Wondering what trends Fall 2011 will bring? From retro bombshell hair to metallic lids and lips, this season beautifully blends classic and modern. Elle teaches you how to master the season’s hottest hair and makeup.
Metallic Touches with Matte Skin
Dab cream shadow onto the inner corner of eyes for a brightening effect, or pat an icy-hue powder over crimson lips. “The silver gives that metallic finish, and the red warms it up—more sensual and feminine,” says Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux. Matte skin makes ethereal touches stand out. Combat unwanted shine with pressed powder and blotting papers.
Statement Blush with Nude Lips
Focus color on the apples and cheekbones (above the jawline could be mistaken for an unfortunate rash), and stick to a pink hue—mauve or bronze shades aren’t as “youthful,” says McGrath. Nude lips give an artful contrast to exaggerated blush and “keep the focus on the skin.”
Navy Nails with Rounded Tips
Since dark shades show wear and tear faster than a neutral tone, prep nails with a base coat. “It gives the polish something to adhere to so it won’t chip as quickly,” says Mike Potter, creator of Knock Out Cosmetics, who used the shade backstage at DKNY’s New York show. Bonus: A base prevents the polish from staining the nail.
The ‘Hitchcock’ Bouffant with a Side Part
Prep wet hair with a volumizing spray, then blow-dry. Back-comb (and comb and comb) at the crown for desired height, then coil into a French twist, securing with pins. A side part gives a “’60s feel, yet stylized,” says Guido Palau, Redken creative consultant. GET THE REST HERE!