in the line,” says Marcus. “It’s exciting to find the fashion world catching up with what we’ve always believed in.”

“We can have fun and be creative,” explains Teresa Paquin, makeup artist and owner of Anika Skincare & Makeup Studio in Hudson, New Hampshire. Colors help clients transition to fall. “Sometimes clients need to get outside their comfort zones, and skin care and makeup professionals can help them do that this year with these colors,” she says.

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How-to: Fall 2012 Makeup Application


How-to: Fall 2012 Makeup Application

Blue Aura is the name of the gorgeous fall/winter look by Emmy Award-winning makeup artist KJ Bennett for Kryolan. Bennett states that this upcoming season, ombre and tonal makeup are statement-makers and demonstrates this trend by creating a modified smoky eye of unexpected elegance using tones of blue as the new black. The focal point is a modern, color-saturated eye makeup, framed with a flawlessly perfected complexion.

Step 1: Using fingers, a sponge or a makeup brush, apply a primer to ensure a perfect foundation application and extended wearability.

Step 2: Using a foundation brush, apply foundation where needed to cover any discoloration, and make the skin look completely uniform and perfected. Use the soft-focus appearance of a modern satin-matte liquid foundation and choose a shade that matches the skin’s natural tone exactly.

Step 3: Sculpt the face by creating brightness in the center of the face and the tops of the cheekbones using a lighter foundation or a liquid highlight product. Instead of blush, add warmth and definition to cheeks and around the perimeter of the face with a cream bronzer.

Step 4: Set the makeup with ultra-fine translucent finish powder, using a powder brush.

Step 5: With a small angled brush, apply a dynamic cool matte sky blue shadow to the entire eye lid, blended into the crease and continued under the lower eyelash line.

Step 6: On the outer third of the lid and in the eye crease, blend a cool, midnight blue toward the center of the eye until it disappears into the lighter blue eye shadow.

Step 7: For the ombre effect, apply a translucent layer of shimmering jade-green pigment, distributed delicately with a brush over the entire shadowed area and below the eye along the lash line.

Step 8: Achieve definition with a cream eyeliner in ebony black along the upper eyelashes and along the water line of the lower eyelid.

Step 9: Apply mascara liberally to the eyelashes with a disposable mascara wand. Then, if desired, add a set of flirty false lashes to the upper lashes to create more drama.

Step 10: Shape and define lips with a contour pencil slightly deeper than the client’s natural lip color.

Step 11: Finish lips with high-shine gloss tinted a delicate neutral shade to amplify the natural color, using a disposable lip brush.

Cosmetic products and supplies used in this application are from Kryolan.

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