Rad Or Bad: Tricky Runway Beauty Trends

The Paris, London, and Milan runways were loaded with beauty looks that clearly reveled in the rule-breaking aesthetic of Fashion Week. While technicolor lips and brightly colored eyes popped up in every city, another wave of head-turning looks were indexed in our questionable hair and makeup trend shortlist. And it wasn't just up-and-coming designers opting to play the wild card for spring 2011. Big names like Lanvin, YSL, and Giorgio Armani swapped in debatable looks too. Runway looks are bound to be a bit over the top, but can these trends translate into something fresh yet wearable or are they really just hair and makeup gone crazy?
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1. The Lower Level—Giambatissa Valli and Zac Posen chose to emphasize the lower lashline with a minimalist line at Valli and liner and fake lashes at Posen. Does the look throw off the eye makeup balance or is it or the perfect accent?
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Above, from left: Giambatissa Valli spring 2011 backstage beauty; Urban Decay Urban Lash in Lure, $15, available at UrbanDecay; MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, $15, available at MAC.
2. Slippery When Wet—Designers like Lanvin and Bottega Veneta went for the just-out-of-the-shower look. It's easy to replicate with damp hair and strong gel combed through the hair, but is it too Underwater World?
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Above, from left: Spring 2011 looks from Lanvin and Bottega Veneta; Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel, $13, for salons visit Redken.
3. Gone, Baby, Gone—Models at Valentino, Gareth Pugh, and YSL had brows bleached into oblivion, upping the pale-as-death meets sci-fi ante. Attempting this look is best left to the professionals and Wella's Laurie Foley offers these tips on making it work: "The goal of this look is to make the brows disappear, turning the spotlight on intense eye makeup or wow-worthy hair. You need to go as light as possible, so someone with light skin requires an almost white brow, while a nude effect on very dark skin is created by going only a shade or two lighter than skin level and then covering with foundation. While you may be tempted to do a quick at-home bleaching, risks include breakage if the bleach is left on too long or orange brows if wiped off to quickly."
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Above, from left: Spring 2011 looks from Valentino and YSL.
4. Wrap Stars—Andrew Gn, Giorgio Armani, and Moschino definitely made the turban the hair accessory of the moment, but does this look channel a new sophistication or just Palm Springs grandmother? Stylist Oribe tied up Armani's look and recommends pinning hair close to the scalp and spraying with a strong hold hairspray before turbaning-up.
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Above, from left: Spring 2011 looks from Giorgio Armani and Moschino; Oribe Superfine Hold Hairspray, $29, available at Oribe.
5. Pop Art, All Over—Cover Girl makeup artist Pat McGrath paired super-pigmented cream eyeshadow with vivid lips while M.A.C.'s Val Garland created an icy, Laduree-inspired look at Mary Katranztzou—but is the combo of both candy-colored eyes and lips daring or overkill?
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Above, from left: Spring 2011 beauty look from Dior; Dior Rouge in Favori Red, $30, available at Saks; Buxom There To Stay Eyeshadow in Saint Bernard, $17, available at Sephora.
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