Women over 40 beauty, skincare, fashion, fitness and lifestyle, Keeping it Real


Fashion Week just ended in NYC showcasing Spring 2012 looks.   My email has been bombarded with images;  some wild, some that make you think “huh?” and then there are some very wearable looks.   This season there were more subdued makeup looks than I’ve seen in the past few years – a reflection of the economy perhaps?  Designers not willing to take as many risks?  Subdued looks and styles tend to be the norm when the economy is going through a difficult time.   Whatever the case, I saw several looks that I liked and found to be very wearable.

1.  Charlotte Willer for Maybelline created this look for Jen Kao show.  Polished grunge was the inspiration behind the look.  Bright lips and flirty lashes are a contrast to the sleek eyes.

2.  Aaron De Mey for Lancome created this look at L’Wren Scott.   Aaron wanted a “super bronzed” look with bronze lips and chocolate eyes.  Browns, bronzes and golds were used to create smoky eyes and bronzer was used all over the face.

3.  Charlotte Willer for Maybelline created the look for the Bibhu Mohapatra. Charlotte was inspired by the women in Helmut Newton’s iconic photographs.  Instead of a bold eye or lip, everything on the face was left neutral.

4.  Charlotte Willer for Maybelline created this look for L.A.M.B.  This look was inspired from a trip to India.  A dark dramatic lined eye is the focal point – a modern take on kohl.  (As you can tell, the Maybelline looks were some of my favorite!)

5.  Essie was the nail polish of choice at Tory Burch.   Mademoiselle (my personal all-time favorite nail color from Essie) was used to create the soft, classic nail look to complement the floral prints.

6. NARS artists created this metallic smoky eye for Naeem Kahn.  Inspired by Spanish women he gave the models a clean face with bold brows and a smoky eye and nude lips – very wearable.

7.  Gato Zamora for Maybelline created this look for the Custo Barcelona show.  A modern take on natural beauty.  The skin is flawless, almost silicone-like and the brows are bold and lips have a sweet shiny look.

8.  A model in a Naeem Kahn gown.

9.  Dick Page for Shiseido crated this look for the Michael Kors show.  An African safari was the inspiration for this “Out of Africa” look.  Now I want to see the movie again.