A quick glance at what some fashion publications are calling hot fall makeup trends might leave women wondering whether they should look for a spandex superhero costume to go with those outrageous cat eyes or just throw in the towel and embrace the glittery My Little Pony look.
“What we see on the runway is an exaggeration of what our everyday makeup should look like,” explains Melissa Tiano, owner of Laced With Luster, a jewelry and accessories design studio in Los Angeles. “It’s meant for shows with cameras and bright, harsh lights. However, women still can pull off runway-inspired looks with fewer brush strokes and lighter colors.”
“Yes, they certainly can re-create the look without going to extremes,” agrees Luigi Taglialegna, a makeup artist and skin-care specialist with Guerlain Spa at Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Regarding the cat-eye look, Taglialegna recommends using a dual-color eye shadow with a matte base color all over the eyelid, and then a metallic color for the lower lid. Complete the effect with a black eyeliner and black mascara. “Always select a color palette that you feel most comfortable with,” he says. “The cat eye is not restricted only to dark shadows.”
“There’s a reason the cat-eye look has been around for thousands of years,” Tiano says. “It’s a technique almost anyone can pull off while maintaining a sense of sophistication. It’s an easy way to add drama to your look with class and style.”
Another seasonal change is the annual return to school, and both experts have advice for young women wanting to look their best.
“Exfoliating is extremely important to detoxify and purify the skin,” Taglialegna says — and he warns that young adults often skip this step. He also advises that adding a toner to your skin-care regimen is not only crucial to balancing skin tone, but will minimize the appearance of pores and prevent breakouts.
“Always apply a moisturizer twice a day,” he says. He recommends that young women select a specialized package of skin-care products featuring eye serum, toner, face serum and day cream with a focus on hydration and nourishment.
Guerlain is noted for its fragrances and has created more than 800, so there are certainly seasonal aspects to smelling good. “While wintertime would warrant a selection of floral, musky undertones, summer would find more citrus-based, light and airy fragrances more desirable,” Taglialegna says. One of his favorite fragrance suggestions for fall is Angelique Noir, with angelica, bergamot and vanilla. “For a younger generation, Shalimar Initial is an iris, rose, vanilla and lemon scented fragrance that has been reinvented from the famed 1925 Shalimar Parfum.”
For everyday school-time wear, Tiano suggests restraint. “I would advise young women to be minimalistic when it comes to makeup. You want to make the best impression.”
But ultimately, Tiano says it all comes down to individual taste, style and personality. “Whatever a woman feels her best in, she will look her best in. There’s nothing better than the feeling of confidence.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun