Skin Deep: Put Your Fall Face Forward

Fall 2012 is bursting with colors. The look is all about the balance of dramatic, bold color and a neutral face, with the eyes featuring daring eyeliner. Expect gorgeous winged-out eyes and bold, jewel-tone colors. But the biggest trend will be most seen with eye shadow; yes, bold color is back. Now is that time to reach for those blue eye shadows, black cherry burgundy red lipsticks and intensely pink or orange blushes. Still, as with any trend, it’s about highlighting your facial features with shades. So if you aren’t ready to go big with color, try little touches such as colored eyeliner or a touch of color in the inner corner of your eyes; play with colors to make a look that’s completely your own.
Rock Those Red Lips
Red lips are the talk of the town this year. The reds range from blue-based (cool reds), to burgundy black, to warm reds. There is no limitation as to the finish – choose between a matte lipstick or go all out with one that’s super glossy. The idea here is to draw attention to kissable lips. If you’re a bit shy about donning a daring red, go for more muted reds that give you soft, rosy lips instead. You can also opt to use a sheerer lip gloss, or you can dab on a lipstick instead of swiping it across the lips to get a soft wash of color. Pair your bold lips with neutral makeup on the eyes and cheeks, and you’re good to go.
Eyeliner Trends

The latest eyeliner trend features a double “wing” at the outer corner of the eye. This gives the traditional cat eyeliner a twist. Play around by making the bottom “wing” a bit thicker than the upper “wing” or use another color on the upper “wing” (cobalt blue is hot). If you’re up to it, you can extend the wing as far out as you’re comfortable with, or use colored liquid liners for a more fearless look.
Colorful Smokey Eyes
This trend veers away from the traditional black, gray and brown smoky eye and instead uses navy blue, deep purple, green and silver. Use any color smoked up almost to the brow line and then add a pop of bold color on the lower lid. Experiment with smoking the color first until you find the right intensity for you. Pair it with neutral lips and cheeks and you’re ready for a night out.
Full, Lush Eyebrows
Pack up your tweezers and cool down those wax warmers because full, natural brows are in this year. Known as the “power brow,” this striking and feminine look can be achieved with brow powder, pencils or simply by styling your brows by brushing them upwards. Using a brow gel can help hold not only the color but also the shape of the brows as well.
Be Yourself
Whichever trends you pick, just remember that you don’t necessarily have to follow them as seen on the runway. Tweak a trend to suit your features so that you’re comfortable with it. Remember that these trends are guides, not rules, and you’re the boss of your makeup. So, whether you want to make a bright and bold statement with your look, or just be your natural and beautiful self, it’s all about looking your best. F

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