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!