Fall Beauty 2014: The top trends and must-have products of the season
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]When it comes to hair trends, updos reigned supreme, and they ranged from wild to understated. This season, designers proved that updos don’t have to be conventional. Braids in particular were all over the Fall 2014 shows, from soft and romantic plaits (at Preen and Pucci) to futuristic and creative twists (at McQueen and Marchesa). But the ‘do that made the lazy girl in us rejoice more than any other? Buns. Diane von Furstenburg’s Orlando Pita explained, “The texture should look easy. Not messy, but not perfectly done.”If you’re looking to buy an eye shadow in fall’s It colour, make sure you go with green. Seen on the runways at Dior, Elie Saab and Derek Lam, this is the hue of the season, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different shades. But if that’s not your thing, the earth tones seen at Alberta Ferretti and Hermes might be. Not to be confused with the no-makeup look, this can be achieved using shadows and stains in shades that are found in nature—browns, beiges and greys. To get the look at Marc Jacobs, François Nars used beige lip products that were “pushed on with a finger so there is no line.” How’s that for convenient?
No matter if you’re drawn to the rave-inspired glittery makeup at Rodarte, or you just can’t shake your love for the fresh-faced looks at Isabel Marant, Fall 2014 beauty trends are all about polar opposites, so there really is something for everyone. Click through for over 100 images of the top beauty trends for Fall 2014, as well as some of our favourite products to achieve each look.
Like an episode of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, the inspiration behind this season’s diverse assortment of braids was a geographical guessing game. At Marchesa,
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]the tight cornrows were inspired by the Scottish Highlands. At Simone Rocha, the rebellious braids referenced the ponies, wilderness and tomboyishness of the designer’s Irish heritage. And at Etro, the fishtail braid took a long journey before making it to the runway in Milan; Eugene Souleiman interpreted nomads who had travelled the Silk Road through Mongolia, Tibet and Nepal.
Ballerinas at rehearsal inspired Orlando Pita’s finger-combed buns at Diane von Furstenberg. “The texture should look easy,” he said. “Not messy, but not perfectly
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]done.”
Meanwhile, the low, twisted, elegant buns at Prada were inspired by the post-pirouette hours in a dancer’s day.
With inspirations as varied as mannequins, statues and science fiction, makeup artists reached for drab, unorthodox shades—many found in nature—to subtly
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]provide structure to the face and work with existing tones in the skin. At Marc Jacobs, François Nars used pastels with touches of chocolate and earthy hues to create big wide eyes like Greek statues with no lashes and beige lips “pushed on with a finger so there is no line,” he said.[/expand]
Between mascara and falsies, eyes were aflutter. At Gucci, the lashes applied to the top and bottom rows referenced ’60s icons Britt Ekland and Marianne Faithfull
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]and were bold enough to be seen from the back row, while the double set at Versace was Donatella’s version of “natural makeup” (imagine her no-makeup selfie). As usual, no one topped Alexander McQueen, where Pat McGrath mixed futurism with nature. Creating a hybrid punk-owl look, she used spiky black feathers hand-cut and painstakingly glued one by one to brows and top lashes. What a hoot.[/expand]
It was the eyeliner equivalent of bolding or italicizing your font in an email. At Zac Posen, a floating, feather-like shape was suspended above the corners of the eyes by
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]painting on cream liner with a mascara fan brush.
At Lanvin, the quadrangular shape was softened and extended outward into a slight flick and smudged like Japanese calligraphy.
Meanwhile at Dries Van Noten, thick rectangles on the top lids were reminiscent of those black bars used to protect someone who’s committed a Glamour Fashion Don’t.[/expand]
Move over, orange. “Green is the new black” was the edict issued by Tom Pecheux at Derek Lam. From pastel mint to deep seaweed, the full spectrum of this
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]envy-inducing hue spread across models’ eyes like weeds.[/expand]
The bare-bones no-makeup look has finally evolved, as features were strengthened all around. “The lip is a little deeper, the eye is a little deeper, the brow is a little
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]deeper,” said Dick Page at Michael Kors. “Everything is amplified.” For an authentic-looking flush, cream blush, and in some cases lipstick, was pushed into the skin to blend seamlessly. Brown liner, a flick of mascara and lip balm added to the overall look.
Neutral nails veered away from bubble baths and ballet slippers and toward more masculine territory. “It’s a very contemporary, modern, severe manicure,” said manicurist
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]Michelle Saunders of the “tomboy beige” nails she created at Alexander Wang by layering two neutral shades and a matte topcoat. “It feels a lot like cinderblock; it’s very industrial.” A few days later, Donna Karan used the same term to describe the nail look she wanted, so Saunders used a peach-beige lacquer for a look that was “not too feminine—something edgy.”[/expand]
Lingering after-effects of ’90s rave culture are resurfacing in the form of glitter and shiny metallics. Tom Pecheux swiped lime-green sparkle on lids at Altuzarra, while
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]at Donna Karan, Charlotte Tilbury coated a gunmetal silver smoky eye in lipgloss for extra shine. Sparkles migrated south at Rodarte, where James Kaliardos playfully described the pink and brown mouths as a “fun, fairy-tale, love-is-in-the-air lip.” Perfect for the next illegal warehouse blowout.[/expand]
The smoky eye had multiple personalities this season, all due to its application. For House of Holland, Lucia Pica created a young, rebellious 1980s rich-girl look
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]in blackened teal.
A girl waiting for a bus in the early morning inspired the blackened, walk-of-shame eyes at Missoni, where Lucia Pieroni mashed together clumpy mascara, gel liner and ebony eyeshadow.
At Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury paid homage to Ford’s muse Carine Roitfeld, even consulting with Ford on getting the right amount of slept-in smudge.[/expand]
No matter which trend you’re inspired for this fall, these makeup artist-approved products will guarantee you nail the look every time. From the perfect liners
[expand title=”READ MORE…” swaptitle=”HIDE”]to gorgeous bright shadows, your makeup bag is about to get a lot more fun.[/expand]