10 Runway Makeup Trends for Autumn/Winter 2011-2012

I've gathered up a few of the most inspirational makeup looks brought out by the big fashion houses for this A/W season.

Have a close look and let me know which are your faves!

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    Spiky lashes with burgundy lips, as seen on Gucci
Can I just say that this is my #1 favourite makeup look from the bunch? And I'm so happy it looks gorgeous on brown-eyed girls, yayyy! I think it's genius that they've combined the vampy 3-dimensional lip with the girly doll-like lashes. Notice the soft haze of brown eyeshadow around the eyes, too?

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    Charcoal smoked eyes with red lips, as seen on Diane Von
This is a much more wearable (and sultry!) version for wearing red lipstick. The charcoal shadow smudged only on the top lashline gives a certain clarity to the model's eyes. Which of these two trends would you go for?

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    Luminous skin and pastel lips, as seen on Nina Ricci
Thick but softly defined brows accompany this makeup look dominated by the matte pastel shades on the lips that brighten up the complexion. As I've said before, I find it to be the ultimate modern recession-chic makeup; just like in the 40's era, where women invested in optimistic shades of red liptick and only that. Needless to say, I'm digging both of these lip colours and already searching for similar Mac shades!

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    Camel eyeshadow with bubblegum pink lips, as seen on Donna
Ok, this is obviously not that wearable outside the runway- but the combination is quite interesting. Makes Barbie pink lipsticks like Saint Germain by Mac a bit more sophisticated, dare I say! With a little definition around the eyes and less eyeshadow, this look would be easily wearable even on daytime.

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    Graphic eyeliner, as seen on D&G and Stella McCartney
The rest of the face is kept natural, so as to take the edge off the hardness of the eyeliner and give a youthful feel to the look. I think the models' allusive glance isn't coincidental: plain black eyeliner can be so sexy just by itself and it's extremely guy-friendly, as sometimes men can be intimidated byt a bright lip.

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    Metallic smokey eyes, as seen on Roberto Cavalli
Ever since Lisa Eldridge did a tutorial on this makeup, I fell in looove! It looks pretty time-consuming though, probably would take more than 40' to a makeup amateur (like myself) to complete it; and time-consuming makeup makes me feel ever so uncomfortable each time... I don't know, am I the only one experiencing this? Still, it looks dead gorgeous!

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    Metallic olive eyeshadow, as seen on Chanel
Not going to ramble about the much anticipated Illusions d'Ombre eyeshadows... Except from the fact I loathe the LE factor- I don't see a reason why they shouldn't be part of the Chanel permanent makeup collection! What do you girls think of this eyeshadow colour? I haven't played around with olive eyeshadow, but in these pics it looks pretty sophisticated and classy.

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    Vampy blue smokey eyes with soft wine lips, as seen on Dior
Come on, would you expect anything less from Dior, even now that is Galliano-less? The alabaster skin and crimped hair also add to this modern 20's glamour. Again, it's probably not that wearable outside the runway; I wouldn't mind going around the house in this makeup, though! Sometimes I find it such a shame that women are so judgemental when it comes to other womens' makeup- but that's another story...

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    Winged-out smokey eyes, as seen on Max Azria
The most modern approach on the smokey eye trend, this look is a cross between a cat-eye and a smokey eye. Skin is kept looking natural and lips completely bare. I always found difficult to recreate a modern approach on smokey eyes without reminding of trashy late 00's; in this look, it's interesting that there's no eyeshadow or liner on the lower lashline.

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    Eyeshadow up to the browbone, as seen on Diane Von Furstenberg
Finally, a makeup look appropriate for girls with shorter lid space like me! I cannot express my enthusiasm enough, as this "eyeshadow all the way" thing was a complete and utter no-no, up untill now. The model looks stunning in this pic, no denying about that (I'm also envious of her ombred hair!), but I still have some reservations about whether it looks ok outside the runway.

I'd love to have your feedback on this subject:
What are your thoughts on this season's makeup trends?
Do you feel inspired, bored or disappointed, maybe?



  1. great post!! My fav is the first one =) xx

  2. Nice review! I agree with you about the Gucci look. I also like the eyeliner at D&G as it looks suprisingly fresh.

  3. I love these looks !! xo

  4. I like the first!
    great post! :)

  5. Agaphmena ta burgundy lips kai to smokey cat eye..
    Ena pragma pou den mporw me tpt einai na blepw tis nees taseis tou makigiaz mono se galanomates klp,epitelous yparxoume k emeis :P

  6. i am gonna choose the graphic eyeliner (paxi kiolas). the easiest way to make a difference...

