The Top Beauty Trends From London Fashion Week Fall 2010

From plum shadow to slicked hair.
Michelle Villett
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From plum shadow to slicked hair.

Compared to New York, London's Fashion Week has a younger, edgier, more experimental vibe. While New York is all about looking polished and well-groomed—think the typical Michael Kors show, where the models look like they stepped off a private jet—London is slightly rough around the edges. Their designers seem to take more risks—which, of course, keeps things interesting for us. However, as far as beauty goes, I've got good news: these trends are still very wearable. Here's my lowdown on the four big ones:

Eye Spy: Just like we saw in New York, there's some experimentation going on in London with eyeshadow. (But not too much—lips seem to be the bigger story for fall.) At Erdem, it was the classic smoky eye story but with a twist: it's done in a pretty plum palette, which would flatter just about everyone. (And don't you love the ballerina hair and black headbands? Adorable.) Matthew Williamson went for a stronger look, sending models out with a swipe of charcoal shadow above the crease. I'm not sure I'd do this myself, but surprisingly, I don't hate it. With the gleaming pale skin, it looks kind of cool and strong.

Pastel Garden: After overdosing on pink in my younger years, I've been shying away from pastels of all kinds. But Jonathan Saunders shows how it's done right, makeup-wise: a sheer wash of grey-ish lavender on the lids paired with pinky cheeks and lips. There's also a touch of illuminating product on the cheeks. Pretty! The models at Christopher Kane had, well, that classic English Rose look. (Sorry—you knew you'd get that reference at least once when discussing London Fashion Week.)

Slicked: I'm mildly horrified by the slicked-back, '80s-style, wet-look hair that's going on at Richard Nicoll and Marios Schwab. Please, God, don't let this trend come back! If you're so inclined, I think the Marios Schwab example is more wearable—the product is used to hold a deep side part in place, instead of just slicking everything straight back. And one more thing, if I may? Skip the oversized '80s earrings. This one looks like a jumbo paper clip.

Disco Fever: I've got to say, I'm a huge fan of the Blondie-esque hair and makeup at Roksanda Ilincic. I've no idea how to achieve the hair—you'll need some mad skillz to achieve that level of awesome, fuzzy curl—so I won't advise you on that. But the makeup looks easy: it's all about the glossy red mouth (also seen at the aforementioned Richard Nicoll). Whereas red lips have been fairly matte in the past few seasons, gloss, as well as the slightly brownish-red colour, makes them look fresh. Very early '80s, but this time, in a good way.

What do you think of these London looks? Will you be trying any of them out? Which one is your favourite?