Fall 2011 Beauty Trend: Cool Minimalism

spring 2011 beauty trend minimalism

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Less is more: minimal makeup on the Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Burberry runways

Things were relatively quiet on the makeup front at the Fall 2011 collections. From barefaced to barely bronzed, subtlety was the order of the day.

“No-makeup makeup” was how makeup artist Dick Page explained the look at Marc by Marc Jacobs, and it was an apt description: Page didn’t have to do much. He started by massaging a healthy dose of Shiseido Future Solution LX Night Cream onto the complexion (giving skin a lovely sheen) and followed it up with a little translucent powder, blush, and lip balm. Just like that, the teenage models looked like actual teenagers.

Page also kept things similarly light at Michael Kors, where he worked in soft bronze tones. By blending a creamy tawny shadow onto lids and dusting bronzer and peachy-beige blush onto cheeks, the models all bore that healthy, outdoorsy look that’s become so synonymous with Kors.

At Burberry, makeup artist Wendy Rowe worked in sheer, nuanced tones that were actually quite hard to discern. Rowe blended brown and gray eye shadows into an ambiguous neutral and swept it over lids. She left cheeks nearly bare and patted a soft nude lipstick onto lips, allowing the natural lip color to show through. Everything was beautifully muddled; nothing was defined.

At Balmain, nothingness was the ultimate goal. To create the stark, plain-faced look, makeup artist Tom Pecheux painstakingly worked to perfect the skin as well as mimic the face’s natural contours, all without leaving behind even a suggestion of his handiwork.

“Nothing to be seen, everything to be done,” he said.

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