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Beautifall You

Our experts’ head-to-toe guide to the season’s hottest trends, products, gadgets, workouts and more


Shiny black eye shadow, bold red lips and hairstyles ranging from slick and tightly pulled back, to 60s-style bombshell à la Brigitte Bardot graced the catwalks during the fall fashion shows. These creative looks need a little reimagining before making their debut on Greenwich Avenue. Here, a more user-friendly approach

Runway hair color has shifted from highlights to solid, overall tonal color this season. “I’m going to be doing a lot more light blonds with minimal contrast,” says Joel Warren, co-owner of the Warren-Tricomi salon, of his plans for fall hair color. “We’re going to be seeing more monotone blondes — a more dramatic look that’s lighter, with less contrast, a little dimension, but very interesting and bold.” For darker hair, he envisions deeper, warmer browns and rich, bright redheads.

“It’s either all about a really strong eye with an almost nude lip, or a really powerful lip with a very strong color and then an eye that becomes less important,” says Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director for Neiman Marcus. A liquid liner and a lot of lash bring attention to the eye without the black-shadowed lids seen on the catwalks. Or create a smokier effect with rich, jewel-toned color palettes of plum and peacock blue and a little gold shimmer. Instead of the severe, almost-black lips seen on the runway, soften the look with beautiful purple and berry tones, rich currant, raspberry and even deep magenta, suggests Downing.

With statement jewelry a focus for fall, Downing says you want your hair slicked back into a tight, glossy knot or loosely formed into an easy, casual knot in the back. “Or there’s nothing that looks as great as just a really sleek ponytail – it’s always chic, always in style,” he adds.


Make the most of your minutes with products that fit into your schedule

Get professional results in your own bathroom with glycolic peels that help renew healthy surface cells and enhance natural collagen production. To try:  l’oréal paris Advanced Revitalift Anti-Aging Glycolic Peel Kit ($24.99 at drugstores).

Leave-in conditioners instantly make your hair softand manageable and tame frizzies and flyaways —classic fall problems. frédéric fekkai’s new All-Day Hair Plump provides continuous moisture throughout the day. ($95, exclusively at the Westchester Neiman Marcus store and Frédéric Fekkai Salons)


Serve up a moisture-building masque to moisturize and calm skin that’s been exposed to the fall elements. Consider the june jacobs Redness Diffusing Masque ($56, at junejacobs.com and select spas nationwide)

Treat your tresses with a restorative conditioning treatment. This care is ideal for hair that has been weakened or damaged by coloring or heat styling. Try warren-tricomi Daily Hair Masque from The Repair Collection ($38, available at all Warren-Tricomi salons or at warrentricomi.com)


Night creams can enhance your skin’s overnight repair process, so you look like you had a good rest, even if you didn’t. Products such as caudalíe Vinoperfect Night Correcting Cream can work wonders for tired-looking skin.  ($68, at Sephora, sephora.com)
While you sleep, intensive serums can strengthen each strand and fill in damaged areas. Let your hair work while you rest with ted gibson Goodnite Hair Repair Serum ($200, available at Sephora, sephora.com or Saks Fifth Avenue)


Why should women have all the fun? The men’s grooming market is booming. We’ve narrowed the field for you, gentlemen:

  1. Real men moisturize. kiehl’s facial fuel anti-wrinkle cream is an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer cream specifically for males that reduces fine lines and improves facial firmness. ($35 at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue or kiehls.com)
  2. Don’t feel the burn. l’oréal men’s expert hydra energetic turbo recharger soothes razor irritation and invigorates and moisturizes skin in one quick step. ($10.49 at drugstores)
  3. Put your best hand forward. Celebrity manicurist Jessica Vartoughian’s gentlemen’s club kit contains four easy-to-use manicure products to keep macho hands looking great. ($39.95 at jessicacosmetics.com)
  4. Deliberate “undone” hair takes work. frédéric fekkai coiff nonchalant piecing and forming wax adds the finishing touches and texture to styled hair to keep it in place. ($23 at Neiman Marcus, Frédéric Fekkai salons and fekkai.com)
  5. Are you a rambling man? jack black’s jet settraveler kit contains carry-on-friendly products to meet your face, body and shaving needs, all in FAA-approved 1.5-oz. sizes. ($32 at Neiman Marcus, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores or getjackblack.com)

