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The Brilliance of Autumn

By: Abby Penning
Posted: August 26, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
woman with fall makeup look

A bold flash of color is something many people are looking for these days and they aren’t being let down in the realm of makeup. The hues for eyes, lips, cheeks and skin this fall are offering a much-needed jolt of energy, blending well thought-out basics with smart swaths of red, blue, purple, green, pink, orange and yellow.

“I call fall a study in contrasts. The colors are more unique and thoughtful than we usually find for autumn,” says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and founder of www.morealivewithcolor.com. Acknowledging the season’s pensive mood but also noting a touch of newer things on the horizon, J. Scott Berry, a professional makeup artist, and southeast regional manager and skin care and spa consultant with Repêchage, says, “Colors are more sophisticated. I’d sum up the look as a return to basics with a new millennium flair.”

Eiseman adds, “Fashion designers are acknowledging the tricky economic time by using dependable, fundamental basics, but people also don’t want to do the same old, same old, which is a great place for cosmetics to come in and offer more of an opportunity to use color.”

Of course, spa professionals and makeup artists are in a perfect position to provide clients with the additional brightness new seasonal colors can bring, so now is the time to invest in key new makeup items for autumn.

Radiant complexion

“As an esthetician, I’m most thrilled about the sheer foundations this season,” says Berry, who also owns J. Scott’s Skin Care & Day Spa in Leesburg, Florida. Well-maintained skin—always a top priority in spas—is being showcased for the fall, and letting the complexion be one of makeup’s main features helps spa professionals display some of their favorite techniques. “The look is really an incredible, perfect skin foundation, so if the skin is healthy, it looks beautiful, and you can just let it shine through,” Berry explains.