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Fall 2010 Cosmetic Color Trends

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: November 3, 2010, from the November 2010 issue of GCI Magazine.

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In keeping with the trend of an accent on one feature, blush can add a pop of color to the face. “During the fall, there will be more color on the cheeks in pinks and peaches,” says Luque. According to Iredale, cheeks are making a comeback with the help of multifunctional cosmetics. “Bronzers can be used to enhance the cheeks,” she says. “Two colors of bronzer can be used: one to define the cheekbone and the other on the apple.”

Balance is the key, adds Nemes, who recommends using blush to balance the look of the eyes and lips. “You don’t want to use something too bold, but you don’t want to go too sheer, either. You want a healthy glow to the cheek,” she explains. Geason agrees, saying, “You want blush to look like a natural flush coming from within, and you have to make sure it works for the client’s skin tone.”

Lip Service

Because there are two sides to Fall 2010, lips are either red and ravishing, or nude and barely there, all depending on whether the eyes are intense or not. If eyes are dressed down, consider using red or orange lipstick for a colorful lift. “For a vibrant lip, use a more poppy-tomato red or hot tangerine this fall,” says Nemes. Pop music sensation Lady GaGa is inspiring bolder looks, according to Luque, who sees brick tones and reds as being what’s in for lips this autumn.

“There’s been a lot of hot pink and orange because people were just tired of the dullness and needed something to feel invigorated ... something that feels like a tropical destination,” explains Katz. And Iredale adds, “This fall’s must-have is red and a lot of plum, not so much vampire as vampy sexy.”

If clients decide upon a dressed up smoky eye with metallic or turquoise accents, a nude lip is a must this season. “This fall, a slightly warmed nude that is imbued with coral can give a lively pop without looking too dull or deathly,” says Katz. Kay agrees, saying, “Lips should be almost naked, matching the skin and very nude.”

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