  7. burgundy lips + Graphic eyeliner + Metallic smokey eyes (όλα μαζί) ή διαφορετικά κάτι σαν το Vampy blue smokey eyes with soft wine lips! :Ρ Καλή εβδομάδα! Ωραία παρουσίαση! ;)

  8. Ti wraio post! Inspirational! Agapw bold lips to xeimwna, me opoiodipote syndyasmo matiwn, apo sketh spiky mascara mexri dark brown smokey! Epishs h skia mexri to browbone einai TELEIA!! (niwthw poly Americanaki etsi poy lew ta misa Ellhnika kai ta misa agglika.....to youtube kai oi americanikes seires ftaine!!! :p )

  9. @Sam Ram, me too! I love it!

    @Maddie, I know, these simple juxtapositions on a makeup look are so exciting! xx

    @glittermeup, glad you enjoyed them, hun! xx

    @Ria, haha join the club, girl!

  10. @Artemi, το θέτεις πολύ σωστά! Λες και όλα τα προηγούμενα χρόνια, οι καστανομάτες είχαν αποκλειστεί από τα makeup trends... Επιτέλους, να χαρούμε κι εμείς λίγο!!! xx

    @λειντι ντι, and the fastest way to a sexy makeup, too! xx

    @Argyrousa, α βλέπω ότι προτιμάς το dramatic makeup! Πρέπει να απενοχοποιηθεί επιτέλους το έντονο μακιγιάζ- όταν είναι δουλεμένο σωστά, δείχνει μακράν πιο ενδιαφέρον από το ρουτινέ "brown smokey eyes with nude lips"! Μαζί σου! xx

    @dimitra, ωωω χαίρομαι που σου αρέσει το τελευταίο look, κι εγώ το βρίσκω πολύ ενδιαφέρον! Ναι, τα έντονα χείλη είναι πιο classy από το δίδυμο smokey eyes-nude lips. Το τελευταίο μου κάνει και πολύ πασέ, με τόσα makeup trends η μέση Ελληνίδα έχει μείνει εκεί... Γιατί;
    No prob με τα μισά-μισά! Εδώ βλέπεις, όλα επιτρέπονται! Είμαστε όλοι Αμερικανάκια, χαχα! xx

  11. great post!!εγω για αυτό το χειμώνα θέλω ένα pure purple lipstick! Κάτι μου λέει ότι δεν θα το βάλω ποτέ έξω απ' το σπίτι μου όμως...

  12. πολύ ωραίο πόστ!! εκτος απο τα κλασικα αγαπημενα burgundy lips, μου άρεσε παρα πολύ και η μεταλλική olive σκια από τη Chanel! πάντως η λίστα είναι πολύ πλούσια, θα έχουμε έμπνευση για όλο το χειμώνα!! xxx

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  14. For me, the first and the third are the winners.
    Plum color is also a winner for fall and winter, I recently got a plum lipstick and I love it, although I always use a lip brush for a lighter application.

  15. @afro, κι εμένα μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ το έντονο μοβ κραγιόν- αλλά δε μπορείς να το φορέσεις έτσι, θέλει και μια λεύκανση δοντιών για να είσαι σωστή... Γι'αυτό δεν το βλέπω να το αγοράζω φέτος!

    @Daphne, ω ναι, φέτος έχουμε μεγάλη λίστα για να διαλέξουμε!

    @Natasha, hi girl! Thx for following! You have a lovely blog, too!

    @ScrapgalGR, plum lipstick is always a big winter trend! I don't own any lipsticks in that colour family but sure would love to get one! xx

  16. Metallic smokey eyes + Vampy blue smokey eyes with soft wine lips μ'άρεσαν περισσότερο!! :)

  17. Awesome post (my god, must have taken u ages to finish)!!!
    You did a stellar job though!!!

    As for me, I'll be sporting the metallic lid trend, as well as the graphic eyeliner (modified to my eye shape) and the dark/red lip.
    But now, after reading this, I'll be curious to try the last all-over-the-lid-area-and-above trend, I have to admit it really looks impressive on that photo!!!

    Btw, I just noticed you have Russian Red on your wishlist.. personally I love it, even though I don't tend to wear it that often, but you may want to look into Ruby Woo and Lady Danger as well (as they're more orange reds, you may find them less scary than Russian Red against your complexion)! Good luck!


  18. Ohhh! Great looks! Thanks for sharing!

    You've got an awesome blog!

    I tagged you for an award...


  19. Love them all!!fantastic post doll!!I m a little bit afraid on the metallic trend..but the rest are so easy and wearable!!

  20. @Claire D. T, ακαταμάχητο το smokey eyes, ε; Δε σε αδικώ! xx

    @Tina, haha it did take a while to put together! Yeah, the last makeup looks so interesting- it's smokey but different to the smokey eyes we've seen so far! As for the Mac lipstick, I'm still not sure which one to get... All three look equally amazing! xx

    @bee., aww thank you for the award, sweetie!

    @DailyGlamour, thx girl!

    @Blushingloves, me too! I think I would feel so uncomfortable with that much eyeshadow round my eyes, lol


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