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From bleached brows and aquatic eyes to nail embroidery, slick hair and multi-toned indulgence — make way for beauty trends from the London, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 27, 2012 00:32 IST

From bleached brows and aquatic eyes to nail embroidery, slick hair and multi-toned indulgence — make way for beauty trends from the London, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks

Get electric, the London way. At the fashion showcase in the British Capital, the eyes got bold, bright and pop. Go for coral colours, aquatic indulgence and shades of the sea. Beauty expert Blossom Kocchar says that it is easy to own this look. “Use your blue eyeshadow all over the upper eyelid, leaving the outer corner of the eye. Then, blend the colour and take it upwards. Over this eye shadow, apply another shade of dark navy blue eyeshadow and blend this colour in the outer corner of your eyes, and fill in the crease,” she says. Beauty expert Ambika Pillai adds that even though it’s easy to have fun with blue, it must be done without being over the top. “You cannot use heavy pop blue eyeliner or mascara when it comes to everyday wear. Instead, piggyback the blue eyeliner over your usual black eyeliner or apply black mascara and swipe the tips of your eyelashes with blue mascara,” she says.

Go beyond indulgent hues of nail paints and experiment with patterns, multi-colours, polka dots, intricate designs, embroidered jewels and nail wraps and foils. Whether be it designer Kate Spade’s pop kitsch or Prabal Gurung’s goth touch, there’s a lot one can do when it comes to styling your nails. Makeup expert Richa Aggarwal explains, “Women are getting more and more experimental when it comes to nail colours, nail art, nail spas and manicures. Don’t be afraid to blend in different colours together in varied designs and patterns.” Argentina-born designer Diego Binetti’s triple-tiered manicure was a high point at the fashion week. The three layered nails were inspired by oyster shells and got the fashion grapevine talking as soon as the paparazzi caught their first click of the artistic nail display. So, don’t be afraid to nail it like New York.

Fringes never go out of fashion, and at Milan, they were straight, soft, sleek and sometimes messy. From Prada’s runway ‘faux fringe’ look to Armani’s softer take — this breezy look has found many fans among fashion critics, experts and style bloggers. “Fringes go well with all kinds of looks, styles and clothes. From side-swept fringes, to messy cuts — be it short or long, carry them off with confidence and pair it up well with hair accessories,” says Delhi-based designer Nancy Minhas, adding, “Use turbans, hair clips and hair bands, or couple them up with top braids. What Prada has done is made forced-fringes cool. It’s a look that is tricky, but I would give it a thumbs up.” Other trends at the Milan fashion week included soft and straight at Roberto Cavalli, Trussardi’s short seated bangs, Dolce & Gabbana’s statement Grecian accessories, Gucci’s sleek look, which emphasised on middle partings and sleek, pulled back hair, which made the chiselled face contours of the models stand out. For a more Boho touch to your look, take inspiration from Fendi and go for slim hair bands in pop colours, placed on pulled back hair.

First Published: Sep 26, 2012 18:20 IST