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A Perfect Season: Fall 2011 Color Preview

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: October 6, 2011
Classic sophistication, featuring a perfect complexion, dark berry-colored lips and simple, beautiful eyes is on trend this season.

Classic sophistication, featuring a perfect complexion, dark berry-colored lips and simple, beautiful eyes is on trend this season.

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Previous seasons have seen the evolution of the smoky eye. With its origins in heavy black and gray eye liner and eye shadow around the eye, the smoky eye look began to include different colors, from darker browns and coppers to lighter pops of color during this past spring. Although it is still a popular look, it isn’t the stand-alone look for eyes this fall. The smoky eye continues to include color and is evolving once again to include exciting metallics, as well. “This season, smoky eyes are more metallic and are paired with light lipsticks that are more nude,” says Leslie Couanon, national trainer for Sothys. “Eyes are more sparkly and smoky.”

This look appeared on the fashion runways, as well. “While we saw a lot of intense color for spring around the eyes, those designers who opted to do anything smoky on the runway for Fall 2011 did all metallic,” says Bennett. “I found it very interesting because they used a lot of golds, gunmetals and silvery blue grays. If there was color included, it was toned down.”

An opposing look to the metallic smoky eye and pale lip for fall is the emergence of a more glamorous look reminiscent of 1940s Hollywood beauty featuring an extremely clean look for the eye paired with a strong, red lip. “The eyelid is totally clean,” stresses Bennett. “It’s done with a nude or pale eye shadow that is matte, with a hard line of dark eye liner on the top of the lid, beautiful lashes and nothing on the lower lid.” Interpreting the look, instead of a hard line that stops at the edge of the lid, the cat’s eye liner look is also making a comeback, with lots of lashes. “Lashes are a huge component for this season,” continues Bennett. “If you have a lot of black lining, you have to have a lot of lashes to go with it, otherwise the line doesn’t look anchored. You can’t do the line without the lash.”

Harris agrees that this look is definitely in. “The neutral eye using creamier and softer beige tones and two coats of mascara or adding individual lash extensions is in. I put mascara on the bottom lashes as well to make the look more wearable. It is pretty, classic, womanly and beautiful.”

Brows are taking somewhat of a backseat this season after emerging as a strong, bold trend last fall. “Brows are not as important as they have been. This season, they are filled in, but are not the emphasis. If a strong brow is done with the architectural eye line and lashes, it would look cartoonish. The brow this season is simply groomed and shaped,” explains Bennett.