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Fall 2012 Color Preview: The Fantasy of Fall

By: Sara Mason
Posted: August 29, 2012, from the 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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“The colors are revolving around purple, browns and charcoal,” she explains. “I am seeing a really strong smoky eye with everything else neutral because the colors are so vivid.” She suggests evaluating your client’s eye shape: Is it deep-set, round or close? “Help her create a smoky eye with those colors that are going to be flattering for her,” she says. Encourage clients to add a new shadow that is current and really works with their skin tone.

According to Katz, navy is a new neutral, providing yet another option for meeting clients’ needs. It works well as a sophisticated complement to the fall Pantone colors—particularly Titanium or Bright Chartreuse—as a liner or mascara to make the eyes appear wider without being too matchy-matchy.

Pair a vibrant eye with paler lips, if clients can carry it off. For clients older than 20, Katz recommends some color on the lips. “Older clients require some color on the mouth to enliven the skin; otherwise, it eradicates the lip colorations, which ages the face,” she explains.

The same goes for eyeliner. Although thicker, winged-out eyeliner is still on trend, how old the client is dictates how bold she can be, according to Katz. Brows are very groomed, but full. “What’s inspiring me personally is the 1960s: an architectural brow with winged-out eyeliner,” enthuses Katz. “Beautiful!”

Lips

Bold lips with neutral bases are also great options this autumn. Lipstick can be one of the best buys for a seasonal change. Katz loves the smoky eye, but also prefers a look that’s sheer and almost naked—with a little bit of powder or tinted moisturizer on the rest of the face, paired with a deep lip. “The right color of lipstick literally will light up someone’s face,” she explains. “It will just make a client’s face glow from within.”