Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fall Trend Alert – Film Noir!

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Fashion and beauty trends often refer to the past, and this fall is no different. The cinematic inspiration for many designers on the runway for fall and winter 2013 is Film Noir, and no wonder! It makes you think of elegant heroines and dangerous femme fatales, both oozing in confidence. There’s a dark, sexy glamour that surrounds this trend, with the striking silhouettes and dramatic ensembles. And the makeup that goes along with it is equally alluring!

For a true FIlm Noir-inspired look, you need to focus on a strong eye or a strong lip. Go for either a smoldering, smoky eye or a dark red lip, never combined. There’s enough drama in this trend without having too many features compete for the spotlight. You can always refer to last week’s post for an up-to-date fall smoky eye, or you can make your own palette using your favorite eye shadows.

Suggested Smoky Eye Palettes
-Socialite Collection: Metallic, Black Velvet, Glam, Mime
-Hollywood Glamour Collection: Sage, Gunmetal, Luminous, Cameo
-A-List Collection: Black Velvet, Mulberry, Sugar Lily, Rose Mist
-Holiday Collection: Vixen, Black Velvet, Glam, Frost

For a dark lip, the absolute perfect shade for this trend is Guilty Pleasure. It practically screams Film Noir. It’s the perfect vampy color for fall and winter, plus it looks great on women of every age. This deep berry colored lipstick applies a little lighter than how it looks in the tube, so don’t get too intimidated. It’s a wearable way to try this trend for yourself. For a bright red lip, I’d recommend Icon lipstick. It’s that true red that will make you think classic Hollywood.

Heighten the drama with contoured cheekbones, but be sure to keep your skin matte. Save the shimmer for summer! This fall trend is about making your skin look smooth and flawless, rather than dewy. You’ll want to shy away from your liquid products, like Liquid Hydration or BB Crème at least for now anyway, in favor of products that will accentuate the matte features of your face, like Invisibly Matte or Matte Finishing Powder. Check out my earlier blog post for even more matte skin tips!

If you’re considering a new look this fall, now is the perfect time to channel your inner femme fatale with the Film Noir trend!

xo Kate

Get the Look – Fall Smoky Eye

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This is a pretty standard soft, smoky eye look, but here we used colors from our new Fall 2013 line for a trendy take on a classic look. It’s not a hard technique to master, but it is easier with a little practice. You should absolutely start out the eye with Eye Shadow Primer, because there is nothing more severe than a sketchy, unblended smoky eye. It’s not modern and sultry like the look we’re going for.

To begin, use the softness of the Blending Brush to lightly pat Gunmetal pressed eye shadow onto the lid to build up coverage to the desired darkness. Continue this patting motion up to the crease and then softly blend any harsh edges. Then dust Sage onto the center of the eye lid to create extra brightness. Using the Eye Define Brush, press Gunmetal into the corner of the eye and blend through the crease to add definition. Then take the Large Fluff Brush to dust Cameo or Luminous (depending on your skin tone) under the brow to open up the eye. Use this same color on the inner corner of your eye to keep your eyes looking even more open.

To create the soft liner underneath the bottom lashes, start with Raven Natural Eye Liner on the inner rim of the eye. Using the point of the pencil, fill in as close to the lash line on the outer corner. Dab the tip of the Eye Define Brush in Sage, and use it to smudge the raven eye liner all along the lash line until your lashes stop towards the inner corner. Mixing the shadow with the liner will create a soft and smoky yet defined line underneath the eye.

For the rest of the face, use the Angle Brush to apply Classy Coral Blush. Start the color on the backside of the cheekbone and blend towards the center of the face. Starlet Lipstick and Girl Meets Pearl Lip Gloss can stand alone without lip liner to create a softer lip. The focus in this look is the smoky eye, so the key is to make sure there is less color and emphasis on the cheeks and lips!

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xo Kate