If an eyelash curler is the most exciting beauty tool buried in your makeup drawer, it’s time to embrace technology. A look at some of the most innovative devices now on shelves:

  1. Gemstones aren’t just for jewelry.
  2. The newest and fastest hairdryers use natural tourmaline gemstones to generate negative ions into the airflow, helping moisture penetrate through the hair’s outer cuticle layer and offsetting drying effects so hair retains its natural volume and shine. The t3 pro dryer heats up your morning in a hot shade of pink. ($119 at t3micro.com and select salons)
  3. Washcloths are becoming relics of the past with the introduction of the clarisonic skin care system, which uses sonic oscillation technology to deeply cleanse, stimulate and clarify the skin. ($195 at Sephora or Saks Fifth Avenue stores)
  4. The latest weapon in the war against acne? Heat! New handheld acne treatment devices use controlled pulses of heat to neutralize pimple-causing bacteria. Treatment time with thermaclear is only two seconds. ($149 at Sephora, sephora.com or thermaclear.com)
  5. Lights out for fine lines and wrinkles. Light therapy can activate skin cells and treat sun damage, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and acne. The evis md platinum light therapy anti-aging treatment red and blue devices each use different light wavelengths to address one specific skin problem. ($225, call 877-629-4429 for availability information)
  6. Have a heat wave break up any unwanted hair and leave your skin smooth. The no!no! hair removal device’s Thermicon technology targets the hair shaft to remove hair and disrupt further hair growth over repeated treatments. ($250, available at Sephora and sephora.com)

Scents popular this season are warm, full-bodied and lush, with musk and amber base notes. Try these top winners of The Fragrance Foundation 2008 FiFi Awards:

annick goutal Eau d’Hadrien
marc jacobs Daisy 
christian lacroix Rouge
prada Infusion d’Iris

dolce & gabbana
Light Blue Pour Homme
Privé Vetiver
derek jeter
Driven Black


There’s something about fall that means running around town picking up new ballet shoes and cleats, or reconnecting with social and professional contacts. Before you know it, your planner is jam-packed and your to-do list is a mile long. Fear not, you can squeeze in some fast pampering to help you look and feel your best. Some of our favorite places to indulge: 

Blow-outs: frédéric fekkai, fekkai.com, 203-861-6700
Botox or Photofacials: greenwich medical spa, greenwichmedicalspa.com, 203-637-0662
Brow Shaping: noble salon, noblesalon.com, 203-322-8483
Chair Massage: massage mavens, massagemavens.com, 203-340-2518
Laser Hair Removal or Microdermabrasion: american laser centers, americanlaser.com, 203-625-0800
Makeup Application: warren-tricomi salon, warrentricomi.com, 203-863-9761


An insider’s peek at this season’s biggest beauty trends:

Matte, powdered skin
Subtly defined cheeks
Statement hair

Dewy complexions
Dramatic cheek color
Skinny schoolgirl headbands


“Good nutrition is the basis for everything in your system, including skincare,” notes Erica Christ, MS, RD, CDE at the Center for Healthy Living at Greenwich Hospital. “Most people know when they're not eating well and not hydrated — it shows in their face.  Whether it’s dry skin or breakouts, their skin is a little off.” So what foods should you keep on your beauty menu? 

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will supply most of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.  Remember to eat the rainbow. Each different color fruit or vegetable is a different source of vitamins and nutrients, so the greater the variety of colors you work into your diet, the better. According to Erica, some of the most important vitamins and nutrients for your daily intake (through whole foods, not supplements) include: antioxidants (found in all berries); beta-carotene (found in orange-colored fruits and vegetables such as carrots, squash, yams, mangos and papayas); vitamin C  (found in citrus fruits, tomatoes and broccoli); and vitamin E (found in healthy monounsaturated olive and canola oils and in nuts and seeds).

