Thursday, September 1, 2011

The 7 Most Flattering Fall Makeup Colors

Fall’s colorful crop of makeup may seem a little loud, but these shades are shockingly gorgeous on the skin. One swipe of these smoky shadows, sparkling blushes, or bright lipsticks and you’ll be ditching your typical taupes and browns.

Violet Eyeliner

Add a twinkle to your eyes with a stroke of this vivid shade. "Violet makes brown eyes richer, greens greener, and blues more intense," says makeup artist Tom Pecheux. Line the upper and lower rims to create a burst of color around eyes; for a smoky effect, smudge with a cotton swab.

1. NYX Slide On Pencil in Purple Blaze
2. Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Bourbon Street

Navy and Gold Eye Shadows

Navy blue isn't just for sailor stripes and prep-school uniforms. Deeply pigmented yet classic enough not to be jarring, it looks especially gorgeous on brown eyes. Brush it across lids, into the crease, and past the outer corners. Finish by spreading gold beneath the lower lashes. "Gold shadow catches the light and adds a beautiful accent," Pecheux says.

1. Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Eyeshadow in Indigo
2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #11

Magenta Lipstick

When you want to make a statement (or an entrance), this vivacious pink-and-purple blend is the way to go. "This unique color surprisingly works on all skin tones," says Pecheux. Use a lip brush when applying to keep the edges defined, and keep the rest of your makeup simple: Just go over lashes with mascara and darken brows a touch.

1. Avon Ultra Color Rich Moisture Seduction in Plum Gorgeous
2. L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Sea Fleur


Blackened Green Eye Shadow

Metallic green with a touch of black puts a sexy new spin on smoky eyes. It's striking for evening with pale or burgundy lips.

1. T. LeClerc Mono Eyeshadow in Fouret Noire
2. Lancôme Color Design Palette in Jade Fever

Russet Red Blush

We love the way our cheeks look when we're exercising outside in the crisp, autumn air. Get the flush—minus the exertion—using this daring red hue. The shade does enhance skin redness, so begin by concealing any blemishes or spots. Then, dust the blush onto the apples of cheeks with a circular motion and sweep up along cheekbones. Just be sure to use a light hand in applying, as reds are easy to overdo.

1. M.A.C. Mineralize Blush in Love Thing
2. Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush in Impulse

Sea-Foam Green Eye Shadow

The '80s gave pastel eye shadows a bad rap, but this shimmering blue-green shade is more glamorous than garish. "Either draw a very thin line along your upper lashes or spread the color all over the lids," Pecheux says. As with many light shades, the darker your skin, the deeper the color should be.

1. Inglot AMC Eyeshadow Shine in 24
2. Yves Saint Laurent 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in 11

Baby Pink Gloss

Baby pink gloss gives lips an ultrafeminine tint—to toughen up the color, pair it with dark smoldering eyes. Pecheux recommends layering on a few coats if you have fair or medium skin. But because this shade can look frosty on dark skin, he suggests applying just a few dots and rubbing lips together for a sheer finish.

1. Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink
2. NYX Sheer Gloss in Dandy

Peace, Love & Blaze,


*article courtesy of Allure Magazine