Five wonderful, wacky runway trends
The bold and the bizarre ruled the catwalks.
Of the thousands of looks that strutted the Fall/Winter catwalks in New York, Milan and Paris, there were a few familiar themes but some, well, standout trends. Wonderful, bold and in-your-face, or just plain wacky. You decide.
Trend: Bleached eyebrows
You might be seeing them for the first time but actually bleached brows aren’t newbies in the fashion world. Givenchy and Marc Jacobs have favored them forever and now they’re back, bigger and bushier. While they may look off center there is something to be said about bleached brows. Brows have come into their own as face framers and lighting them up a few shades can really open up your face and soften strong makeup looks like berry lips or smoky eyes.
Tempted? It may not be a bad idea to try it out. While bleaching per se is bad for hair because it damages the follicles, luckily brow hair has a shorter life span and can handle an occasional bleach. But don’t try this at home. Bleach turns dark eyebrow hairs orange so get it done at the salon where a professional can tint them a medium brown. Besides, you don’t want to get bleach into your eyes! But play it safe and fake it by using a blonder brow pencil on them first and gauge how you look.
Trend: Eyelid line
A throwback to the 1960s, the look was first made famous by supermodel Twiggy Lawson, but is now ruling the catwalks at Fendi and Narciso Rodreguez. It’s a no investment, funky look definitely worth a try if you want to stand out at a party. Don’t try this at work though unless you want people to think you applied eyeliner in your sleep. With a small eyeliner or angled shadow brush, line just slightly above the natural crease of your eyes with a dark brown, grey, or black shadow that really stands out. Loose powders works best but if you have shaky hands, use an eyeliner pencil lightly. Remember to smudge slightly so that it doesn’t look harsh.
Trend: Eye stars
Remember the stars we painted on our face at the school carnival? Well, this is the cooler version of the same. Small, sparkly and perfect for the upcoming party season. After all, why should nails have all the fun? It’s high time eyes got blingy too! At the Christian Dior show in Paris last year every lissome model strutted out with gorgeously sparkly jeweled eyelids in every color of the rainbow. This year the Tommy Hilfiger and A. Detacher shows sparkled with jeweled eyes. Want to own the look? Try applying crystals or rhinestones over brightly colored cream eye shadow.
Trend: Colored brows
The one thing you can say is that they are bold and brassy. Doable? We’re not so sure. After big and bushy they were bleached and then they were golden, at least at the Christian Dior show. And now they’re colored, every pastel shade you can think of. Reigning eyebrow queen Cara Delevingne was spotted with blue eyebrows and soon after British fashion editors followed suit with green and purple brows. “Eyebrows are the new lips,” drawled avant garde fashionistas after the Badgley Mischka show that complimented the ‘Marie Antoinette on the Moon’ vibe. Well one thing’s certain. It’s definitely the easiest way to spice up a boring outfit.
Trend: Matte red lipstick
Forget the gloss, matte never looked so stunning. It ruled the roost at Burberry and Zac Posen. Red lips are having a moment and in Gwyneth Paltrow’s words, “There’s nothing like a kick ass red to give you a boost of confidence.” Today’s most doable trend is the matte red, made famous also by Rihanna and Dita von Teese. The best part; it refines any look and it’s the most modern way to wear red. Just remember to keep the rest of your look understated and super clean. Simply accentuate your eyes with lashings of mascara and dust some bronzer along your temples and cheeks.
Finding the red for you is a piece of cake. Fair or light tones look lovely in bright hues of red, especially colors with a hint of orange. Medium, wheatish skins look great in reds with a hint of pink (think coral). Dusky beauties rock deeper berry and wine reds.
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