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What looks luxe

Four beauty trends to try now.

By Rachel Raczka
September 18, 2011

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Even if you’re not investing in a new wardrobe this season, stay au courant by indulging in the season’s newest makeup trends. This fall, metallics are big  —  on eyes and nails  —  as are strong, well-defined brows and glossy, gorgeous hair. The good news is, there are terrific finds at your local drugstore as well as specialty boutiques. And for a hint of luxury, Chanel has rolled out an array of striking nail colors that will take you all the way through the holidays.


Inspiration: Freida Pinto, Kate Middleton, Anne Hathaway

How to get it Now that the ship has sailed on marrying Prince Charming (William), set your sights on your own royal treatment: nourished, healthy hair that catches the light. For that, you’ll need your tresses to be well moisturized (but not weighed down) and sleek.

Expert tip “This fall we will see lots of smooth, gorgeous blown-out hair, and the key to this style is weekly deep conditioning.” Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and Aussie spokeswoman

Products to try Living proof Full Shampoo, $24 for 8 oz., Sephora stores; TIGI Catwalk Blow Out Balm, $19.95,; Oscar Blandi Hair Lift, $28,; Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, $3.99, Walgreens locations.


Inspiration: Kristen Stewart, Camilla Belle, the women of Mad Men

How to get it Keep a fuller, darker brow this fall by skipping the salon and tweezing at home. A tinted coat of styling/setting gel will keep your brows in line, while a conditioning brow color will promote growth and darken any sparse spots.

Expert tip “This fall season, don’t be afraid to go bold with your brows  —  thick and dramatic is in. An eyebrow pencil is a great way to fill in areas lacking growth and gives your brows instant definition.” Tracy Ogden, Beauty Store

Products to try Urban Decay Brow Styling Brush and Setting Gel, $20, Macy’s stores; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, $21,; Tweezerman Stainless Steel Point Tweezers, $22,


Inspiration: Olivia Wilde, Jason Wu’s Fall 2011 fashion show

How to get it Add a layer of glitz to a smoky evening eye. A thick line drawn with a chubby pencil can be instantly glammed up by a finger pat of metallic cream shadow. Try a highly pigmented one paired with a shimmer-flecked liner and two coats of mascara.

Expert tip “With the smoky eye, I tell girls to remember that you don’t have to be perfect. It’s a smoky eye, it should look smoky!” Brian Granoff, tarte cosmetics

Products to try tarte, smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner in “Golden Black,” $25, at Ulta in Everett; Illamasqua Liquid Metal eye shadow in “Enrapture” and “Solstice,” $26, at Sephora stores; L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in “Carbon Black,” $8.95, CVS stores.


Inspiration: Beyonce’s frosty terra-cotta manicure at the Video Music Awards

How to get it While we predict Chanel’s grunge glam nail colors  —  silver-flecked “Graphite” in particular  —  will fly off the shelves this season, we’ve got our eyes on equally chic contenders that fit the “it” category of tarnished, multidimensional metallics. Among the best bets: shades by Deborah Lippmann, Rimmel, and Sally Hansen.

Expert tip “Just when we’d thought we’d seen every shade of dirt possible, a little shimmer was added to give them a new edge for fall.” Donna Charloff, director of training and service development at MiniLuxe

Products to try MiniLuxe Color Collection “Luxe Glamour,” $8, MiniLuxe locations; Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer in “Brick House,” $16, Nordstroms locations and; Chanel Le Vernis in “Graphite,” “Peridot,” and “Quartz,” $25 each, Chanel beauty counters statewide; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish in “Oxide,” $7.99, CVS store locations; Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro nail polish in “Rags to Riches,” $3.99, Walgreens store locations.

Rachel Raczka can be reached at and tweeted @Rachel_Raczka.