Runway Rewind: Best of Beauty for Fall ’13

Our national beauty director, Debra Redmond, gives us the scoop on three beauty trends from the fall ’13 runways as seen at New York and London Fashion Weeks.

1. Skin with a natural radiance at Christopher Kane, Burberry Prorsum and Rebecca Taylor

“Skin had a natural sculpt with radiant definition. Primer was a must-have, as it evened out complexions but left the skin looking smooth and not makeup-heavy. Use a cream foundation and or blush one shade darker than your skin tone to create a natural sculpted definition in the hollows of your cheeks, along your jaw and on the sides of your nose. Apply luminizer on your brow and your cheekbones, right above your blush; set with a finishing powder to achieve a satin-matte finish.

2. Graphic, smoky eyes at Altuzarra, Donna Karan and Jason Wu

Perhaps the most versatile look in your repertoire is the smoky eye, and mixing up the finish with shape and intensity is what makes this perennial staple revolutionary for the fall season. Goth met sensual aesthetics when it came to the prominent eye seen on many runways during Fashion Week ’13. Whether they detailed with classic black or shades of plums, grays and blues, artists upped the smoldering quotient with pops of unexpected reds.

3. Velvet Bordeaux-stained lips at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zac Posen and Kenneth Cole

Lips for the fall season were extremely seductive. From the juicy berry stains to the three-dimensional red velvet finishes, audiences were captivated by their sophisticated sleekness. Inspired by Victorian opulence with an ultra-cool gothic edge; the variation of deep plums, berries, rubies and garnets were mesmerizing. We saw two types of application when creating this femme fatale lip:

1) It’s all about the subtle variations in color. Start with a bright red lipstick applied with your finger to the center of the lip, and finish by defining the mouth with a dark burgundy shade at the corners applied with a brush. The intent is to have the two colors transition into each other while still maintaining individuality. The result: velvety va va voom!

2) Apply red lipstick in the center of the lips, blot it off, top it with a deeper-pigmented purple and then blot that off as well. Repeat this process until the lips are stained with the perfect jewel-tone effect.”

Take a peek inside Debra’s beauty bag and learn her secrets to surviving Fashion Week and looking fabulous.

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