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NYFW Fall 2013 Nail Recap: It’s Matte, Matte and More Matte

honor-nyfw-fall-2013This fall, traditional rich tones get an update — they are going matte. Possibly the coolest, most wearable trend I spotted backstage at New York Fashion Week — nails were decidedly un-shiny. Matte black, navy and burgundy polishes were shown at Nonoo, Karen Walker, Tibi and Rebecca Taylor. Deborah Lippmann featured the. most. gorgeous. matte color at the Honor show using a new formula with a shade called Harem Silks From Bombay — unfortunately it’s so hot-off-the-presses it won’t be available until the end of the year (I know, I know, that feels like forever). But don’t worry, you can still get the look now. Lippmann suggests using a combo of:

deborah-lippmann-nail-color-dark-side-of-the-moon-wicked-gameDeborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dark Side of the Moon, $17, and Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Wicked Game, $17,

lippmann-collection-flat-topTop with her ultra-matte topcoat Deborah Lippmann Flat Top, $20

Here are a few other awesome matte top coats to try and get the effect:

essie-matte-about-you-finisherEssie Matte About You Finisher, $10

rescue-beauty-lounge-matte-top-coatRescue Beauty Lounge Matte Top Coat, $18

What do you think? Shiny or matte?

images courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

NYFW Fall 2013 Makeup Recap: Nude Lips Reigned

jenny-packham-laura-mercier-nyfw-fall-2013It was all about a minimal lip at NYFW. These looks are so purdy that ladies, you might be tempted to use up your oxblood lipsticks as fast as you can. The natural lip made the models look really fresh and beautiful, with a tinge of 90’s grunge — whether paired with an edgy geometric cat eye, a punk smoky eye or an all-over natural face. Most of these looks were created with only the use of lip balm (MAC Lip Conditioner, $15, was often the balm of choice), though some used concealer to tone down redness in the lip and others used nude shades of lip liner. The best trick came courtesy of makeup artist Talia Shobrook at the Jenny Packham show (above). To create an ultra-feminine lip, Shobrook applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Seashell, $24 onto the lip’s Cupid’s bow, the curve of the upper lip. This subtle highlighting creates the illusion of a fuller lip and adds definition to lip shape. Adding the final touch, Shobrook lightly dabbed lips with Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Pink Blush, $26. Here are other nude lip looks we loved from New York Fashion week:


A mix of Marianne Faithfull meets punk rock at Marc Jacobs

helmut-lang-nars-nyfw-fall-2013Au naturel at Helmut Lang

tanya-taylor-nars-nyfw-fall-2013Retro and flirty at Tanya Taylor

monique-lhuillier-mac-nyfw-fall-2013Edgy at Monique Lhuillier

donna-karan-mac-nyfw-fall-2013Glam at Donna Karan

Do you love a nude lip or prefer color?

images courtesy of NARS and MAC. Top image via: wwd.com

Q: Is There Cat Eye That’s Modern, Not Retro?

-cat-eye-1Question: I love the look of a cat eye with liquid liner, but I’m afraid when I do it, I’ll look too 60’s — like I’m playing dress up.  Any ideas how to make it more “now”? – Sarah

Answer: A cat eye can be tricky, especially when you try to figure out how far to flick out the line and at what angle. The cat eye is a HUGE trend showing up all over the Fall 2013 shows, so it’s a good time to practice up.

At the Lauren Moffatt presentation, makeup artist Samantha Trinh for Kevyn Aucoin created the perfect-for-everyday cat eye, set against dark brows, sculpted cheeks and a nude lip. It was inspired by the 60’s — a combination of Sofia Lauren and Mod — with a futuristic twist that keeps the angle straight, not curved up at the sides. Too thick or too winged can date you, says Trinh. The key is to keep the line very thin. Here’s how to get the look in six steps:

Step 1: Take any liquid liner pen or pot liner, and apply on to the back of your hands to make an ink palette (Trinh used Kevyn Aucoin Precision Liquid Liner in Black, $32).

Step 2: Using a flat or angled brush, dab, using tiny dips, a super thin line from the inner corner to the outer corner. This gives you more control than a pen and keeps the line from growing thicker and thicker as you paint.

lauren-moffatt-cat-eye-3Step 3: While looking straight ahead, not down, continue this line just past the end of your eye.

Step 4: Draw a very thin “V” between the outer edge of the top line and the corner of the bottom lower lashes. Again, this makes the cat eye look ultra modern.

muji-thin-cotton-swabsStep 5: Take a q tip and clean up the line. Try Muji Thin Cotton Swabs, $4, to get a precise fix.

Step 6: Apply mascara to the top lashes (Trinh used a combo of Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara, $25 and Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara, $25). Then dab a tiny bit of mascara on the tips of your lower lashes. Too much can create a shadow effect and make you look tired.

Jason Wu’s Violet Indigo Cat Eye: A look To Try From Backstage At Fashion Week

jason-wu-blue-shadow-2-fall-2013-nyfwA violet indigo cat eye is a major statement — one that I’m really dying to try. Makeup artist Diane Kendal created the look, paired with muted lips and cheeks, based on a swatch from Wu’s dark colbalt Finale Dress. Gorgeous. Lucky for you, the indigo shadow will be part of the Jason Wu Lancôme Collection, in stores soon.

jason-wu-blue-shadow-1-fall-2013-nyfwAlong with the covet-worthy indgo shadow, Kendal created the look with:

lancôme-le-crayon-khol-purple-duskLancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Purple Dusk, $26,

lancôme-liner-design-gel-eyeliner-violet-stylistaLancôme Liner Design Gel EyeLiner in Violet Stylista, $25, and topped it with

lancome-hypnose-drama-mascaraLancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara in Excessive Black, $27.

Stay tuned for more gorgeous beauty looks from New York Fashion Week!

images via style.com