Cheri Botiz, Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, takes you behind the scenes of the New York Fashion Week runways, highlighting the hottest trends in beauty for Fall 2012 with tips to help you get the look now!
1 – Monochromatic Eyes. In shades of purple, browns and even reds, these were everywhere backstage. Easy, effortless beauty was part of the overall tone and this eye look falls right in line. A darker monochromatic eye lends itself more naturally to this trend.
Get the look: Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette in Teal Fury
2 – Matte Lips. We spotted matte lips on the runways again this season. Some shows featured a soft, almost nude matte, and others, bold pops of color, with a touch of blush or loose powder applied on top to eliminate shine.
Get the look: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave and loose powder on top.
3 – Sculpted Skin. This was big this season. Whether skin was dewy and glowing or natural and matte, it was also sculpted. Cheeks were defined; white highlight was applied to the temples and nose along with a little illumination at the cupid’s bow for definition.
Get the look: M·A·C Cream Color Base in Luna or Pearl and Shiseido ‘The Makeup’ Luminizing Satin Face Color in Wt905 High Beam White
4 – Perfectly Groomed Brows. These were present at most runway shows—whether strong and overstated or left au naturale—brows were perfectly brushed up and well kept.
Get the look: Clinique Brow Keeper or Bobbi Brown ‘Natural ‘ Brow Shaper & Hair Touch-Up
5 – Flushed Cheeks. A healthy, flushed look made its way to the runways. A heavy dose of blush and a little bit of a highlight on the apple of the cheeks mimicked the look of just coming in from a cold jog.
Get the look: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Voile de Blush’ Gel Blush in No.1
6 – A Less-Defined Eye. Many looks we saw backstage favored this approach. Eyeliner and sometimes mascara and shadow were skipped altogether in favor of an easy, more natural look. Achieve a less-defined eye by forgoing eyeliner. Instead, use an eyeshadow around the eye, or opt for fewer coats of mascara.
Get the look: M•A•C Eyeshadow in Cork, Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara
7 – Accented Nails. We saw the ordinary manicure elevated in two ways this season. One, transform your everyday manicure by adding a “French tip” to it in a bold, new shade. Or two, go vertical and accent the sides of your nail for a shaded effect.
Get the look: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dark Side of the Moon for a base and Nefertiti for a gold tip.
8 – Vintage Hair. Hair went back in time this season with a vintage vibe—in some cases, even Victorian. Pinning the hair up in curls, and then unraveling it to give bounce and volume, was a common sight. Hair was also treated to give a distressed effect—for example, dehydrating it with a dry shampoo.
Get the look: Sultra ‘Bombshell’ Curling Iron and OSCAR BLANDI ‘Pronto’ Dry Shampoo Spray