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Fall 2011 Makeup Recap

The '60s and Gloss

Influenced by '60s mods, but with a futuristic take that plays with textures. Nude, reflective, hyper-manicured skin, defined brows, and lots of lash. More feminine than androgynous. To wear this trend, use a luminous or glossy textured cream on the cheekbones, and individual lashes with lots of mascara. Try Mâ??Aâ??C Gloss Texture or Mâ??Aâ??C Strobe Cream and gently pat onto the highest part of cheekbones with fingers. Then pop a few pieces of Mâ??Aâ??C #30 lashes in between your natural lashes after you've applied a lot of Mâ??Aâ??C Haute & Naughty mascara. Use a beige gloss, like Mâ??Aâ??C Lipglass in C-Thru, on your lips.

New York: Donna Karan, Christian Siriano // London: Antonio Berardi, Aquascutum // Milan: Max Mara, Moschino Cheap and Chic // Paris: Roland Mouret, Haider Ackermann, Paul and Joe [pictured]

Sci-Fi Feline

The shape makes this smoky eye look fresh and new. Blacks are infused with colour, browns are sooty, greys are taupey. Think marblized black-gold, black-copper, and black-sapphire. Kept fashionable by leaving off the mascara and worn with either a deliberately nude or a bold lip. Wear this look when you want glamour mixed with a bit of attitude. Mâ??Aâ??C Eyeshadow in Kid on lids, and Mâ??Aâ??C Eyeshadow in Bark wrapped around the eyes and blended into the socket, are great for daytime and after-hours. If you want more drama, try Mâ??Aâ??C Eyeshadow in Smut.

New York: Monique Lhuillier, Jason Wu [pictured], Preen // London: Christopher Kane // Milan: Just Cavalli // Paris: Manish Arora

Runaway Red

Lips took on every shade of red, from real red to raspberry to coral to deep vino. The textures were fresh in creamy (not quite glossy) formulas. A statement lip is always the perfect complement to great tailoring.To get this look right, pick your favorite creamy red lipstick and pair it with perfect matte skin. Try Mâ??Aâ??C Lipstick in Mâ??Aâ??C Red. Apply it precisely and densely, then top with Mâ??Aâ??C Lipglass in Clear. Mâ??Aâ??C Mineralized Skinfinish Natural is the perfect product to sweep over your foundation, to instantly go chicly matte.

New York: Ralph Lauren [pictured] // London: Giles // Milan: Missoni, Gucci // Paris: Rick Owens


"Sculpting" refers to using creamy shades of caramel and taupe to sculpt the face for a monochromatic look. The key products here are the PRO Sculpting creams in Accentuate, Cheek, Bark, and Sand Brown (they'll be available for Autumn/Winter 2011). We saw this look heavily on the runway with the '60s trend. This could also be seen in the Minimal/Modern look, which was very popular in all cities. The best way to translate this look into everyday makeup is to invest in some beautiful creams for highlighting and/or sculpting the face, as well as using it for your blush. Relish the youthful freshness that cream products bring to the skin, and lighten up on the powder.

New York: Michael Kors // Milan: Fendi, Alberta Ferretti [pictured] // Paris: Balmain, Gareth Pugh, Issey Miyake

Off Colors

Colors like ochre, ambergris, and suede—"'90s neutrals"—were used in a very androgynous context. This was the “no-makeup makeup” look. It can be seen in combination with the '60s and the Runaway Reds trends. Think super-clean, groomed sometimes, and a bit of a brow statement as well.

New York: Rodarte, Yeohlee, Proenza Schouler [pictured] // London: Vivienne Westwood Red Label // Milan: Blugirl, Fendi


Pale, cloudy grays, all the way through to sooty off-black, showed up in the Sci-Fi Feline trend as well as some of the more minimal makeup. The interesting twist is often a whisper of the color on eyes applied with a delicate touch, or the juxtaposition of the coolness of these colors played off of warmer lips or cheeks in suedes and caramels.

New York: Badgley Mischka, Doo.Ri, Gary Graham, Prabal Gurung [pictured] // London: Corrie Nielsen