City Pulse

By Allison Warenik-Queenan

Just halfway through Fashion Week, I’ve been seeing them pop up all over the runways, looking gorgeous worn with both casual daytime looks and formal eveningwear. The look is fresh-faced and feminine. Other makeup is kept to a minimum with the lip color being the focal point. Eyes are soft and doe-like, seen with either a pale peach or a pale pink shadow and just a touch of mascara. Heavy liner is a no-no with this look as it distracts from the lips. Skin is perfected with a touch of concealer and kept looking dewy with a light touch of peachy blush over the cheekbones. Again, the cheeks are kept soft, without the blush being too obvious as attention is focused on the mouth.

Here at Philosophy de Alberta Ferretti, Lucia Pieroni for M.A.C. created a lovely glow by using coral on the eyelids and cheeks and M.A.C. shade “Orange Alarm” on the lips. Paul Hanlon for TIGI created pin curls that were brushed into an ultra feminine 1940′s style Veronica Lake wave that looked absolutely breathtaking with the coral make-up.

At Cynthia Rowley, Val Garland for M.A.C. used a darker reddish coral on the lips, and combined it with a heavily mascared lower lash. The look was very 1960′s Twiggy and played well alongside the many bright coral, orange and melon colors that were found in the collection. Hair was twisted and clipped into a stylish knot by Bok-hee for the Antonio Prieto Salon with custom colored hair extensions by Aura Friedman for Wella Professionals.

Coral lips rule again at jewelry designer Lulu Frost’s presentation. Lyne Desnoyers for M.A.C. chose a matte tomato shade for the lips, wanting to look to be polished without appearing overly retro. Cheeks were highlighted in skin tones using mineralized powder in both shimmering and matte. The upper eyelids had a flick of blue or black liner at the outer corners and the brows were exceptionally groomed. Jessie James and Cesar Oliver for the Marie Robinson Salon created bohemian hair looks that took their influences from 1950s polished and 1960s Brigitte Bardot. Hair was sprayed with dry shampoo and back brushed for a slightly messy look. There was no added gloss or shine. Models were styled in head to toe vintage fashions from Amarcord but the feeling was real and modern.

At Karen Walker, Jenna Memard for Shiseido featured a pale, matte coral lip with dewy, fresh skin. There was a light pink shimmer on the eye. The look was very youthful and playful when combined with Bumble & Bumble’s long tousled hair. Nails by CND were soft, in shades of gray (a combination of their Silver Chrome and Putty colors) and in tan (created by layering a coat of Cheeky over their Desert Suede color), with the intent of invoking the feeling of William Eggleston’s photography.

I am expecting to see a lot more of this beauty trend throughout this week. I suggest getting a head start on the trend now and begin testing out various shades of coral to find just the right one for you.

Originally published September 2010
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