The name of this fall's fashion game is ladylike glamour and beauty trends are following suit (in tweed, of course). Now's the time to paint your lips red and dig out your hot rollers. Whether you finish the look with a pair of kitten heels or an animal-print skirt, here's how to look the part:
Inspired by celebrity sirens like Rihanna and Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men," red hair is red-hot for fall. It's a color that suits many skin tones, says Mi Shaun Schmidt-Schwab, an award-winning colorist and owner of the Beauty Room in Minneapolis. The challenge is finding the right red. "People with fair skin should stay away from going too purple-red or too dark," she said, "and olive tones should stay away from anything too brassy."
Bigger is better than ever when it comes to lashes. You can try one of the volumizing mascaras, fumble your way through falsies, or do the dip. Lash dip, that is. This semi-permanent mascara, applied by a certified professional, darkens, lengthens and curls lashes for up to four weeks. $200 at Jett Makeup & Lash Bar, 3940 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-856-4888, jettmakeup.com.
While red never goes out of style for lips, this statement-making shade does evolve. The current rendition is decidedly retro, with warm undertones and a matte finish. For a classic 1940s look, try Lancome Le French Touch Absolu Lipstick in Rouge St. Honoré ($35 at department stores) or Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude ($8, Target).
Fall is definitely in the hair. From bouncy blowouts to towering bouffants, fuller is better. The first step toward Texas-sized tresses: Put down the flat iron. Then reach for a round brush, blow dryer and one of the latest high-tech volumizing products. Developed by MIT scientists, the Living Proof line uses special polymers to thicken and lift even the finest strands. Try Living Proof Full Thickening Cream, Mousse and Root Lifting Spray ($26 each at Sephora).
The goal is lit-from-within cheeks that look like you've just run a 100-yard dash. Since you probably haven't, fake a girlish glow by blending a cream or stain blush along the apples of your cheeks. Dewier formulas stay put longer than powder blush and look more natural because they don't sit on the surface of the skin. Try Tarte for True Blood Natural Cheek Stain ($30 at Sephora).
Skip the heavy (and expected) smoky eyes in favor of metallics. A wash of shimmering gold, silver, sage or blue is both modern and romantic. To avoid looking overly made up, keep the rest of your face clean with matte lips and subtle cheeks. Try: CoverGirl Intense Shadow Blasts ($8 at drugstores) or Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow Duos in Modern Mercury ($30 at department stores).
Clear complexions create the perfect palette for dramatic eyes and lips. If you're not genetically blessed with supermodel skin, try this two-pronged approach: Diminish post-summer sun damage with a serum containing natural brighteners such as willow bark or licorice root; then opt for a long-wearing, light-diffusing foundation for a photo-ready finish. Try iS Clinical White Lightening Complex ($125 at Skin Klinic of Edina, 3916 W. 50th St., Edina, 612-920-7546) and Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 ($42 at Macy's).
IN THE NUDE
After a summer of bright colors, nail polish is taking a surprising turn toward subdued, foundation-inspired shades. Nude, buff, tan and taupe are popular and practically foolproof. (It's hard to spot a chipped manicure when polish is flesh-toned.) Try Butter London in Tea With the Queen ($14 at butterlondon.com) or Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Fashion or Naked ($16 each at Nordstrom).
Minneapolis-based lifestyle writer Elizabeth Dehn is the founder of beautybets.com.