I couldn’t make it to this month’s New York Fashion Week, and reading the resports and reviewers from my beauty blog friends did make me turn an unflattering shade of green, I must admit. Turns out my jealousy might just have matched one of the hot beauty trends my blog sisters spotted at the tents and presentations!

Because I couldn’t be there, I asked one of my very favorite beauty bloggers in the biz, Lianne the Makeup Girl! She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, let me tell you. And she’s a busy beauty indeed — Lianne is not only holding down her own amazing blog, but now she’s part of the Clutch Magazine team, blogging beauty stuff on Fuchsia. Go ‘head Lianne!

These are the 5 biggest trends that she noticed overall at NYFW this year (in italics), and my recommendations on products I’ve tried that I know will help you achieve those hot looks!

1. Sheer natural makeup. Nearly every show that I went where MAC was doing the makeup, they used moisturizer or mixing mediums with foundation to sheer it out. OR they used mineralize skinfinish in natural and no foundation at all.

Click here to peep video of Lianne interviewing Phillipe C. of MAC, who produced the tres sheer look at Alexandre Herchovitch’s show. And of course everyone loves MAC, but I gotta say Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation has been rocking my world lately. It’s light, oil free, and really does what it says — “harmonizes the complexion” for those days when you want to look effortlessly flawless.

2. Eye shadow that mimics the colors of a forest. Lots of greens, golds and browns.

Ooh, I LOVE this trend! Forest-colored eyeshadows can make brown eyes pop, and the colors glow on warm, dark skin tones. I recently created a similar look with Natura New York Cosmetics.

I had never heard of this brand until recently, when I was literally pulled into the store at The Falls mall here in Miami. I’m glad I was — their mineral eye shimmer is amazing!. For a forest-inspired look, I definitely recommend bronzique and pistachio. Both shades are glimmery and iridescent and glint gorgeously on warm brown skin. Every single time I wear pistachio, I get crazy compliments.

3. Sculpted smokey eye…very contoured shadow with deliberately placed shadow to mimic the contours of your eye.

If you need a how-to guide on the smokey eye, or the right products to do the job, check out Benefit’s Smokin’ Eyes makeover kit. It’s tiny, it’s fabulous, and it contains 3 shadows, a black eyeliner pencil, a brightener, 2 brushes, mini tweezers and a complete lesson in the timeless look. $36, and such an awesome gift idea.

4. Pulled back hair in a messy bun. Even if the model wore her hair natural, they pulled it back somehow and piled it into a bun. If their hair was short, then it was slicked back.

OK, any kind of bun I could possibly make would be messy! Afrobella-textured hair doesn’t seem to make frequent enough appearances on the catwalk, IMO. But if you want to achieve a pulled-back, stylish look that will get you noticed, and you have a thick head of natural hair, definitely check out Tomoka’s Twists. There’s a sale taking place until March 1, and I’ve got my eye on GoldiLocs!

5. Green nail polish….at the Vena Cava show, Butter of London created a polish expressly for the show that I predict will be HUGE. It’s called British Racing Green and it will be available Fall 2009 exclusively at Beauty.com.

Green nailpolish? That’s a trend I haven’t yet tried. But OPI makes a great shade called Green-wich Village if you can’t wait till Fall.

And there you have it, bellas! What new trends intrigue you the most?


Shannon says:
February 24, 2009, 4:09 pm
I heart me some Lianne too. She is the best! xoxoxo
puff says:
February 24, 2009, 4:30 pm
i've been dying to try green eyeshadow for a while now, but i wasn't too sure if it would look a little crazy. but now i see it's afrobella AND fashion week endorsed, i'm heading to the drug store right now to pick up some of that L'Oreal H.I.P. i've been eyeing.
1969 says:
February 24, 2009, 4:35 pm
Bella....I wish we were both at home for Carnival. :( However, a little fabulous green eyeshadow always makes me feel festive and it looks great on olive and dark skintones. (Lianne rocks!)
bella says:
February 24, 2009, 4:40 pm
1969 ME TOO!!!! Oh gosh don't get me started on Carnival. I was supposed to be home right now! Green eyeshadow FTW! And note -- Puff, less is always more. Don't cake it on like Mimi from Drew Carey, just use it to subtly accent your beautiful eyes. Best of luck!
BSQUARED86 says:
February 24, 2009, 7:45 pm
Green nail polish, ay? May have to give it a shot. Sounds fun! Thanx Bella and Lianne!
Sabrina says:
February 24, 2009, 9:54 pm
That green polish looks like fun. I want pink next, but I'll definitely try that after.
T.T. says:
February 24, 2009, 9:41 pm
hmm...green...i may have to try that out!!! i have been on a nail polish kick the past few days.
Tierra says:
February 25, 2009, 12:13 am
Thanks for the post! I'm itching to get some new products to fill up my new pink makeup bag! http://www.salonhive.com/pink-makeup-train-case-ts-16.html Oh and I agree--that green is funky!
No Nonsense says:
February 25, 2009, 7:06 am
I started using HD foundation a few months ago. Let me just say it ROCKS!. I was a MAC person for years and then tried a few other products Bobby Brown etc. I popped into Sephora one day and the lady took one look at me and say "Try this, I know you'll love it" She was right. I highly recommend it
warrior11209 says:
February 25, 2009, 1:54 pm
The HD foundation is something that I will definitely try. Initially , I was reluctant about the green eyeshadow ( I wore that back in the 70's) but now...maybe - LOL Ordering hair ties for my locs NOW from Tomoka twists. Thanks for the tips
Gigi says:
February 25, 2009, 10:27 pm
Question: Although I love golds, greens, and browns, with my big red fro I feel like eyeshadow pigments make me look too dramatic-- ESPECIALLY with my bone structure. Does anyone have suggestions on how to wear colors that show, but still looked toned down? I LOVE Makeup For Ever's new HD line, especially the silica powder and the primers!!
Lianne says:
February 28, 2009, 6:08 am
Gigi.. I would try a cream or liquid to powder shadow, you can control the intensity by applying it with your fingers. One of my favorites is Clinique's Quick Eyes. It's really creamy and you can apply it straight from the tube if you want to. But my favorite way to use it is to dab a little on my fingertip and blend it onto my eyelids. Hope that helps!! xoxo L
My Salon Tools says:
August 25, 2009, 6:38 pm
Hope you make it to fashion week, it should be coming up really soon now
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