Beauty Experts Predict the Biggest Runway Trends for Fall 2013

Fashion month kicks off this week, and while you can sometimes predict what fashion trends will come down the runways based on trends from the pre-fall shows, it's not as easy to guess what kind of beauty looks designers will favor. Luckily we have tons of experts willing to make educated guesses. Click through for makeup, hair, and nail predictions. Will nail art still be big? Will hair be slick and crunchy? Find out!
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Fashion month kicks off this week, and while you can sometimes predict what fashion trends will come down the runways based on trends from the pre-fall shows, it's not as easy to guess what kind of beauty looks designers will favor. Luckily we have tons of experts willing to make educated guesses. Click through for makeup, hair, and nail predictions. Will nail art still be big? Will hair be slick and crunchy? Find out!
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Fashion month kicks off this week, and while you can sometimes predict what fashion trends will come down the runways based on trends from the pre-fall shows, it's not as easy to guess what kind of beauty looks designers will favor.

Luckily we have tons of experts willing to make educated guesses. Click through for makeup, hair, and nail predictions. Will nail art still be big? Will hair be slick and crunchy? Find out!

Smoky eye at Jeremy Scott, brows at Burberry, lashes at Gucci

Smoky eye at Jeremy Scott, brows at Burberry, lashes at Gucci

Eyes/Lashes/Brows:

Alexis Page, MAC’s Director of Global Product Development, had tons of insight into what we can expect to see on runways. While spring was notable for its blue eye shadow trend and the now-ubiquitous strong brow, here's what you can expect from runway peepers this season.

Eyes: We'll likely see an evolution of the smokey eye. Instead of black and grey, makeup artists will be using more "blackened" colors (above at left), like jewel tones. The overall effect is still sultry, but not as harsh.

Lashes: Fluttery, full long lashes are here to stay. (Page admits that she loves Kardashian style lashes.) We can also expect to see custom lash looks using cut up falsies.

Brows: While runway brows tend to be either bleached to oblivion or Cara-esque, we'll probably see less of the former. "I don’t see any sign of the super strong brow fading," Page said.

Matte red at Prada, contouring at Victoria Beckham, matte pink at Giles

Matte red at Prada, contouring at Victoria Beckham, matte pink at Giles

Lips/Face: MAC's Alexis Page thinks lips is where the color will be, and face color will get more neutral.

Lips: Lip color last season on several runways was vivid with a matte finish. Expect this trend to get even stronger for fall. Page also thinks it's an easy look for consumers to replicate.

Blush: While 80s style strong pink and coral colors have been mainstays, expect more neutral contouring this season. "Makeup artists will really be accenting the cheekbones, but using more tawny, tan, and nude type shades," Page told us.

Embellishment: Crystal embellishment is more popular than ever, thanks to Pat McGrath and her work with Raf Simons for Dior. Page acknowledges that it's a more couture look, but says makeup artists will carry fantasy eye lashes, glitter, and crystals to accommodate any request a designer dreams up.

Nude at Dolce & Gabbana, bloody tips at Prabal, graphic at Tracy Reese

Nude at Dolce & Gabbana, bloody tips at Prabal, graphic at Tracy Reese

Nails:

Alexis Page, MAC's Director of Global Product Development, and Tracylee, a Sally Hansen Nail Ambassador (and the nail guru responsible for the "bloody" nails at last season's Prabal Gurung show), have some opinions on what will be popular on tips this season.

Color: Both Page and Tracylee tell us to expect to see more jewel tones. "We’ll start to see more warm colors and less of the cool-toned and bright shades we’ve seen in the past," Tracylee said. Emerald green--the Pantone color of 2013--should also make a strong showing on nails, as well as red and gold.

Nudes: Yes, plain nails will still be a big trend. Page told us, "Neutral nails are classic backstage because they don't take away from the clothing or accessories." But Tracylee thinks nude coverage won't be too opaque or too sheer this season, but rather some happy medium.

Nail Art: It's still huge with consumers and it will still have a showing on the runway (we've already received notices from several nail wrap companies like Rococo and Nail Rock who are sponsoring shows). "We’ll see glitter nails, hand-painted nail art, and 3D embellishments," Tracylee said. "I predict that there will be a lot of color blocking and negative space on the nail."

Shiny hair at DVF, crunchy hair at Rodarte, luxury locks at DKNY

Shiny hair at DVF, crunchy hair at Rodarte, luxury locks at DKNY

Hair Styles: We chatted with hair stylist Matthew Morris, who's a Kérastase Tech Artist, for his take on what we may see on models' heads this season. Morris is really hoping for "healthy, shiny, luxurious, frizz free, supple, not crunchy or product laden" hair. He calls it "happy hair."

Braids and Ponytails: These styles will always be popular, but this season look for them to be looser and less structured.

Bedhead/Beach Wave: The new trend? Rich lady beach waves (or maybe even perms?). "Hair doesn't have to look trashed," Morris said. "You can do the beach wave in a way that screams luxury and that you’re expensive."

Oil Slick, Wet, Crunchy Hair: Morris said, "I think it will go away." {Ed. Note: Please, let it be so.}

Natural color at Rachel Zoe, cotton candy at Oscar de la Renta, rich lady color at Zac Posen

Natural color at Rachel Zoe, cotton candy at Oscar de la Renta, rich lady color at Zac Posen

Hair Color: It will be a return to natural.

Pastels: Cotton candy hair always pops up on multiple runways, but does the look still have legs? "When Oscar de la Renta does it [Ed Note: He did it for spring 2013], I think it's run its course," Morris said.

Natural Color: Ombre will be veering more towards monochromatic. Color will be more tone on tone (see Zac Posen's amazing hair color last season, above.)