Real Runway Beauty: Get the Looks at Home

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Real Runway Beauty: Get the Looks at Home
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It’s finally the season to wear the looks we saw on the runway back in February at Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. From bold red lips to cobalt cat eyes, there’s no shortage of fall makeup trends to try. Find out how to take these ten wearable looks from the runway to every day.

Minimalism with a Jolt of Color
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Minimalism with a Jolt of Color

At the Marc by Marc Jacobs show, models donned matte red lips that were cartoonish and playful yet sophisticated and classic. Recreate the look by first concealing any redness or spots--you want your skin to have a matte velvet finish to provide a canvas for the bold pigment. Take a note from Shiseido artist director Dick Paige who blended beige and white eye shadows to create a faint “halo” of neutral shadow around the eye. Complete the minimalistic eye makeup by applying a coat of black mascara to just your upper lashes.

Star-Studded Locks
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Star-Studded Locks

Hair and makeup was nothing short of stellar at Rodarte’s Fall 2012 show at New York Fashion Week. Recreate the faux, chin-length bob constructed by hairstylist Odile by braiding and pinning the lower section of your hair then curling the upper section and tucking the ends under the braids. Add cosmic style to the look by pinning metal star applique hair combs in your hair. To achieve glowing skin, take notes from makeup artist James Kaliardos of NARS who was inspired in part by the Australian outback when creating the look for this show. Get the sun-soaked, dusty look by applying layers of bronzing powder to your cheeks and eyebrows. Then highlight your eyes by applying a shimmery white shadow to the inner corners and applying touch of bright pink eye shadow to the outer corners. A dusty pink lip completes the feminine look.

Romanticism with an Edge
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Romanticism with an Edge

The soft, lavender eye shadow seen on the runway at Jill Stuart’s show was the perfect mixture of romantic and edgy. To get the look, define your eyes by smudging black liner into the upper and lower lash line. Then blend two shades of purple shadows, such as violet and lilac, to achieve a diffused effect. Depending on the time of day, the occasion or your mood, you can amp up or tone down the shade. Finish the look by applying plenty of mascara.

Getting Graphic
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Getting Graphic

At the Lavin show, models looked fiercely feline sporting bold, graphic cat eyes. To get the high-gloss look, opt for a gel formula liner that will catch light. Start by applying the liner at the inner corners of your eyes. To achieve the dramatic look, continue the line such that the tail of the cat eye is aligned with the end of your brows. Extend the pigment from your lash line to the crease of your eyelids. To complete the graphic look, line just the center of your lower lashes to highlight your irises.

A Nod to Mod
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A Nod to Mod

The graphic cat eye in a bold indigo hue spotted on the runway at Anna Sui’s show recalled the mod ‘60’s: think Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy. While the thick line with feline-inspired flicks is somewhat classic, the single dot under each eye makes the look modern and slightly Bohemian. To create subtle contrast between your upper and lower lashes, apply a thin layer of white eyeliner along your lower lashes.

Between the Lines
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Between the Lines

The spaced-out eyeliner seen on the runway at Jen Kao’s Fall 2012 show demonstrates that liner no longer needs to be applied just to your lash line. The intentionally gapped double liner creates a distorted look that’s modern and fresh. To get the look, create two layers of liner parallel to one another: one right at the lash line and one slightly above it. Rather than starting to apply the liner right at the inner corners of your eyes, leave a gap between the inner corners and where the liner begins. Continue along your lash line and create a subtle cat eye at the outer corners. Start the second line slightly above the first and apply it parallel to your lash line, ending the line at the crease. Maximize the effect by leaving your lids bare of shadow.

Winter-Weathered
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Winter-Weathered

Shiseido artistic director Dick Page gave Michael Kors’ models winter-weathered cheeks and lips that recalled the natural flush achieved after spending a day on the ski slopes. To recreate the look, liberally apply pink blush to the apples of your cheeks. Mimic wind-kissed lips (without the “chap,” of course) by applying a bit of foundation to your lips before applying your lipstick to ensure that you get the shade closest to the pigment in the tube. For this look, you want to use a lipstick with a bit of shine—a matte lipstick could result in a chapped look.

Warrior Woman
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Warrior Woman

Jason Wu’s show featured smoky emerald eye makeup inspired by the Chinese military. Paired with a sleek, severe ponytail wrapped in black bondage tape, this look exudes sexy and tough. To get the look, apply and smudge emerald eyeliner into the lash line and up into the crease for that smoky effect. Blend dark green shadow into the crease and the outer corners of your eyes to add dimension. To recreate the defined eye, apply the shadow in an extended cat eye-esque shape at the outer corners of your eyes. Finish the strong look with black eyeliner and two coats of mascara.

Laid Back Beauty
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Laid Back Beauty

The look at Proenza Schouler was soft and natural with a “no makeup” quality to it. To accentuate your raw natural beauty, apply a warm brown eye shadow to your upper and lower eyelids and just a coat of clear or brown mascara. Leave the rest of your face bare and apply a simple lip balm. To finish off the look, let your hair dry naturally for that purposefully undone quality.

Rock ‘n’ Roll
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Rock ‘n’ Roll

The look at Rachel Zoe’s show was undeniably rocker chic: think Mick Jagger meets Kate Moss meets Marianne Faithfull. To get the look at home, first line your upper and lower lash lines with a regular black pencil. Then line the crease of your lid and smudge it slightly. Line your upper lid a second time with a liquid or gel liner to get that glossy finish. Extend the winged liner so that it connects with the crease liner to create a 3-D effect. Slightly messy, texturized locks with a single braid on the side complete the rock ‘n’ roll ready look.

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