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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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And although some clients are not going to do a full-blown makeup change, adding color to the lips is a simple way to provide a fall update. This season, there is a plethora of variations on the similar theme of color from which to choose. “The lips this fall are either deeply toned mulberry-wine-plum brown violets; soft nudes, even flesh-tones; or a very wearable soft rose tone,” describes Katz. “Red is, of course, still being done, but the shift is toward richer colors. It’s also a great way to try a bold new color.” According to Bennett: “A client can buy a lipstick in a color she loves, but is afraid of. It’s makeup: It’s supposed to be fun!”

Vivid and vibrant

Pantone’s Fall 2012 Fashion Color Report features vivid, beautiful jewel tones that have been injected into a palette of fall neutrals.  As the season transitions from the heat of summer, Bright Chartreuse—a vivid yellow-green—pays homage to a typical spring shade and creates a bridge into the cooler days of fall. Reminiscent of bright green foliage, it provides a perfect accent to every color in the palette. “It’s a fun shade for an eye shadow on dark brown eyes,” says corrective makeup artist Donna Mee of Donna Mee, Inc. She recommends the color used as a loose shimmer shadow and applied with a wet, synthetic brush for a more vibrant fashion look.

Like the name implies, Pink Flambé is a delicious, vibrant pink with a bit of heat to it. According to Mee, it is this season’s best lip color for warm complexions and is especially good for women with dark hair. If the color seems too intense, try it in a lip gloss for a more transparent pop of pink or use it as a lip stain with a sheer gloss over it, recommend the experts. “Lipstick is a great way to add color to the makeup bag,” says Bennett. He is thankful that oranges and pinks and plums are on trend for lips again, as these are colors that people have shied away from in the past. “Start small and as your clients become more comfortable, add more color,” Bennett suggests.

“A color I absolutely love that is fun to use over a bronzer for a pop of color is Tangerine Tango,” says Paquin. She applies a small amount of this on the apples of the cheeks and blends it into the bronzer. According to Paquin, Tangerine Tango also looks terrific on its own as a subtle blush and can be used as a sheer lip gloss. “For clients who are a little color shy, you can add this as a gloss over a slightly warmer lipstick or lip pencil, and it will add a touch of vibrant color, without being too much,” she explains. Tangerine Tango also can be paired with Pink Flambé for a retro feeling.

To bring a calming element to the mix, combine these vibrant, warm tones with Ultramarine Green, a deep cooling blue-green that is neither bright kelly green nor deep forest green. “Green is a color people can learn from; it shouldn’t be avoided as much as people think,” says Katz. She suggests pairing Ultramarine Green with French Roast as a shadow or liner. It also can be diluted with a black to give it a deep tone, or mixed with gray or a slightly metallic hue. “Metallics make some of the vibrant colors that may seem inaccessible more wearable,” says Katz. “Smoked up with a dark metallicized brown on the eyes, Ultramarine Green looks utterly enchanting and captivating.”