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FACE Stockholm Fall 2011 Makeup Collection — A Touch Of Androgyny


For Fall 2011, many fashion designers played with gender-bending looks that incorporated tailored suits, loose-fitting pants with center pleats and roomy pockets, brogue lace-up shoes and boots, tuxedo jackets, skinny ties, fedoras and derby hats, double-breasted coats with strong shoulders, broad lapels, and other traditionally male fare. Toss in the current fascination with Andrej Pejic, a male model whose porcelain-like skin, wavy flaxen mane, and rosy pout allow him to strut alongside female catwalk veterans and still be considered the prettiest of the pack (he posed as a bride in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Summer 2011 couture show), and you’ve got a blueprint for the latest fashion and beauty trend, one that’s not limited by traditional gender-related norms but instead favors a tenuous androgyny.

In keeping with this chromosome-be-damned ethos, FACE Stockholm designed a Fall 2011 collection that celebrates the “borrowed-from-the-boys” style of old Hollywood screen sirens like 1920s actress Louise Brooks, whose jet back hair was styled into an ultra-short, face-framing, close-to-the-head, angled bob with symmetrical bangs, and who flaunted her strong, well-defined brows.

The FACE Stockholm “Bold Beauty” collection incorporates complexion-perfecting makeup like the Picture Perfect Foundation ($48 at FACEstockholm.com), a highly pigmented cream formula that yields a dewy finish, and Pressed Powder ($28 at FACEstockholm.com), which gives the skin a matte finish.

To create an assertive eye look, the FACE Stockholm team recommends using the Matte Shadow in Ash, a fawn-y, roasted hazelnut brown; Nude, a peach-tinged, desert sand hue; and Christo, a carrot juice-worthy orange with a near-fluorescent punch ($20 each at FACEstockholm.com). All three eye shadows feel powder soft (perhaps thanks to the talc in the formula) and boast a matte finish that’s devoid of shimmer without feeling flat or one-dimensional. To finish the look, FACE Stockholm recommends the Eye Pencil in Mörkbrun ($17 at FACEstockholm.com), an olive-tinged brown, the Black Volumizing Mascara, and the Brow Shadow in Myrrah ($24 at FACEstockhom.com) to fill in brows and create a strong, well-defined arch.

Rather than the traditional rosy tint, lips are given a rust-tinged, burnt orange flush by combining the Lip Liner in Kattis ($17 at FACEstockholm.com), a paprika-tinged red orange, with the colorless Vitamin C Lip Treatment ($22 at FACEstockholm.com), which moisturizes and protects lips while also helping to soften and dilute the Kattis color.

The result is a look that’s strong but seems natural and effortless.

After the jump, you’ll find swatches of the three new matte eye shadow hues and the lip pencil shade that stand at the core of this collection.

Below, you’ll find swatches of (from left to right) the Ash, Nude, and Christo Matte Shadows, followed by the Lipliner in Kattis:


Next, check out these products from a different vantage point, this time starting with the Kattis Lipliner, then moving on to the Christo, Nude, and Ash shadows. I’m loving the unabashed brightness of the Christo shadow and how well it plays against the neutral shades.


Stay tuned for a sample look created using these products!

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