Monday marks the first day of fall, and although you may not feel a change in the air, style setters everywhere will want to edit their cosmetics collection to include the season's rich rainbow of makeup hues and dramatic new looks. Shades such as aubergine, chocolate and denim blue are all the rage in color this season while bold berry lips and cat eyes took the runway by storm.
Call it scarlet, burgundy or just plain red, bold lips ruled fall's catwalks. Not surprisingly, Miss Fabulosity, Kimora Lee Simmons, gets it. The KLS fall collection boasts a bevy of looks that are red-hot for the season, such as the Lip Sheer Lipstick in Peony ($14) and the Fabulosity Plumper in Cosmopolitan ($17). Shop online at kimoraleesimmons.com.
Another of-the-moment favorite hails from Mary Kay, whose Apple Berry lipstick is that hard-to-find blend of red and berry that complements all skin tones. As part of Mary Kay's "Beauty That Counts" campaign, the company donates 100 percent of its profits from the sale of this lipstick to change the lives of women and children around the world.
The key to nailing berry bright colors is lining lips carefully inside the lip line with a coordinating lip liner, as well as applying a lipstick keeper, such as DuWop's Reverse Lip Liner, to the area just outside the lip line to lock lip color in place ($19 at Sephora).
Sharpen those pencils and break out the magnifying mirrors, ladies — cat eyes are back. This look takes a steady hand and a steely gaze to pull off, as seen from the Oscars to Africa on Ms. Jolie-Pitt herself.
Many experts encourage using a pot liner with a thin angled brush to create cat eyes, but since most of us have barely mastered applying our eye pencils, liquid liner is easier to handle.
First off, a hands-free magnifying mirror is a must. Next, with all hands on deck, draw a thin line from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner, extending the liner past the outside lash line in a quick sweeping motion and applying the liner more thickly at the outer corners of eyes. You must use a long lasting liner so that this look doesn't go south. I recommend jane iredale's liquid liner in black/brown because it's less harsh than its midnight black counterparts ($20 at janeiredaledirect.com).
Color, color and more color!
Fall is all about deep, vibrant hues, especially on lids. I adored the looks on many runways, including lids awash with shimmering shades ranging from royal purples to shocking pinks to deep denim blues. And while you'll likekly sport the look with a little more restraint then seen at MBFW, this trend can be worn in real life.
I like Sue Devitt's Sea Spray Mineral Eye Palette in Blue Waters, a rich combination of blendable blues ($37.50 at suedevittstudio.com). Another favorite is Vincent Longo's Liquid Shadow ($24 at Sephora) available in a full range of colors such as Midnight Mauve, a dark violet, and Sweet Magenta, a bright pink.
Apply your shade with a sparing hand and heaps of confidence and you too can rock the runway's most fashionable face this fall.