Winter break is finally approaching, which means parties galore. There are study breaks downtown, upcoming holiday soirees – Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve couldn’t come sooner – and then finally, simply celebrating that we survived finals season. Too bad that as December comes to a close, the temperature also drops twenty degrees, which means us girls need to put a smidge more effort into looking apres-chic. Take a note from these Fall/Winter 2012 beauty looks, straight off the runway: this winter, your wind-struck rosy cheeks will look cuter with these tricks of the trade.
Smokey eyes are a subtle way to make a statement and this season was no exception. We can always rely on Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prossum woman to look elegant. To replicate the classic Burberry brown smoky, trace your upper lash line with a dark brown eyeliner, blend any coffee eye shadow shade across your lid, and smudge a burnt berry shadow into the crease. The result should be a “morning after” diffused aura of neutralized espresso tones that creates a light finish. Check out Urban Decay’s Naked Palette ($50), which offers a wide range of neutrals.
Nothing screams holidays like rich jewel-tones. This beauty trend was first spotted at Jason Wu, where the emerald shadow was gently dusted over the models’ eyelids. We recommend creating a base with a chunky green eyeliner, like Sephora’s Jumbo Liner in Green Shimmer ($12), and adding dimension by blending eye shadow out to the temple like a classic cat’s eye-silhouette. To really impress, keep your skin bare and lips neutral to make your eyes pop.
Red lips are empowering and sexy. With one swipe of crimson, you’ll physically transform and feel more confident. To mimic the flawless look at Rick Owens, precisely trace your lip shape with a thin lip pencil and fill in with a color no more than one shade darker or lighter. The challenge, however, is identifying the perfect shade of red that compliments your skin tone: you don’t want fluorescent, but you also don’t want dull. Luckily, there are a few universally flattering shades that most professional makeup artists recommend: try MAC lipstick in Lady Danger ($15) or Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick in Diabolique ($48).
What better way to start the new year than wearing a silver minidress? Call it a homage to the crystal ball that annually falls at midnight, but Diane von Furstenberg created the perfect shiny gray eye to complement such an outfit. First, line your eyes with soft gray eyeliner. Then, dab an all-purpose gloss on the center of the lid for a subtly shiny texture that’ll catch light in certain angles. Finally, in a crescent moon shape, sweep a metallic gray eyeshadow like Sephora’s Moonshadow Trio Eyeshadow in Starwalker ($7) for a matte finish; the intensity of the shade can depend on how much of a statement you’re ready to make. Alternatively, for blondes who want to wear gold, Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat ($22) will also yield the perfect ratio of sparkle and classiness.
LBDs – little black dresses – are universally flattering, but a splash of colour on your face will elevate any look from a 9 to a 10. This holiday season, cobalt is in. Just look at the mascara the models at Stella McCartney wore for proof. It’s simple: Coat your top and bottom lashes with one swipe of thick tinted cerulean mascara, like Dior’s Diorshow in Azure Blue ($25). To reprise the simple cat eye, use a liquid eyeliner for a crisp, thin line alone your lash line like Stila’s All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Peacock Blue ($20).
– Alicia Chon