fashion f/w trends: hair and beauty

the final installment of last week’s fashion f/w 09 trend roundup covers how the season’s influences extend their reach into hair and beauty. never meant to feel as though you’re in costume, weaving influences of your vibe above your neck makes you feel pulled together. and fresh takes on hair and make-up will work just as hard as wardrobe to make you feel modern and on the edge.

pretty, demure femininity is so 2000 and late. we’ll quite literally see a return to the bold and the beautiful with the infusion of the 80s influence. it’s about creativity, flair and dressing up: it’s time to play.

in makeup

a huge piece of the f/w makeup story is the cheekbone as art form. we are back to the contouring of decades past providing definition and sculpting, this time done with a bit more subtlety through layering peachy blush and bronzer.
the eyes are bright and bold – thick black liners (including cat eyes) and bold streaks of color (try purples, blues and greens. please beware anything with a red-undertone). and though i’m having some difficulty stomaching the idea, many runways showed amplified and brilliant pastel colors worn all together. yes – i mean frosted pink lips and baby blue shadow. eeps!

lips follow on-trend as well, acting as an additional canvas to sport a bold flash of color in saturated hues. red is hotter than ever, either in a blue-based matte, a bright orange tint or done with high-intensity gloss. corals and hot pinks are also major, as is the striking deep matte purple/maroon.

in hair

hair is just as creative as make-up, with the two often juxtaposing against each other.

buns are big – most especially the top knot – but try it twisted, woven or with those really annoying lauren conrad braids. this look is high-drama while providing an open clear space for you to experiment with some really bold make-up.

as you likely know by now, the pompadour’s huge and it’s not going anywhere. this is a key look for updos and provides an edgy, dramatic way to do something different with your bangs. the bigger the better when you’re committing to the pomp; the higher the hair, the closer to god.

veronica lake rich-girl hair is here (when is it not) and an ideal complement to the 40s inspiration. add to this the glamourous curls and the long and loose waves and you have bras and ranties in a state of seething envy. jelly!

lastly hair accessory mania grows beyond the clutches of the blair waldorf headband and begins to encompass some much more major finds. tassles, feathers, tiaras, bobby pin structures, even pop cans will add flair. don’t throw out your headbands, but modernize them by opting for something in clear plastic or a mesh fabric.