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Return to Simplified Elegance

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

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With fashion trends highlighting a decadent romanticism, makeup and nails follow suit with rich, warm browns and reds. “The season is one of timeless glamour juxtaposed with modern touches, offering rich colors and a diversity of styles,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice president and artistic director of OPI. “Fall’s color palette is very sophisticated, with shades ranging from warm brick reds, rich browns and sweet toffees to lighter shades of nature and earth—wheat, sand, cement, gray and moss. Opulent deep jewel tones of ruby, garnet, amethyst and emerald glow, with nails and lips echoing tones of velvety red, purple, wine, fig and grape. Cool metallics also make an appearance.”

Short and bright, deep and glossy, or long and cheerful, adorn nails with colors that add splash to every look. “The brown-and-white combination is the hottest trend of the season,” says Elaine Watson, vice president of marketing and sales at Star Nail International. “Pair it with designs that offer a touch of whimsy, yet keep it sophisticated.”

Hair

Riccardo Maggiore, expert stylist and owner of the Riccardo Maggiore Salon in New York, predicts simple, soft hairstyles this fall. “The trend is calling for more natural and unstructured styles, so let hair be free,” he advises. “Hair also is getting longer, so let it grow and love it. Hair color will be a shade or two darker than normal.” Popular hairdos featured on this season’s fashion runways highlighted sleek and off-the-face tresses. Everything from chic pulled-back ponytails to curly tendrils tied with a scarf emphasized low-maintenance, effortless styles. Sweeping hair back also exposes the face and highlights clean makeup looks.

Forecast for winter

Planning ahead for the coming chilly months? Cool porcelain faces with hints of color will reflect a deepened introspective innocence for this winter season. Autumnal earth tones continue to reign as dressing up the face highlights the natural theme of fall. Complemented with muted shades of coal and metal, neutral blues create subdued intensity. Soft, powdery pastels in rosewood, pearly mauve and deep purple are mystical and rich. Metallic golds and bronzes are paired with bare stone and deep blue, as well as rich burgundy, for a dynamic combination.

Fall’s finesse

Returning to basic earth tones, Fall 2006 becomes nature’s playground. Chic, elegant looks evoke classic and effortless style that fits any lifestyle. Keep makeup simple with neutral browns and rich reds. Layers are key for this season’s trends. Add coats, sweaters, leggings and accessories. Nails complement makeup with deep chocolate or bright hues. Sport unstructured sleek, natural tresses pulled away from the face. Together, the season’s trends emphasize a unique style that hints at a return to basics, while playing on the edge.