Makeup lovers are looking forward to the big reveals from Spring 2011 Fashion Week. Spring is months away but fashion lovers are already peeking at the results of this world wide fashion frenzy. The big question is which of these eyes, cheek and lip applications will become real trends or just goofy fads. I’m no Magic 8 Ball, but as a former Senior Sales Director with a major cosmetic company, I can guess which trends will stick and which will flop. Women want to look trendy but not bizarrely so. Let’s start with the trends that will probably make it to your neighborhood.
Coral Lip Colors
Coral is that strange color that looks good on some but not so hot on others. However, coral lip colors are big this year. Coral colors can range from light coral gloss to overtly orange lipstick. At the Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week, we saw muted cheeks and eyes with bold noticeable lips. Pick up an offbeat coral lipstick and add it to your lip wardrobe.
Glowing vs Blushing
According to Vogue, the Proenza Schouler Spring Fashion Show in New York gave us great examples of glowing makeup. Glowing makeup is feminine and minimal. Cream blush applied under the cheekbones really make this look easy. Lay down the blush brush and try these creamy, glowing look instead.
Every detail matters when it comes to makeup trends, even eyebrows. Eyebrows should be slightly darker than your coiffure. You can wear eyebrows thin or bushy but they should be well shaped and brushed upwards. A waterproof eyebrow pencil is excellent for creating that little lift in the center of your brow.
Triangular Eye Makeup
This one got a long hard look but I have confidence that this simple technique will make it to your makeup repertoire. Don’t let the name scare you, it is called “triangular eye makeup.” Remember Donna Mills from “Knots Landing?” (If not, look it up!) Donna’s makeup was typical of the 80s–big emphasis on the crease. Triangular eye makeup doesn’t play up the outer crease-it is the inner eye that gets the attention. Makeup designers covered the entire eye with a light color, after an application of eye primer. With an eyeshadow brush, apply a dark matte or fluorescent color in the inner corner and crease of the eye. The makeup will have a triangular shape hence the name.
Now for the fads. Although these techniques and looks were popular during fashion week, there’s no need to worry your pretty head about them. They are so far from the mainstream they are not likely to be worn by anyone other than hungry supermodels.
Dubbed temple tones, this blush technique is reminiscent of that sad old lady that who insists on wearing makeup even though she can’t see. The cheek color not only lands prominently on the apples of the cheeks and the cheekbones, it goes up the side of the head. Sadly, Moschino of Milan looked as if he slapped his models cheeks with a terra cotta pot. This burnt orange cheek and temple look gives new meaning to the term, “ugly stick.”
This one is too futuristic even for cutting edge gals like me. I like the retro 50s look this idea was based on but ugh, the colors! Think Dita Von Teese after a treatment with radioactive waste. The faces were pale with a flat foundation color while the lips and eyes were painted abundantly with fluorescent pink, green or blue. The lids of the eyes received a single sweep of eyeliner on the top lashes. Thankfully, they at least wore mascara. This spring makeup idea see some mimicking at Halloween, but I see little merit for making it part of a regular Jane’s wardrobe.
So which of these spring 2011 makeup looks will make it to your vanity table? Hmm… I’ll let you decide.