The Top 10 Beauty Trends for Fall 2011

Now that all the Fashion Weeks are dunzo, let's recap the prettiest beauty trends you should try—like, right now!
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Now that all the Fashion Weeks are dunzo, let's recap the prettiest beauty trends you should try—like, right now!
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We made it! Fashion Month is officially ovah for another six months, and wasn't it grand? So much easier to help ourselves to the bird's-eye Internet version than, as I said, having to get all dressed up in front of Anna Wintour and have people diss your attempt to be fashionable. (I STILL maintain that Emma Stone looked amazing, by the way—even if I was the only one who enjoyed her hair and makeup.)

Anyway, now that we've taken it all in—virtually, of course—it's time to simmer down and think about What It All Means. Yes, we ponder life's big questions here at BEAUTY EDITOR HQ.

As you know, I always like to jump right in and start predicting beauty trends left, right and centre right while they happen. But a little perspective is always good. Can I call six days perspective? Probably not, but I'm going to tell you about what I think were the top 10 beauty trends anyway.

Disclaimer: I mean the PRETTIEST beauty trends, of course. Sure, there was an androgynous thing happening at Dolce & Gabbana, but I'm going to assume that if you are reading a beauty blog you do not want to look like a man. AMIRITE?

Oh, and before we start, two more things. First, skin. It was very, very, natural. Not dewy, not shimmery, not too matte, just normal, real skin. So yay! You don't really have to do anything on that front.

And brows: they are no longer bleaching the shiz out of them. Which I assume you weren't doing at home anyway (although I did).

Okay, now let's continue.

TREND TO TRY #1: BIG, FAT, JUICY RED LIPS

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Seen at: Temperley London, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander

Why you should care: Whereas we saw tons of different lip colours on the spring runways—and remember, spring hasn't even happened yet, so we can still get to wear them!—I think the colour of choice for fall was bright red. And double points if you have big fat lips to wear it with (although I suspect some of these looks were achieved by drawing just outside the lip line... which I can't really recommend for at-home). My absolute favourite was the Temperley London look (above), with Ralph Lauren (at the top of this post) coming a close second... although Jil Sander's colour-blocking take (with the teal eyeshadow) was also a very cool little micro-trend.

TREND TO TRY #2: THE LOW BUN

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Seen at:Chanel, YSL, Stella McCartney

Why you should care: Last summer was all about the top knot, but now the low bun is having a moment. (It's also less man-repelling, just FYI.) I thought Chanel did it best, all loose and soft, instead of the super-tight YSL version. (Sorry YSL. You know I love your makeup.) To find out about the perfect bun-creating tool, check out this vid.

TREND TO TRY #3: NIFTY NAIL ART


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Seen at: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vivienne Tam, Behnaz Sarafpour, Badgley Mischka, Jen Kao, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Preen, Monique Lhuillier, Tibi

Why you should care: It's funny. New York was all about the fancy nail, but then London, Milan and Paris—with the exception of Thierry Mugler's Gaga Minx—kind of dropped the ball. But no matter, because there were already more than enough options outta NYC. My faves were at 3.1 Phillip Lim (dots not moons), Jason Wu (above, for a fancy-schmanzy special occasion) and (more realistically for a DIY), the colourful French manis at Tibi and Preen.

TREND TO TRY #4: BLACK EYELINER, 592 WAYS

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Seen at: Giorgio Armani, DSquared2, D&G, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Tam, Emilio Pucci

Why you should care: Honestly, there were so many creative and beautiful techniques that it doesn't really matter what you do with your black eyeliner—as long as you wear some. Probably the easiest to DIY were the Marc Jacobs (above) and Vivienne Tam versions—or the Pucci, because sometimes the path of least resistance is to just put on as much as you can and call it a day. The double-line Giorgio Armani one might be best left to the pros.

TREND TO TRY #5: EYESHADOW THAT'S (WAIT FOR IT) ALL THE WAY UP TO THE EYEBROWS


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Seen at: Prada, Chanel, Fendi, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone

Why you should care: You knew I was going to mention this one. And I maintain, based on Real Life Case Study Emma Stone, that it can actually look great. As long as you do it in a similarly pale colour, a la Prada (above) or Chanel. I don't think I want to see anybody in real life rocking the Fendi.

TREND TO TRY #6: THE LOW PONYTAIL

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Seen at: Valentino, Prada, Burberry Prorsum, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang

Why you should care: Isn't it nice to see the humble ponytail finally getting some respect? So many of us are guilty of just throwing our none-too-clean hair back with a grubby elastic... but this style can look all kinds of amazing with a little TLC. Valentino (above) did it best with the volume at the crown and the ribbons.

TREND TO TRY #7: WARM, EARTHY TONES


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Seen at: Rodarte, Vera Wang, Rag & Bone, Burberry Prorsum, Chloé

Why you should care: Rodarte (above) was really the poster child for this look, with that bronzy brown shade on the lips and the nails. And guess what? Yes, I had a "medium tones" rant—which was completely ignored by these designers, obvs—but because I am such a beauty victim, it looks like I might just be embracing this trend after all. If you're not down with it (and believe me, I understand), try a deep brown like at Vera Wang.

TREND TO TRY #8: PINK LIPS

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Seen at: Nina Ricci, Jenni Kayne, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan

Why you should care: We're still going strong with pink lipstick, folks, and while I was previously enamoured with Jenni Kayne-style hot pink, I'm now finding myself drawn to the Nina Ricci salmon. But honestly, I love them all—you simply cannot be in a bad mood when you wear pink lipstick of any kind. Unless it's shimmery.

TREND TO TRY #9: SPIDERY LASHES

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Seen at: Gianfranco Ferré, Gucci, Chanel, Chloé

Why you should care: Even though it's true that you DO look younger when you skip mascara—like we saw at Prada—the chunky lash thing is something everyone can do to make their eyes stand out more. I mean, think about it: you don't have to learn any complicated eyeshadow techniques or have the right colouring, etc. Everyone looks good in black mascara! I thought the Gianfranco Ferré look, above, was TO DIE.

TREND TO TRY #10: THE CENTRE PART

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Seen at: Chloé, Burberry Prorsum, Ralph Lauren, Temperley London

Why you should care: With a few noteworthy exceptions (like Chanel), the centre part was the way to go this season, whether hair was worn down or pulled back. My number one—on many levels—was the Chloé show, where the models had long, centre-parted hair with a bit of natural-looking bend to it. But the centre-parted low buns at Temperley London and Ralph Lauren were super-purty too!

So tell me...

What was your absolute favourite, can't-wait-to-try-it beauty trend from the F/W '11 shows?
Which trend(s) do you think you'll be quietly ignoring?
Did you almost forget that S/S '11 hasn't even happened yet? Because I'll just remind you, we still need to do our bright lips—particularly orange—and all of those colourful shades (like turquoise!) on the eyelids.