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Pretty Palettes

The winter runways showed a variety of makeup styles to complement the latest fashions. Here, we break down the luxe looks of the season.

Shadows for fall and winter 2013 included peacock colors mixed with pinks, purples, blue-greens, and jewel tones and smudged, smoky kohl liners for a messy-on-purpose “morning after” look. Elizabeth Arden’s palettes include shimmering shades that let your eyes pop. For a look that takes the concept of “natural” even further, Neal’s Yard Remedies is an organic line that achieves on-trend lightly metallic finishes in Earth-compatible hues, such as silver birch, moss, wild plum, barley, cocoa, bluebell, oat, and hibiscus.

Shadows for fall and winter 2013 included peacock colors mixed with pinks, purples, blue-greens, and jewel tones and smudged, smoky kohl liners for a messy-on-purpose “morning after” look. Elizabeth Arden’s palettes include shimmering shades that let your eyes pop. For a look that takes the concept of “natural” even further, Neal’s Yard Remedies is an organic line that achieves on-trend lightly metallic finishes in Earth-compatible hues, such as silver birch, moss, wild plum, barley, cocoa, bluebell, oat, and hibiscus.

Eye Style

Shadows for fall and winter 2013 included peacock colors mixed with pinks, purples, blue-greens, and jewel tones and smudged, smoky kohl liners for a messy-on-purpose “morning after” look. Elizabeth Arden’s palettes include shimmering shades that let your eyes pop. For a look that takes the concept of “natural” even further, Neal’s Yard Remedies is an organic line that achieves on-trend lightly metallic finishes in Earth-compatible hues, such as silver birch, moss, wild plum, barley, cocoa, bluebell, oat, and hibiscus.

Getting Cheeky

Pretty flushed cheeks are sure signs of colder weather’s approach. A bit of blush on the apples of the cheeks gives a radiant look. “It’s natural, youthful, and looks great on everyone. This gives skin a beautiful flush and really finishes a makeup look.” Craig-Ryan of Paul & Joe Beaute adds, “The past few seasons, we have seen an antique ‘vintage revival,’” which involves keeping an emphasis on the lips “with a naked eye, flawless skin, and minimal blush.”

Nailing It

“Brightly colored nail shades can serve as a great compliment to the traditional dark or muted clothing colors many women typically wear during the winter months,” says Elle, the celebrity nail artist and color curator for Dermelect. She suggests shades, such as the chartreuse “all the envy” looking great with neutral knits in black, gray, or chocolate brown. “Also,” she adds, “bright colors can be incorporated as bold accents with a number of the most trendy and chic nail art ideas.”

Katie Hughes, global color ambassador for Butter London says that, for winter, “its all about texture and depth. We’re seeing a lot of glitter and holographic finishes!” Hughes is inspired by the creative energy backstage at fashion weeks around the world. “We translated the texture trend we noticed [in fabrics] to nails through the infusion of glitter particles and metallic and holographic finishes. The color tones speak to earthiness but are not specifically earth tones—think rust, shimmering greens, and silvers. The collection feels future-forward but not futuristic!”

Lip Lock

The lip story coming out of recent runways was one of dark and light. Rich, red lips led the bold colors, followed by deep burgundy and intense wines and chocolates with a glossy shine. “To let your lips make the statement,” says Janice Souza, vice president of Kaplan MD Skincare, “pair soft natural eyes and a kiss of winter chill on the apple of the cheeks with a bold red lip gloss.” Craig-Ryan, a Paul & Joe Beaute global makeup artist says, “The trend is romantic, mysterious, similar to a dark fairytale. It reminds me of Snow White—after she has bitten the poisoned apple! The look is both daring and sensual.”

However, these extremes aren’t for everyone. For example, Chantecaille offers its top seller, Lip Chic, in a very wearable raspberry called “nocturne” that works as a wintry pink alternative to the season’s ubiquitous reds. Elizabeth Arden global makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo suggests, “If you’re afraid of a dark lip, just go for a dark shade of a color you normally wear.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are natural faces with nude or pale pink lips. Souza says, “Smoky eyes and soft cheeks pair perfectly with nude lips for a sultry winter look.”