Beauty & Beyond: Fall Makeup Trends

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Yes, it'??s NYFW for Spring 2013. But hold on there, sister. We've skipped a few seasons. Here'??s a little refresher for you, since fall 2012 is just right around the corner (insert fist un-ladylike pump into the air). I tapped makeup master Napoleon Perdis for a few tips and this is what he had to say'?¦

Color My Life:

'??Taking inspiration from pop art to peacock feathers and tribal liner, the eyes really did have it at this year's fall collections,'? he says. Think the '??60s matte of the cobalt blue cat eyes in the Anna Sui show and the strong exotic edge of Prabal Gurung inspired by birds of paradise, splashing shades of electric blue and peacock green all around the eye. '??Miu Miu, Meadham Kirchhoff and Vivienne Westwood showed makeup as art with theatrical looks in paint-like textures creating intriguing character drama on the runway," he says.

Try: Napoleon'??s China Doll Gel Eyeliner in Heaven (shown above), MUFE'??s Peacock Green 80 eyeshadow

Smoke Hazard:

'??The ever-evolving smoky eye is back in shades of urban grey and classic black with strong accents of pine green, midnight blue and violet femme,'? says Perdis. '??Rock-'n'-roll and grunge were huge inspirations in fall 2012 collections. Marc Jacobs and Rag & Bone showed looks that were more grunge then rock-'n'-roll. Detail was not perfected and intensity was kept at the lash lines for that 'I've done it myself' touch.'? I guess you might consider this a Black Swan-meets-Johnny Rotten-punk look, with all the pitch black shadow, upper lid geometric shapes, and soft center lids in nude or untouched. Nothing telegraphs rocker-chic like gunmetal gray, a shinier, edgier version of charcoal, so try this shade since black can be too harsh. One of my personal favorite combos is the purple lid with a shimmer of gold at the inner edges, similar to Roberto Cavalli'??s show. This is a gorgeous (and wearable) mix I was happy to see.

Try: NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Thunderball, Napoleon's Eye Pencil Onyx Factor, Urban Decay'??s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils in Ransom (shown above), Bobbi Brown'??s Metallic Eyeshadow in Gold Dust

The New Nude:

According to Perdis, '??the new nude makes for the perfect canvas, allowing the clothes to do (most of) the talking. Glowing, youthful skin teamed with flushed cheeks, strong brows and messy updos made for the perfect combination of sweet and sexy.'? He mentions Oscar de la Renta and Temperley London and how they kept skin fresh with a nude eye, pretty pink cheeks and luminous highlights on top of the cheekbones. Junko Shimada added a romantic touch to the look with a splash of pink through the socket of the eye. '??A neutral palette is flattering for most women and is not intimidating to work with,'? he continues. The key to making this look effortless is keeping skin super nourished and hydrated. And as he says, "Not to prime is a crime."

Try: Becca'??s Fine Loose Finishing Powder (shown above), NARS The Multiple, Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

(Don't) Quit Your Wining:

One huge trend he didn'??t mention'?¦wine. Yes, you can prop your feet up with a glass after kids are in bed, but that'??s not exactly what I'??m talking about. The wine stain is big for the fall. Think merlot-dripping lips (you creepy Twilight fans can think red blood) and nail tips. Very dramatic, but it was also something that you even can work for daytime (just have a lighter touch...blotting your lips until you get the desired stain).

Try: Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Merlot, Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara in Burgundy (shown above), Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Mystery

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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