GRAMMY Glam Squad: Fall Makeup Tips

(The Recording Academy has formed the GRAMMY Glam Squad, a diverse group of online influencers who will lead the discussion on beauty, fashion and lifestyle during GRAMMY Week in February 2012. The squad will provide exclusive VIP access to select events, including the highly anticipated red carpet for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Stay tuned here for more tips on how to be inspired, be connected and be noticed.)

It is that time of year again when we all turn our attention to fall trends and what new goodies we can add to our "little black" makeup bag. This season the trends are all about contradictions, which makes playing with makeup a lot more fun.

This year, we saw on the runways everything from a natural nude lip, taupe eye shadow and the "no-makeup" makeup look to pops of color on lips and smoky eyes in all different shades. So how do we update our makeup bag with such a wide variety of options? Here is what I suggest:

Keep it natural and simple with a few products to add when you are really feeling the glam.

Take your lead from the runways of Versace and Alexander Wang and pick up a foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone and complexion. Slip in a neutral eye shadow such as taupe, browns, pale grays, and soft metallic. (Volumizing mascara is also a must!) Apply the first light coat to the top and bottom lashes, and follow up with two more on the top to make your eyes really stand out. (Don't forget to curl them first!)

For those electrifying cheek bones, find your favorite coral blush and apply it just to the apples of your cheeks for a soft pop of color. Top it off with a great lip stain to add just a hint of color to your smile.

One last makeup bag staple that cannot be forgotten is a colorful shadow. Pick a color eye shadow that complements your eye color. For example, if you have green eyes get a beautiful deep plum or raspberry color and work that into your smoky eye for a modern look that will for sure get noticed. Lastly, I love to have a matte blood-red lipstick or stain, like we saw Gucci do at all of those holiday parties this season for that perfect final touch to make a statement.

What have some of your favorite looks been this season? Let me know by commenting below. And check back soon for more tips on beauty, fashion and lifestyle from my fellow GRAMMY Glam Squad members, and don't forget to catch all the glitz and glamour yourself by tuning in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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