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By: Kate Hamilton
Posted: June 16, 2008, from the August 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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With the blue family, the environment has been highly significant in creating blue-green combinations that are reminiscent of ocean hues. A new trend is combining this aqueous tone with a rich deep brown to create a retro look. In addition, other earth tones, such as blue-based greens, reflect consumers’ knowledge and awareness of sustainability and eco-friendly products, according to the CMG.

To create a classic fall makeup look that will work on any client wearing any outfit, Lisa Ryan, international makeup artist and director of education at Colorlab Cosmetics, recommends “juxtaposing intense heavy blue-gray eye shadow and smudged liner on the eyes against deep matte red lips and rosy pink chiseled cheeks.”


The trends for fall fashion deepen in color, and emphasize classy coverups and layers. “The neutrals, while simple, provide a landscape for complexity. The touches of rich tones in the palette add an exotic dimension to the neutrals,” states Pantone, Inc.’s Fashion Color Report Fall 2006. Pantone’s Red Mahogany, Purple Magic, Golden Ochre and Mineral Red bring vibrancy and warmth to the neutrals Simply Taupe, Frost Gray, Pale Khaki and Vetiver. See Fall Fashion Colors for this season’s swatches. The ocean blue trend in makeup shows up on the runway in Bijou Blue—a deep navy-teal shade.

Fall 2006 brings back a remix of old styles with a modern twist, according to Fashion Group International. The little black dress makes a comeback. Capes, coats, ponchos and jackets create dramatic opportunities to layer colors and fabrics for added dimension. Accessories become key this autumn, as they add yet another tier. Bags are big and oversized for another season, while wrist clutches make a cameo, as well. Dresses are paired with leggings, tights and knee-highs in varying colors. Strut your stuff in chunky platforms, flats or kitten heels—especially metallic ones. Other essential trimmings include knitted hats, fur accents, layered belts, long gloves and chain necklaces.

This season, try combining some of these must-haves to create intriguing layered combos.

  • Wrap coats and long jackets pair well with skinny pants or a minidress.
  • Chic, tailored suits will be all the rage. Choose one in a basic color.
  • Knitted sweaters and chiffon blouses create delicate, feminine looks that are timeless.
  • A fitted jacket in chocolate brown waxed leather is stylish and edgy.
  • Dress up—the options are endless, from cocktail dress to frock to gown.