The Best (and Weirdest) Beauty Looks from the Fall 2011 Paris Couture Shows

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Color-blocked eye makeup at Dior

Color-blocked eye makeup at Dior

Rhinestones and glitter at Dior

Rhinestones and glitter at Dior

Doesn’t it seems that it was just weeks ago we were blogging about Spring Fashion Week? Yet here we are, with the Fall shows just ending in Paris, and New York is up next. So, we took note of some of the best – and some of the craziest – looks. And we’ll show you how to re-create the pretty ones with ColorOn…Professional.

One thing we noticed with the most wearable looks was that, like the Spring shows, there was a distinct lack of mascara, or the presence of very little, usually just the upper lashes. Eye makeup was either ruler-edge precise or very smudgy, color-blocked or just washes of color.

First, the interesting but totally un-wearable: Christian Dior.There were two very different looks on their runway: color blocked, or glitter and rhinestones. We can see reproducing the second look in an extremely toned-down version for a night clubbing, but no one here at ColorOn was willing to even consider color blocking as a viable look for anything other than Halloween. However, the shades used in the color-blocking are likely to make their way into shadow palettes the same way they did when Dior showed bright turquoise liner and vivid coral lips during the Fall 2011 shows last year.

Now, for something completely wearable.

Beautiful palettes at Nina Ricci

Beautiful palettes at Nina Ricci

At Nina Ricci, a beautifully arched and angled brow framed eyes shaded in tones of sand, beige, and gold. You can achieve this same tonal, gently smoky eye using colorOn’s Ibiza (smoky nude) and 14-Karat (gradient wash of rich golds from pale to bright 14 Karat), and lining under the lash line with either color, or using our Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer (dark black/brown and gold shimmer) very sparingly for a slightly deeper tone. The rest of the skin is bare, with lightly flushed cheeks in a peachy shade, and a peachy pink matte lipstain or lipstick.

Ethereal looks at Valentino

Ethereal looks at Valentino

At Valentino, the look was ethereal, from the delicate crowns of golden leaves and pearls to the flushed cheeks and coral eyeshadow under natural brows. The color totally encircles the eyes from brow bone to lash line above and below, with a bit of gold shimmer at the inner corners, and mascara is used on the upper lashes only. To recreate this look, ColorOn’s Pink Lemonade (yellow and coral), Sunset Beach (beige and intense coral), or Coral Cove (coral, rose, beige with a thin chocolate brown liner) would be perfect, depending on the intensity of the color you wish, and a touch of our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer in the inner corners. A pale wash of pinkish coral blush and a lipstain or lipstick in the same family completes this look.

Soft yet precise at Armani Prive

Soft yet precise at Armani Prive

At Armani Prive, the eye was beautifully soft yet exceedingly precise, if that’s not a contradiction. The clothing and hats were so geometric that it called for soft makeup, and Armani’s textures are always some of the makeup industry’s best. A rosy shadow started below very precisely groomed brows into the crease, shading into a plum with hints of a blue under tone. A deep blue liner under the lash line extends sharply out beyond the corner of the eye – no smudging. You can achieve this look by starting with colorOn’s Finesse (rose and plush grey), then stroke our Smooth Purple Royale Shimmer (midnight-bright purple) loose mineral pigment on the lids to the lash line, and line under the lashes with a wet eye liner brush dipped into our Smooth Black Star Blue Shimmer (steely midnight blue) and wing it out beyond the corner of the eye. The rest of the face was porcelain perfect, with a shimmer of sheer pale raspberry lipstick. None of these looks called for a glossy lip.

All of the colors mentioned can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit , or you can instead buy the Variety Kit  in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. There are 78 instant eye shadow looks and 24 pre-selected Variety Kits. And stock up on the 11 Smooth Shimmers or 7 Metallic Glitters loose mineral shadows while you’re at it; some are limited editions and won’t be around forever!

We’ll be back Friday with a new Winners Circle announcement! Have a lovely day…

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