Trend Watch: Fall 2011 Hair and Makeup

The beauty trends we can expect for the fall season run the gamut from neon face-painting to natural "sunburnt" complexions, and hair is pulled-back, left loose, braided, and bundled into a big beehive.

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The beauty trends we can expect for the fall season run the gamut from neon face-painting to natural "sunburnt" complexions, and hair is pulled-back, left loose, braided, and bundled into a big beehive. Vena Cava designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai cited the '90s as inspiration for the greased-up grunge hair and bedazzled glitter makeup at their fall 2011 show.
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Rachel Comey models had their hair groomed in characteristically quirky half-up top chignons and extra-long strands, with makeup kept minimal.
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Peter Som was one of a few designers who opted for the modified beehive look, giving half-up hair a retro dose of sky-high volume.
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The dramatic duds at Bibhu Mohapatra were matched with smoky eyes, nude lips and slicked back, pumped up beehive updos.
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Perhaps the most gravity-defying beehive iteration could be found on the heads of models at the Suno presentation: This profile portrait of one in particular calls to mind the old portraits of Marie-Antoinette and her regal court in pre-revolutionary France.
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Prabal Gurung gave his models streaks of green and pink for a vaguely punk quality, to offset the eccentric glam of the collection itself.
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Mandy Coon also opted for injections of color to the hair, adding pieces that seemed like they'd first been fried.
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Rag & Bone kept to an Eskimo theme for makeup, keeping it natural for the most part -- no lipstick, no mascara -- and giving a "sunburnt" quality to the skin. Hair was mostly mussed, with sporadic braids peeking out here and there.
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Perhaps the zaniest hairdo of the week was at Cynthia Rowley's show: She's a designer who never seems to take things too seriously, but the sideways shocks of frizz were a big perplexing.
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The theme at Altuzarra was ladylike vamp, with a no-holds-barred slicked-back bun paired with dark lips and heavy-shaded eyes.
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Victoria Beckham paired her minimalist dresses with an equally understated face (and hair hidden beneath a skull cap). Pale, almost grayish-tinted skin got virtually no boosts of color or definition in makeup.
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Thakoon, on the other hand, adhered to one of the season's strongest color trends -- ruby red -- with splashes of the hue across the models' eyelids.
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A makeup move not for the faint of heart, models sported smears across their mouths that looked like they'd gotten loose in mother's office supplies again.
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Ohne Titel models had their hair tightly braided in thick, half-head cornrows, with makeup kept soft in the neutral khaki family.
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The look at Olivier Theysken's Theory show was strong and futuristic -- stick-straight ends and razor-sharp center parts defined the aesthetic.
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The mood was softer at Rodarte, with an almost Botticelli vibe among the romantic waves and side-swept locks and burnt-tangerine cosmetic palette.
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Marc Jacobs went hardcore punk for his show, playing Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" as models stampeded down the runway like soldiers with perfectly choreographed slick-ponytail swings.
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Nails were a huge story this fashion week, with elaborate art and daring designs taking hold and promising to pop up on ladies' digits come fall. At Prabal Gurung, manicures were black-and-white and bedazzled all over.
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