Affordable Makeup Trends for Fall 2011

If you’re looking for a way to revamp your style but don’t have the cash to splurge on this season’s designer duds, try freshening up your look with a few of the runways’ fashionable makeup trends. Fall 2011 is as much about a bold wardrobe as it is about bold makeup. Here are some of the top trends that you can easily translate into your everyday style.

Seventies Style

Influence from the 70s has been an overriding theme the past few seasons, but Fall 2011 is all about seductive glamour. Sweeping cat eyes and deep red lips made a statement at Gucci, and shocked people with her bold cat eye makeup at the Venice Film Festival. If you’re looking to emulate this look, wear it with an equally elegant outfit. A bit of metallic shimmer on the inside corner of your eye can brighten a bold, smoky cat eye. Finish off the look with a dark shade of red on your lips, accentuated by a touch of gloss in the center.

Natural Skin, Rosy Cheeks

Clean, smooth skin is a consistent favorite on runways. This year, models embraced their natural skin tones rather than turn to gobs of bronzer. To bring out the beauty of natural skin, designers like Marc Jacobs opted for rosy pink cheeks that looked like the models had just stepped in from the cold. The soft hint of color is an easy look to try without worrying that you’ll look too made up. Coral is a good place to start if you’re unsure of what pinks work best with your skin tone. NARS Cream Blush in Lokoum is what was used at the Marc Jacobs show. For makeup minimalists, the rosy cheek trend looks especially good paired with this season’s eyebrow trend.

Bold Brows

Ladies, step away from the tweezers because the days of overly-plucked eyebrows are long passed. Reminiscent of Brooke Shields, the Chloe runway was filled with models sporting full, filled-in eyebrows. The shape is a bit more square than angular, creating a bold frame for eyes. Although brows this season are full, they are definitely not unkempt. Pluck away strays that are far from the actual brow, and use an eyebrow brush to smooth on a bit of hairspray to keep your natural brows in place. Use a brow pencil for a more dramatic look, or fill in brows with some shadow for a softer appearance.

Technicolor Tones

Neon colors adorned the faces of models at the Jil Sander show with bold hues on both their eyes and lips. Other shows stuck to a more wearable look, sweeping a wash of color over the eyes and keeping the rest of the face natural. If you want to try the more dramatic look, opt for simple yet sophisticated hair and wardrobe options so they don’t clash with your brightly colored face.

These Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils are perfect for adding that pop of color on your lids.

Dramatic Eyeliner

Miu Miu, among other designers, featured a nude face accented by thick eyeliner well above the natural lash line. The overall effect is edgy, and it would work well with mod outfits like the bold black and white graphics that are so popular this season. Try using a gray or brown eyeliner to make the look a bit more feminine.

The best thing about the makeup trends of Fall 2011 is that they can makeover your style without breaking your budget. Whether you’re looking for a dramatic new look for fall, or you just want a quick fix to freshen up your face, these makeup trends offer something for everyone.

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  • Stela Pham

    October 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I am soooo glad we are done with the overly-plucked eyebrows. This is the reason why one should NEVER tattoo eyebrows. The trend […] Read MoreI am soooo glad we are done with the overly-plucked eyebrows. This is the reason why one should NEVER tattoo eyebrows. The trend change constantly and one can so easily be outdated. Read Less

  • Chrissy

    October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I tried the rosy cheeks, and I think my skin is too dark. In the Marc Jacobs look, the blush is applied in long downward […] Read MoreI tried the rosy cheeks, and I think my skin is too dark. In the Marc Jacobs look, the blush is applied in long downward angle so that it looks like you've been out in the cold for a while (that's what was described as the look he was going for)... for me, it just looks like i'm kinda bruised. Maybe I need to try a better blush color! Read Less

  • Christina Pham

    October 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    tried that rosy cheek look but I think I'm too tan :[.

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