While this year's fall collections were totally awe-inspiring and glam, most runway hair and makeup can be a bit over-the-top in reality. But buried between the crazy glitter eye shadow and black(!) lipstick were some really gorgeous looks that you can actually pull off at home. Here (check out the new RealBeauty.com), experts share their best tips for pulling off the prettiest, most wearable hair and makeup looks this season.
We don't expect you to embrace the "Goth-gone-glam" black lipstick that turned heads at the Rachel Roy show, but here's a beauty dare: Ditch your neutral lip color for a rich, dark color like burgundy or deep plum. Not sure where to start with a statement-making lipstick? Follow Revlon makeup artist Gucci Westman's lead at Jason Wu and dab on a deep pink lip stain first, with a layer of creamy purplish-red lipstick on top.
Bronzer tends to take a backseat to blush when fall rolls around and this season is no exception. And the most modern look is cheery, rosy-pink cheeks
. Pat McGrath, global creative design director at Procter & Gamble Beauty and the makeup artist behind the look at Anna Sui suggests swirling a rosy cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blending towards the hairline just under your cheekbones.
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Even if the closest you get to an updo is a messy bun, you can't help but be inspired by all the buns, twists, and chignons we spotted at Carolina Herrera, Max Azria and Michael Kors. The best DIY updo trick is to start with hair that hasn't been freshly shampooed, since texture is key to getting strands to hold, says Laurent Philippon, the Bumble and Bumble stylist who created the cool twist and bun combo at Max Azria. Try coating your fingers with a dab of wax when you pull your hair back for added "grip."
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A smoky eye look is a timeless night-out option. But get creative; you don't have to stick with the standard matte grays and blacks
. The fresh new way to intensify your eyes is with midnight blue shadow like the makeup artists used at Badgley Mischka and Versace.To get the look
, start with a deep shimmery navy shadow, says Tom Pecheux the lead makeup artist for M.A.C. Next, use a fluffy brush with a rounded head to blend a shimmery gold shadow across the lid and under the eye. Then apply mascara to the top lashes. Pair with subtle rose cheeks and pale lip gloss.
Fire up those flat irons because after several seasons of beachy, wavy hair, the super straight look is making a comeback
. Matthew Williamson and Yigal Azrouel sent models down the runway sporting 90s-inspired blowouts. With all this heat styling, it's mandatory that you spritz on a thermal protective spray
before you blow-dry and flat iron, says Paul Hanlon, hairstylist for GHD who created the look at Matthew Williamson. After you've finished ironing hair section-by-section, apply shine serum. Then turn your flat iron sideways and run it down the length of your hair. "This will give you extra-smooth results," says Hanlon.
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Experimenting with your nail polish color can instantly update your look, and it's way cheaper than buying a new bag or pair of shoes. The hottest hues this season: jewel tones (think sapphire and amethyst), dark raisin, chocolate, and our new favorite: dove gray. "It's less severe than black but still looks really chic," says Roxanna Valinoti, Lead Nail Stylist for CND, who used a range of grays on the runways for Matthew Wiliamson, Yigal Azrouel, and Malandrino.
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