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Return to Simplified Elegance

By: Kate Hamilton
Posted: June 16, 2008, from the August 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Compiled with information from Pantone, Inc.’s Fashion Color Report Fall 2006.

“Fall 2006 is a time to transition back to more dependable colors,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. With that come simple and clean lines, glamour, and a flair for sophistication.


“For fall, we are forecasting a new trend of basic browns, a new twist to classic colors and an added vibrancy to makeup,” says Michelle Doan, founder and CEO of Emani Cosmetics. “Red-hued lips will make a big comeback this fall. We recommend that eyes be more subtle, but not naked. Because not everyone can wear dark red lip color comfortably, try an alternative sheer cranberry shade. Apply a clear gloss to create luscious, yet wearable lips.”

Naturally shaped brows, a moderately dewy face, lighter lashes and cherry red lips are just a few of the popular trends leading this season’s makeup looks. “A richer lip is in season for Fall 2006,” says makeup artist Candace Corey. “If there is color on the eyes, a softer, more natural lip color can emphasize the sophisticated look.”

According to the Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international nonprofit association of 1,300 color designers, sophistication and experimentation are increasing among consumers for the 2006–2007 season. This means more freedom and playfulness for the makeup enthusiast. Susan Hayes Hoover, CMG chairman of the Consumer Colors Current Committee, notes that the most influential hues are from the red and blue families. The reds are inspired heavily by global influences from Central America and India, and shades are both cooling down and warming up. Rich raspberry reds, cool mauves, deep corals and plush peaches have been growing in popularity.