This year’s trends were marked by both a return to minimalism and a revival of colors, patterns and print from past decades. Make-up took an “au naturale” approach and hairstyles were kept as effortless as possible with the return of loose waves and the “I’m too lazy to retouch my roots” Ombre (half dark half light) hair trend.
The first half of the year was all about functionality when it came to fashion. However, fall -the season of change- is more focused on dramatic dark colors than functional cut and fit. As the haute couture runways of the summer showed us, this new season is full of structured tailoring and darker color palettes, mixed with at gothic-chic flare. Even the more romantic designers, like Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent, included a more androgynous and grunge look to their collections. So how does this translate to your day to day beauty routine? For one thing, you can kiss your tweezers goodbye since fall is all about thick and straight eyebrows. Bed hair will no longer be acceptable. This season, hairstyles took a turn from careless to very clean and structured up-dos. So it seems you will have to blow the dust out of your straightener and buy a can of hairspray, since flyaway hairs are an absolute no this fall. The summer sun tends to damage your hair, so in order to revitalize your locks use deep conditioning products such as Morrocan oil or Frederic Fekkai’s after sun daily mask in order to rid your hair of its summer damages. This will allow you to achieve your elegant up-do without having to worry about split ends. Wearing your hair up doesn’t leave much room to hide frizz, so hair products such as John Frieda frizz ease serum or Bumble and Bumble defrizz are enormously helpful in your daily battle against rebellious hairs.
As your summer tan fades away and fall marks the return to a more gothic style, in order to add color to your face this season’s makeup trends consist of a hybrid between 1950’s pin up girl and punk-rock chic. This means dramatic Cleoptara-like eyeliner, smoky eyes with a hint of bronze and burgundy or dark red lips. In order to complete a more striking Goth look, blush must be kept to a minimum which will create a contrast with your smokey eyes and dark lips. Although it’s good for your spirits, the sun is never as nice to your skin. To avoid damaged summer skin and prepare yourself for the dryness that cooler climates bring along with them, incorporating products like Benefit the POREfessional to your daily skin care routine will both moisturize your skin and reduce the appearance of large pores.
With the beginning of what most fashion houses consider the season of renewal, both your wardrobe and your nail polish collection should shift from neon’s, brights and prints to black, maroon and electric blue. Instead of using pastels and neon’s on your nails you should approach darker and richer tones such as grey, maroon and black. Shades such as Essie nail polish in Power Clutch or Luxedo and Opi in Manicurist of Seville are perfect examples of what your nails should look like this fall. When choosing lip colors for this autumn keep in mind the following fruit: Strawberry, Cherry, Raspberry and Plum. As the weather gets colder and the summer comes to an end, do not fall into a back to school gloomy mood but embrace the beginning of this new school year in style with the variety of tips included in this article.