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9+1 Sexy and Simple Hair and Makeup Secrets

9+1 Sexy and Simple Hair and Makeup Secrets

Pro pointers and product must-haves for making the season's best hair and makeup looks work for you.




Crimson Kisser


Seen at: Miu Miu, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera

On the runway: "I call this the 'Hitchcock heroine,'" says runway makeup artist Linda Cantello, who painted red lips on models at the Carolina Herrera show.

On you: Pick a cool, bluish red -- no matter what your skin tone -- for maximum impact.

Try: Linda Cantello Lipcolor in Killer Red (left, center) or Ruthless (left, top and bottom), BeneFit Lip Color in Such a Red






Big Hair











Seen at: Donna Karan New York, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chanel

On the runway: "This season, I was inspired by rock artists who pile their dreadlocks on top of their heads," says Odile Gilbert, the runway stylist who reintroduced the bouffant at the Chanel show.

On you: A modified version of this look can be worn with short or long hair, then adorned with accessories. To do, simply spray a root-booster onto damp locks, blow-dry with a round brush, then lift the front section into place and pin.

Try: Frédéric Fekkai flowered elastic (left) and feathered headband (right), Matrix Amplify Root Lifter






Statement Brows


Seen at: Balenciaga, Sportmax, Prada

On the runway: The arch of the moment is much more pronounced than in seasons past, with a gently rounded line and strong color. "Everyone is finally growing back their brows!" rejoices Gordon Espinet, makeup artist for MAC.

On you: For the most believable look, Cantello recommends applying a light brown (if you're fair) to dark brown (if your complexion is deeper) brow pencil to the top of your hand, then dipping a firm, angled makeup brush in the color and sweeping it over your brows, filling in gaps and enhancing the color.

Try: L'Oréal Brow Colourist in Mocha (left)






Smooth Hair








Seen at: Michael Kors, Calvin Klein

On the runway: "Straight hair has become a classic -- and it always looks healthy and shiny," says runway stylist Jimmy Paul. "But that severely flat-ironed finish is not really the trend right now. Instead, you want your hair to look like you've gotten a slightly imperfect blow-dry."

On you: After washing and conditioning, use a paddle brush and a blow-dryer to pull your damp hair straight. Then, warm a quarter-size dollop of styling cream between your palms and use your fingers to run it through your hair, roots to ends, to rumple and soften the look a little.

Try: Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme (right), Bio Ionic Brush (left)

Tip: Run a flatiron through the ends of your hair to get rid of puffiness, but not body.







Baby-Doll Cheeks


Seen at: Oscar de la Renta, Balenciaga, Diane von Furstenberg

On the runway: To add a bit of flair to the semimatte-finish skin seen on many runways, makeup artists chose to play up cheeks with moist, sheer red and baby-pink shades.

On you: Choose a gel or cream color and apply in a circular motion to the tops of your cheekbones, then blend down for the most natural-looking flush.

Try: MAC Stain in Pink Lure (left), Christian Dior So Cheek! Naturel Cheek Glow #838

Tip: To make your flushed cheeks appear to glow, use a finger to tap highlighter just above the tops of your cheekbones.







Bold Hair Color

Seen at: Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti

On the runway: "Lately, most of the models have been skipping subtle highlights and asking instead for strong, solid blondes; rich, chocolate browns; and deep, saturated reds," says Adam Reed, a runway stylist who worked on the Matthew Williamson and Imitation of Christ shows.

On you: Pump up your natural hair color at home with a soft, semipermanent hue from a box or ask your colorist to apply a tinted color gloss.

Try: L'Oréal Casting ColorSpa Moisture Actif

Hair Color in Wheat #46 for blondes, Cocoa #24 for brunettes and Redwood #26 for redheads







Blunt Bangs

Seen at: MaxMara, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Stella McCartney

On the runway: "All the models came to the shows this year with freshly cut bangs," says Laurent D, a bicoastal stylist who worked on the Cynthia Steffe and Alice Roi shows.

On you: For a perfect fringe, stay away from wisps, which can look messy. Instead, ask your stylist to cut heavy bangs that hit well below your brows and extend to the outer corners of your temples. This way, you can also pin them to the side on days you want to hide them.







Gem-Tone Eyes


Seen at: Tom Ford for YSL Rive Gauche, Celine, Heatherette On the runway: "This is a very big makeup moment," says Cantello, who noted the preponderance of vibrant eye colors, like blues, purples and greens.

On you: Using "gemstones" to play up your eyes can be very elegant for evening -- just use one in the inner or outer corner of each eye. (Or skip the stones altogether and just use a gem-tone shadow and liner.) Also, makeup artists used to recommend playing up eyes or lips (but not both), but Cantello says strong eyes actually now warrant strong lips for balance.

Try: Urban Decay Rocks (individual stones, left), Sebastian Trucco Paparazzi Cream

Tip: To avoid looking like a showgirl, skip heavy face powder and pair your bright eyes with dewy skin.







White Liner


Seen at: Fendi, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton

On the runway: "Sixties trends were big, like lining the lower lid with white pencil," says runway makeup guru Tom Pecheux.

On you: Pecheux says stark white can be scary in real life, so use off-white instead or soften a white line with a cotton swab.

Try: Shiseido The Makeup Eyeliner Pencil in White (left), Estée Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in White (far left), Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in #0




Knockout Nails





Seen at: Betsey Johnson, Esteban Cortazar, Peter Som

On the runway: Although nudes complement every skin tone and outfit, brights are fall's biggest hit.

On you: Keep your nails filed relatively short and slightly rounded to pull off vibrant hues.

Try: Agnès B. Nail Color in Jelly Mandarine (left), Creative Nail Design polish in Hotski to Tchotchke