2.19.2010

Full Facial Nudity

I never understand when people make assertions about "x" or "y" being the new "big thing" in beauty trends. Case in point: some local news reporter declared that "RED HAIR" is the "HOTTEST BEAUTY TREND" of the moment. Yeahhh, yeah... whatever. Beauty trends on the runway are always more diversified than trends in fashion.  Someone's always doing a red lip, a nude lip, a "fresh face," a red head, a kohl eye, you get the idea.  My personal favorite, however, is what I call "mannequin head."

By this, I mean  totally nude, washed out face, maybe sculpted with highlighter. Lips lacking in color.  No blush. Maybe some eye pigment.  Why am I drawn to this? I've been told by more than one person that it's corpse-like and creepy.  But still, I LOVE IT!

A few days ago, Style.com's beauty bloggers wrote about makeup artists ditching the blush on runways this fashion week.  I was never a huge fan of the stuff to begin with.  Thoughts? 

Models at Rodarte:
Image via style.com

At Katie Gallagher (glorious, no?):

And, an old Vogue Italia cover from Jan 2009 that's as lovely now as it was a year ago.  Classic (bronzed) nude face, by Pat McGrath: 


And lastly, my own take on mannequin head.  I can't even tell you how delighted I was to find that MAC's "Lip Erase" in Dim is no longer a Pro product (meaning, they sell it at the MAC counter in regular department stores).  It completely and absolutely obliterates all pigmentation in the lips, almost like concealer, but it's technically a lip balm.  A little drying, but I think it's worth it, and definitely one of my favorite makeup products, ever.  Other than that, I'm sporting NARS foundation in Siberia, extreme gobloads of MAC's eyeshadow in texture, and some random drugstore black liner/mascara. No blush.

So what will you be doing to your beauty routine this season? Switching it up? Same old/same old? Throwing away the blush and gobbing concealer on your lips? Or clutching the peachy powder with an icy grip of death?


7 comments:

Style (R)evolution said...

I dig the Nude look!

Theresa Cheek said...

Well.....I have fought being pale my whole life...so I won't be sporting the ..ahem *crack addict* look! It is also an *age* thing,,,I am probably older than your mother ! In all fairness, I like the Vogue cover because they are bronzed, not death white !

Emily said...

You are just as gorgeous as the models! For help with dry lips, put on Aquafor each night before you go to bed. It really really helps for the next day. Try it and see if you Mac product is less drying for you!

A Perfect Gray said...

bronze heads are beautiful. your photo is stunning. it is interesting how the colorless effect brings out the facial features

Style Redux 2 said...

Definitely "Night of the Living Dead." But then I even garden wearing red lipstick.

jasonwclark said...

I love everything about this look. It puts all the focus on your eyes, which are ridiculously gorgeous done up this way.

I don't know if other people feel the same, but I always think the trees in the park look most striking when its overcaste outside. Hazel greens light up like crazy set against a pallid backdrop, and LT is just beautiful in this shot.

Obscura said...

I think a lack of blush makes women look much more serious...and otherworldly.

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