Fashion Week Fall 2012 Beauty Trends: Polished Ponys, Single-hue Shadow & Nude Cheeks


Gals, this season I’m reporting on beauty trends for, but OBV, I had to share the beauty trend news for Fashion Week here, as well. As of day one, it’s all about ponys, neutral cheeks and one-hue lids. Check it.

Polished Ponytails
Formality continues to reign supreme backstage; the fall of 2012 will not celebrate a sloppy gym-ready ‘do. Monika Chiang, Alexander Tome and BCBG’s iterations are all perfectly intentional. At Chiang, the hair was pulled back into a nape-height ponytail and fastened tightly enough to yield a little bounce. At Wednesday night’s QVC fashion presentation, super-sized ponytails were created using a figure 8 technique with hair pins and a flatiron and at BCBG yesterday morning, angular faux bangs (created by placing the front pieces across the forehead before pinning them to the side) framed a sleek, shiny, straightened low pony.

Richard Chai

Natural Nude Cheeks
It looks like nude skin with angular definition instead of rosy red cheeks will be all the rage next fall. Models boasted sylph-like cheeks on the runway at Costello Tagliapietra, highlighted rather than upstaged by a structured updo. At Richard Chai, the look was all about androgyny with a dash of “1950s mess.” MAC Cosmetics’ lead makeup artist James Kaliardos sculpted cheekbones using a taupe hue underneath the cheekbones and on the temples for a chiseled cheek while Rachel Comey instituted a slightly warmer take, veering into the city limits of bronze, but not quite passing through.


Single-shade Shadow
Many designers are choosing to glam up their models’ gaze using a single color effect, applied around the eye. Katie Gallagher’s girls told a very sci-fi story with their alien-green decorated lids. At Honor, James Boehmer for NARS dusted on matte grey shadow for a seriously smoky stare and lastly, at Nicholas K, burnished bronze around the circumference of the eyes yielded a goth sensibility.

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