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Fall Color Preview 2013: A Multitude of Moods

By: Kristen Wegrzyn
Posted: September 3, 2013, from the September 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

The rich Carafe can be used as an alternative to black around the eyes for an organic, back-to-nature look. Makeup, Donna Mee/; photographer, Gary Lyons; model, Rachele Schank/Women Model Management

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Complexion. Skin was illuminated in a healthy way, and was not glossy or shimmery as it has been in the past, remarks Bennett, however the t-zone, including the nose, was matte or satin-finished. “It was very well-balanced. Sometimes when you see spring or summer looks, models have glowing skin all over … it reflects the heat of the warmer weather,” he explains. “This was very controlled—the tops of the cheeks and most planes on the face had a certain amount of illumination that gave them a glow, but it wasn’t a [stark or obvious] highlight.” Bennett suggests using a liquid illuminator and mixing it with a liquid foundation or moisturizer to achieve the look. Interestingly, Bennett saw a lack of distinct cheek color; however, he did note light bronzing and light contouring. “It was all about eyes and lips, not about cheeks,” he says.

Eyes. “The most important thing we saw was lining … the majority of runway shows had strong eyeliner, and I’m not talking smoky or smudgy. I’m talking about serious, sharp eyeliner … everywhere you looked, there was a cat eye or a hard line,” says Bennett.

The predominant eye colors were Pantone colors; however, they often came in the form of combinations. Carafe, a rich brown, was frequently mixed with Koi, a decorative orange, which translated into a copper, says Bennett. The coppery tone was also achieved by including Samba in the mix for a rusty take on the shade.

Although color fusion was prevalent, single-colored eye shadow, which is something that artists have not done a lot of during the past few seasons, made an appearance. “It’s kind of refreshing to see that some of the designers are going back [to using single colors on the eyelids] … as opposed to doing multiples,” says Bennett.

Lips. From rich crimsons and cabernets to berry, purple-infused reds, prominent, high-pigmented red lips were everywhere, although a multitude of textures took the stage. “Some were matte, and some were wet and shiny,” Bennettt says. As generally seen in the makeup world, when lips were bold, eyes were quite soft. However, when eyes were the prominent feature on the face, lips were nude.