It’s February! And we all know what makes this month so special – Fashion Week NY. With the festivities beginning on the 3rd, it will be hard to miss all the parties and runway shows that take over the city. Following fashion week is a great way to find out what trends will be the hottest this season. If you don’t have hours to spend plastered to the style channels and you haven’t secured a spot on the guest lists for any of the week’s events, this month’s article will sum up the beauty side of fashion week 2006 for you. We’ve analyzed the new spring collections of some of the world’s top designers and compiled a list of Papierdoll’s top 10 must-have-them-or-die beauty products for the new season.
What to expect to see on the runways:
06 is all about beautifully bronzed skin. Bronzers are being used from head to toe. The skirts are short this season, so long, lean legs need color. Self tanner can give you an all over sun-kissed look that will have people at the office wondering if you were really sick last week or playing hooky in the islands.
Try: Go Bronze Plus Self-Tanner by Estee Lauder- $28. $50. This bronzer is tinted, which allows you to not only see where you are placing it but also gives immediate results because of it’s tint.
Be sure to exfoliate and moisturize thoroughly before applying any self tanner. This will ensure a smooth application without and splotches of uneven color.
Try: Body Bling Lotion by Scott Barnes- $48. For a less permanent all-over body glow, try this bronze lotion that was made Scott barns famous. If you don’t already own a tube of this you need to make sure you have it on hand for this season. This product has a lot of shimmer. It may be best for nights out on the town. If you self-tan you can still layer this product over self-tanned skin to add radiance.
Pump out a dime-sized amount and apply liberally to all parts of the body except the face.
Self-tanners for the face can be tricky. First, remember, self-tanner for the body is for the body and self-tanner for the face is for the face. You never want to put self-tanner for the body on your face. If you choose to use a self tanner for the face be sure to exfoliate and hydrate the skin well prior to self-tanner application and be sure to use a tinted product so you can see where you are placing the product. Clothing can easily cover application mistakes on the body, but mistakes on the face take a little more work to correct.
Safer products to use on the face if you feel weary about self-tanners are bronzing gels. Bronzing gels give you the same naturally sun kissed glow that comes from a self-tanner but you can wash it off at the end of the day.
Try: Sun Gel by Stila- $24 for 1.7 oz. An oil free bronzing gel that gives the skin a healthy glow.
Mix a pea-sized amount of this shimmering bronzing gel to your moisturizer and apply all over before foundation. After foundation apply a little less than a pea-sized amount to the cheekbones and across the forehead close to the hairline with you fingertips. Blend product in with a sponge or your fingers.
Flawless skin will never go out of style. Season after season it will always be in to have great skin. There are a ton of things that factor into the way our skin looks. Skin care regimens, diet, exercise, stress and the environment all determine how great our skin looks and feels. Even though we all try to take care of our skin, there are some things that are really difficult to correct without living in dermatologist or cosmetic surgery clinics. A good foundation or tinted moisturizer, in addition to tending to your skin with the proper skin care items, can literally take years off and brighten the complexion. Foundation should never be seen on the skin. Match colors near the jaw line and compare the color to you neck, face and chest. Take a friend with you or ask a make up artist or sales person at a department store or boutique to help you find the right shade.
If the skin is prepped before applying foundation, you can extend the wear of you make up and keep it looking fresh. Prepare the skin with a foundation primer to fill in fine lines and large pores. Primer will not only smooth the texture of the skin, but it also creates a weightless barrier between the skin and foundation that keeps from looking stale.
Try: Foundation Primer by Laura Mercier- $30.
Apply a pea-sized amount of product using fingertips after any treatment products but before any color products.
Wearing foundation should never be unpleasant. Lightweight makeup that gives great coverage with quick and easy application is a must for everyday wear. There are myriad of products that claim to be weightless and give good coverage but, truth be told, that perfect product is hard to find. We’ve tested plenty and Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer always makes the list for the best foundations.
Try: Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 or for more coverage, the new Silk Crème Foundation ($40).
Apply this product with a damp wedge sponge for the most even coverage or in a pinch with the fingertips. Apply a pea sized sheer coat all over the skin. Stipple or press the product into the cheeks, chin and t-zone for addition coverage or any other areas where redness or discoloration occur.
This season is all about the eyes. From the runways of Betsey Johnson to Cat Swanson to Imitation of Christ and Zac Posen, loads of liner is the it thing for the new spring season. The “cat eye” or winged liner is making a comeback this season, as well as long, full lashes. Some of these looks are pretty extreme, but runway fashion is always a bit over the top. It sets the tone for the season’s looks. The idea is to take these trends and adapt for everyday wear. So instead of lining the eye like a geisha, try applying a crème or gel liner that doesn’t smudge in the base of the upper and lower lash lines. You can extend the liner a little bit beyond your eye in the corners for a toned down version of this runway look. Use a color that you normally wouldn’t wear. Let’s leave the brown liners in our makeup cases for this season and pick a new colorful liner that will accentuate your eye color.
Try: Proof Cream Eye Liner Palette by Smashbox- $29.
This little compact comes packed with 10 different shades of smudge proof liner and a flat liner brush for application. This is a great way to try different shades along with whatever your comfort color is. When stepping outside the box of what we normally wear, baby steps are easiest. Try a new color that you wouldn’t normally wear and if the change is too drastic for you layer the color that you normally wear on top.
Try: Dior Show Mascara by Dior ($23).
This mascara doesn’t clump and allows you to build by applying several coats. It makes it hard to tell if lashes are real or fake. This staple lengthens, thickens and has extra black pigment that makes even the shortest and thinnest lashes look long, full and healthy.
Lips and cheeks are being downplayed this season. Cheeks are bronzy and lips are nude. The high shine glosses of last season are not showing up too much on the runways in the new spring collections. Try tinted lip balms or other lip glosses with a hint of color and not too much shine.
At this point, everyone should own a good powder bronzer for the face to highlight and illuminate the skin. Blush is not always necessary if you are wearing a bronzer but it does add life to the face and shouldn’t be forgotten. Blushes are pretty neutral this season.
Try: Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer- $14.
This lip conditioning stick comes in several different sheer shades
. Your lips will look healthy and kissable with a little shine and a hint of color. Sheer lipsticks tend to not wear so well so try lining you lips with a pencil that matches your natural lip color before applying the lip sheer.
Try: Caribbean in a Compact in Sun Bunny by Too Faced ($25).
This bronzer has the perfect mix of brown and golden tones to give everyone of all skin tones a healthy warm glow. Using a large bronzer brush, swirl the brush around in the product and tap off excess product before you apply it to your skin. Sweep color across the cheekbones and through the t-zone and chin in the places where the sun naturally tans your skin first.
Try: Lovejoy Blush by Nars ($25).
This pinky, brownish-golden shade will highlight your cheeks and add a subtle hint of color to the face. If you are prone to redness in your cheek area, this blush is perfect for cutting redness and making red cheeks seem a softer more natural color.
Hopefully, this list gives a little direction and insight about what new products you need to get or replace this season.