Thursday, October 09, 2008

Winterize Your Look

Halloween isn't even here yet and already it's getting chilly out there. Here in the Seattle area a cold front has pushed through. Temperatures have plummeted and there's even some snow in the mountains. Like it or not, winter weather is on its way.

The one thing I love about the cooler seasons is that makeup looks drastically change. Gone are the light pinks and sunshiney shades. In their place are the lush, deep, rich hues that conjure up romantic images...at least in my mind.

Here are a few looks to embrace this fall and winter, thanks to the editors at Harper's Bazaar:

UNDONE FRENCH TWIST

  • Step one: Blow hair out straight. Add body by setting it in big Velcro rollers for 10 minutes, suggests Sebastian Professional stylist Thomas Dunkin.
  • Step two: Pull hair back and twist it up into a loose twist.
  • Step three: "Pull out a section in the front so that it frames your face, which is what makes this style fluid," instructs D.J. Riggs, artistic director of TIGI Linea. Spritz Nexxus 360° Volume Bodifying Finishing Mist ($9.99) for hold.

SMOLDERING EYES AND SLEEK HAIR

  • Step one: Line top and bottom lash lines with a black liner like Stila Kajal Eye Pencil in Onyx ($14). "Or use liquid liner first, then soften it with a pencil," instructs Beauty.com celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow.
  • Step two: Sweep gold powder shadow from lashes to brow bone. Apply to the inner corners as well for a more dramatic look. Try Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in #13 ($75).
  • Step three: Use a shadow brush to blend the liner with the shadow, which will deepen and smudge the color, suggests New York makeup artist Kimara Ahnert.
  • Step four: Finish with black mascara. Try Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara ($19.50).

PINK AND RED LIPS WITH ATTITUDE

  • Step one: Even out skin tone with powder foundation.
  • Step two: Line lips and fill them in with a lip pencil. "This will help the color last longer," says Turnbow. To get staying power with-out lip liner, use a long-wear lip color like L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour in Color of Hope ($11.99; $2 will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund).
  • Step three: Apply lipstick. Try Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Watermelon ($14) or Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cha Cha Cherry ($7.99).
DARK, SHINY NAILS
Fashionable fingers will be drenched in shimmery polishes this season. The greenish silver at Chanel had a rock 'n' roll vibe, while the metallic mauve at Bill Blass was a more sophisticated take on the trend. Try Chanel Nail Colour in Kaléidoscope, $20, a sparkly sage shade.

AMAZING LASHES
Stacked lashes, seen at Versace, are an eye-opener. Buy falsies (or flashier versions, like Viktor & Rolf's) and cut them in half, advises Max Factor makeup artist Jake Bailey. "Apply to the outside of each eye so the longest lashes are closest to the temple," he says.

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