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Neutral #1: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs in 15 Les Sables

Guerlain Fall 2014 Makeup Trend 1

(images from www.cosme.net)

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Purple is a versatile color. It can be cute, sensual, sophisticated, vibrant, and edgy. It has also been one of my favorite colors for many years. (See my A Splash of Color: Lilting Lilac (Part 1), (Part 2) & (Part 3).) After a relatively short hiatus, it is great to see purple back on trend for spring 2014. Here are my top 10 purple picks for this season:

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1. Shu Uemura Silk Cushion Eye Shadow in Amethyst Purple

Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Makeup Trend 1

(image from www.cosme.net)
(info from www.cosme.net, www.biteki.com,
i-voce.jp & www.maryquant.co.jp)

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Kanebo Lunasol Fall 2013 Makeup 4

(Lunasol Velvetful Eyes in 03 Dark Brown Velvet)
(images from www.cosme.net)

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For fall/winter 2013, many major beauty brands released deep and understated colors, and dark neutrals emerged as one of the key color trends.

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Mary Quant Spring 2013 Makeup Trend 1

(Mary Quant Eye Opener Selection 2013 Spring in I)
(images from www.cosme.net)

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For spring 2013, among many fairly colorful makeup collections from various brands, pink and green seem to be two of the trend colors. There is a range of pink hues, from soft peachy pinks to dramatic fuchsia pinks. On the other hand, green has been a key shade for some time (spring 2012 and fall 2012). The palettes from Mary Quant (above) and YSL (below) include both shades.

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Nars Fall 2012 Makeup Trend 1(combining two trends: Nars Trio Eyeshadow in High Society)
(image from beautyplus.iswii.net)
(images from www.cosme.net unless otherwise noted)

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Purple and green have emerged as the dominant colors for fall 2012. Continuing from the spring 2012 makeup trend, green is still a key player. On the other hand, I am glad that purple is back on trend.

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Givenchy Spring 2012 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.parfumsgivenchy.jp)

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After purples for spring 2011 and blues for fall 2011 (as well as warm-toned and cool-toned neutrals, which have been taking turns to be on-trend in the last few seasons), we have green in its various hues for spring 2012.

Givenchy‘s spring 2012 Instant Bucolique makeup collection features a strong visual (above) and makes a statement with a fresh and spring-like minty green in Le Prisme Eyes Quartet in 79 Bucolic Blossoms. A very similar shade is seen in Venis Please in 178 Bucolic Lily.

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NARS Fall 2011 Makeup Trend 1(NARS fall 2011)
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Without a doubt, blue is one of the trend colors for fall 2011. Compared with gray from spring 2011, blue can often offer the same depth but with more vibrancy. This season, it is more about an intense smoky look with blue, but there are also softer alternatives.

A bright cobalt blue, NARS‘ Single Eyeshadow in Outremer (below) is one of the most striking blues of fall 2011. Its matte finish and high pigmentation level will surely please those who go for a bolder look.

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Givenchy Summer 2011 Makeup Trend 1(Givenchy summer 2011 makeup collection)
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Summer makeup colors are usually a mixture of earthy bronze-toned hues and more vibrant shades, so rich colors are always around for summer. But, looking at some of the upcoming summer 2011 makeup collections, I think the last time when there was such a full-on array of dazzling colors was probably back in 2005.

(It was the year of Dior’s Duo Couleurs in 265 Diormambo (fuchsia pink & yellow) & 355 Diortropic (green & warm blue), YSL’s Bayadère Eyeshadow & Bayadère Pressed Powder, Chanel’s Lumières Facettes in 58 Lagons, and Givenchy’s Summer Eyes Cream in 31 Summer Pastel (more photos here).)

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Dior Spring 2011 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.iswii.com)

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After a few seasons of warm neutrals, grey emerges as one of the hottest shades for spring 2011. The looks that incorporate grey are chic and sophisticated, with a feel of low-key glamour. Meanwhile, surprisingly, purples are still at center stage, and, for this season, they are teaming up with warm neutrals for a natural but defined look.

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Silvers & Greys

Dior leads the rest of the field with an ultra-chic Gris Montaigne makeup collection. All the new eye makeup items are grey-toned, and the color theme extends to lip and nail items. You will also find greys in collections from other trend setters such as Guerlain and NARS.

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RMK Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.rmkrmk.com)

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Color-wise, the fall 2010 makeup trends seem to be a natural progression from the last few seasons. Beiges and browns dominated spring 2010, and they are still a key trend in fall 2010, (Gone are the grays, which were prominent in fall 2009, as a major color trend.) Meanwhile, purples shone last fall and they have taken on a few varied hues this season.

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Beiges & Browns

RMK puts browns firmly on center stage with the Autumn Brown collection. The limited-edition Brown Eyes palettes feature various brown tones. (The palettes are called Deep Brown, Dark Brown, Red Brown, Yellow Brown and Beige Brown.) Guerlain‘s new Écrin 6 Couleurs palettes are also based on a variety of neutral tones, while SUQQU‘s revamped makeup line lays the groundwork with six Blend Color Eyeshadow palettes, all with neutral hues.

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RMK Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 2

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Guerlain Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.guerlain.co.jp)

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SUQQU Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.biteki.com)

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Pinks, Mauves, Purples & Plums

Biteki (September 2010) calls them the berry tones, and those who are not enticed by the skin-tonal colors and who are interested in more vibrant shades might want to look into these mouth-watering colors.

Dior‘s 5 Color Design palette in Pink Design includes a dusty pink and a sophisticated muted purple. Estée Lauder‘s Pure Color 5 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Surreal Violet offers some delicious berry shades.  Addiction‘s fall 2010 makeup collection includes berry-toned items for eyes as well as lips. (Refer to the link for the new items for lips.)

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Dior Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.dior.com)

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Dior Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 2(image from www.sephora.com)

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Estee Lauder Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.esteelauder.com)

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Addiction Fall 2010 Makeup Trend 1(image from www.joseishi.net/voce)

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Mix & Match

What is interesting is that many brands feature both color trends in their fall 2010 makeup collections (either in one single item or in various items in the collection). Here are some of the highlights:

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