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3 Fun beauty trends from New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week fall 2012 has just wrapped and what a week it was. It was all about what’s black and white and bold and graphic. Coats and dresses with cinched waists took center stage. There was lots of leather as well with most looks being very elegant, grown up and polished. Ranges of reds as accents from deep oxblood to scarlet added a dash of pizazz to the collections.

Fashion week trends -- red lips, smokey eyes, boyish

But what about the makeup? Three trends to look out for are:

Bold, matte red lips

Bold, matte red lips in every shade imaginable from blue to orange-reds appeared on a majority of the shows including: Thakoon and Academy of Art – a stunning matte, true-red lip; Marc by Marc Jacobs – matte tangerine red (Perhaps inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango?) and Victoria Beckham – a classic matte blue-red lip.

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Messy, smoky, rock and roll eyes

Messy, smoky, rock and roll eyes came back in full force! We particularly liked the gradation of color and enhanced eye shape created with a lovely winged lash line. Our fave shows that featured the trend? Derek Lam, Rachel Roy and DVF.

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For a flawless gradation of color, take a cue from Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Jim DeMarco’s Daytime Drama Collection.

Boyish and androgynous

Boyish and androgynous makeup contrasted heavily with the femininely tailored clothes. We saw very defined and contoured eyes and cheekbones, beautiful matte skin and plenty of rimming the lower lids with a clarifier pencil to make the eyes bigger and brighter. Our fave shows that featured the trend? Peter Som, Alexander Wang and Jason Wu.

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Chad Hayduk, co-founder and creative director of the NYC-based indie beauty brand, Three Custom Color Specialists, is an expert in makeup artistry and education. As a leader in color analysis, matching and custom blending, Chad lends his precise eye to developing new colors and products designed to meet women’s beauty needs — regardless of age, skin type or tone. Chad’s work has appeared in magazines, film and television, on the runway and in the theater. For more about Three Custom Color Specialists, visit and follow @Chad3c on twitter.

Photo credits: WENN, Rachel Zoe, WENN

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