Beauty

By Dina Fierro

Put away those bronzers, stash those pale shadows and bright nail lacquers, Fall 2007 beauty is all about the drama! BN writers were lucky enough to cover the shows backstage in February and we’ve put our heads together to recap the very best trends for the season. Welcome to your cheat sheet!

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A sexy, smoky eye ruled the runway at Costello Tagliapietra’s Fall 2007 show(image via Style.com)

Smoky Eyes
A sexy smoky eye was one of the most prevalent trends during the Fall 2007 shows. Makeup artist Monique Powers assures us that any woman (yep, that means you too) can wear smoky eyes and suggests “using a softer version of your night time colors. Instead of using black eyeliner try using a warm brown, such as Softsmudge Brown by Estee Lauder.”

Makeup artist Stephane Marais suggests trying shades of charcoal gray to get a less obvious, yet still sophisticated smoky eye. To get the look, try the Smashbox Master Class Expert Eyes Kit. This Sephora-exclusive set includes all of the tools and products that you need to get the perfect dramatic eye, along with an instructional DVD to make things completely foolproof.

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Peter Som showcased an intense lip for his fall show (image via Style.com)

Intense Lips
After several seasons of gloss, lipstick is back with a vengeance! Don’t be intimidated, there’s a bold shade for everyone. Monique Powers recommends Lancôme’s P.S. Kiss, a deep burgundy shade and the latest in the limited edition Pout-a-Porter series. We suggest getting on the waiting list now; if Behnaz Red and Proenza Pink were any indication, it will sell out in the blink of an eye. Available October 1 at Lancôme boutiques or Bergdorf Goodman.

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A deep plum nail lacquer ruled the runway at Christian Lacroix’s couture show (image via Style.com) but we also love Lippman Collection’s Rehab, a sophisticated, vampy navy.

Vampy Nails
Apologies to Chanel, but we’re retiring our bottle of Black Satin this fall. Update your polish collection with a few vampy hues like Lippman’s Rehab, an inky, oh-so-sophisticated navy or Decadent Diva by essie (available 9.1, www.essie.com). Founder Essie Weingarten says it’s her favorite shade in the fall collection, calling it “a gorgeous dark cocoa shade with a hint of shimmer that looks exquisite on fingers or toes.”

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Strong brows are back; Carolina Herrera was just one of the many designers to feature a strong, gorgeous brow in her Fall show (image via Style.com)

Strong Brows
Last, but certainly not least, put down those tweezers and embrace a stronger brow. If you’re guilty of overplucking, check out Trish McEvoy’s new Brow Builder, a handy-dandy brow pen that uses fibers to fill in sparse brows. For more scoop on brows, check out this month’s exclusive BN interview with Ramy Gafni.

Originally published September 2007
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