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A Rich Season

By: Abby Penning
Posted: September 21, 2007
Courtesy of Skin Inc. magazine.

Although the weather outside is starting to cool down, the makeup world’s autumn color trends are just beginning to sizzle. The onset of fall’s crisp weather doesn’t just mean color changes for leaves—deep, dramatic cosmetic hues are popping up just as summer is winding down.

“Being as it’s fall, you get colors reflecting the season’s change,” says Darrell Redleaf, celebrity beauty expert. “They are much cozier and are showing more golds and coppers. They’re warm and toasty as we wind into the holidays.”

And even with sleeves getting longer and strappy sandals getting packed away for another year, the colder weather doesn’t mean less fashion fun. Rich hues can easily spice up a cold weather wardrobe, and color for the face is equally enchanting, setting up for an elegant, vibrant season.

“There is an interesting combination of colors, such as chili pepper red, which suggests a multicultural influence this season,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of More Alive With Color (Capital Books, 2006). And due to this influence, autumn’s hot hues for the eyes, lips and complexion include a mix ranging from charcoal gray, midnight sky blue and gray-green to rich red, dusty rose and deep purple wine.