5 Trends in 5 Days

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Have you ever seen a new fashion or makeup trend on the runway or in a magazine and while you love the look, are scared of trying it yourself?  Luckily for you, I’ve decided to be your guinea pig for some of fall’s hottest trends.  From greige nails to a “nearly nude” makeup look, here are 5 trends in 5 days, with a fresh faced picture of me, before the trend mayhem begins!

Everywhere you look, dark seductive lips are popping up.  They are neither Goth nor gloomy and lean strongly towards a purple based color.  Not only are these dark lips a powerful statement on their own, they are frequently being paired with soft and smoky eyes.  Keep your foundation matte and your blush minimal.  If you do decide this look may be your new go-to for a glam night out, be sure to line your lips first and fill them in using a lip brush for precision.  Matte or glossy, you decide, but whatever you choose, you can be sure that your lips will be a focal point.

Want an update to your hairstyle but don’t want to do anything too dramatic?  Why not try a new look by having your hairstylist cut longer bangs  for you that you can style either straight down, pulled to the side or even pinned back.  The cut of the bangs will be determined by your face shape, but this is a super easy way to mix up your look from day to day without taking off length or volume from the rest of your hair.

Ever heard of a nude or “no-makeup” makeup look?  It’s a way of applying makeup that contours and accents the dimensions of your face without actually looking like you’re wearing makeup, when in fact you are.  Neutral colors in tan, taupe and cream will help you achieve this look, and a bronzer will define cheekbones and add warmth to your face.  A quick application of mascara and cinnamon colored lipstick or clear gloss are all you need to make you look surprisingly bare.  Naked? No!  Fresh and Polished? Yes!

Every now and then a new buzzword for a trend comes around and this year, greige is it.  Greige is a grey-beige nail color that is popping up everywhere.  Not only is greige becoming a new neutral, but khaki, slate and mauve are forming the nail color trends for fall.  While these colors are not as dark as last year’s black, navy and deep purple, it does still take some getting used to.  It’s more of a statement color than it is a pretty one, so you may want to consider an affordable brand like Joe Fresh from Superstore so that you don’t break the bank while you test drive these new shades.

I love the understated, side swept updos that continue to pop up in fashion spreads and red carpets alike.  To achieve this look, arm yourself with lots of bobby pins and a large hand held mirror so that you can pin and tuck your strands into a loose and messy, but sophisticated, updo.  Pull your hair to the side and secure it with a small hair elastic.  Now take the loose strands and pin them into and around the sides of the ponytail until you’ve hidden the elastic and created a curly concoction.  Consider a pretty brooch or well-placed comb with gemstones to kick up the girly factor.

Trends come and go, some more quickly than others, but while they’re here, you have the chance to reinvent yourself or just try something new for fun.  If it isn’t for you, wait for the next trend, but definitely keep on trying!

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

2 Responses to “5 Trends in 5 Days”

  1. natasha says:

    great article! greige – who knew?! i especially love the side-swept updo on you; gorgeous!

  2. E Bessel says:

    I love it!! Great ideas and great illustrations!!!
    And I learned a whole bunch of new things AGAIN!!
    You’re a super teacher!

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