Lean proteins such as wild salmon (which also contains plenty of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids), turkey and chicken are also important, notes Peak Physique’s Angela Schiz, a registered nutritionist and a member of the American Dietetic Association.  Proteins provide the essential amino acids your body needs to stay healthy and build muscle.

power smoothie
This yummy boost is courtesy of Peak Physique’s Angela Schiz:

    1     cup soy or low-fat milk
    5     ounces frozen blueberries
  1/4     cup vanilla lowfat yogurt
    1    teaspoon honey
    1     teaspoon flax seed
    1     handful ice cubes
Mix in a blender to desired consistency.


1. Fall’s fashions call for toned arms, slim waists and shapely legs. Keep the exercise momentum you got going in the summer (tennis, swimming, or golf anyone?) and maintain a fitness commitment throughout the fall to look fabulous in the sleeveless shifts, belted waists and just-past-the-knee hemlines that ruled the runways. Added bonus: You won’t have to work so hard in the spring to look great in next summer’s swimsuits.

2. Diversity translates into calm and energy. To achieve these benefits, Dominic Novak, owner, president and lead trainer at Peak Physique of Greenwich, recommends constantly changing routines and exercise programs to keep your entire body moving. Incorporating many different methods of exercising, such as cardiovascular, resistance, core and circuit training, stretching and yoga, keeps the body from getting adapted to a set program and targets your entire body with both aerobic and anaerobic workouts.

3. Your inner glow is the best accessory of all. “Exercise can help slow down the aging process and improve skin radiance and muscle tone while promoting a deeper inner connection to your body,” says Jesenia Munoz, director of Studio Uma in Greenwich. On that note, Cindy L. Sites, owner of Go Figure Fitness Studios in Greenwich, adds, “When a person feels good they generally look good. In order for a person to truly feel good, they must achieve a nice balance in three areas — cardiovascular exercise, strength training and nutrition. The fabulous body that you develop in the process is almost a side effect.”


For all you product junkies, a sampling of goodies, from steals to splurges:

under $50
philosophy Hope in a Jar High Performance Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($45 at Sephora, sephora.com and philosophy.com)
clé de peau Rouge Satiné/Extra Silky Lipstick ($49.99 at The Westchester Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores)

under $100
kinerase Extreme Lift Eye anti-aging lotion ($95 exclusively at Sephora or kinerase.com)
three custom color Specialists Mom on the Go beauty survival kit ($98.50 each at threecustom.com.)

under $250
frédéric fekkai Overnight Hair Repair ($195 at Frédéric Fekkai salons or fekkai.com)
lancôme Secret de Vie Ultimate Cellular Reviving Crème ($240, at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores)


Studio Uma’s Jesenia Munoz and Go Figure’s Cindy L. Sites share their favorite fall firmer-uppers:

The Bike
target area: legs
duration: 10-30 minutes
“Cycling indoors or out is a great warm-up exercise that is good for cardiovascular fitness and to strengthen and tone the legs, especially the quadriceps,” says Jesenia.

Toning routine
1. Triceps Dip
target area: upper arms
duration: Aim for 3 sets of 10
Cindy says to begin seated with your knees bent. Then place your hands under your shoulders closely in toward your bottom. Raise your rear off of the floor by straightening your arms. Slowly bend and straighten your arms. Your weight should be pushing back so as to put all of the work in the back of both arms.

2. Back Kicks
target area: glutes and hamstrings
duration: Repeat 15-20 times each leg
(start with one set and work up to three).
Lie on your stomach on a floor mat, keeping your legs straight and your upper body relaxed, instructs Jesenia. Exhale lifting one leg until you feel the contraction
in your glutes and hamstrings. Inhale, bringing the leg back down.

3. Pelvic Tips
target area: glutes
duration: 2-3 minutes
Cindy says to start by lying on the floor on your back (with a mat or towel underneath you). Bend your knees and place your feet hip-width apart on the floor (about eight inches away from your tush). Keeping the back of your rib cage on the floor, tip your pelvis up and down, feeling the tightness behind the entire back of the leg and up into the gluteal area. This achieves a high/lifted seat and releases the lower back. Play some fun music as you do this and move up and down using different rhythms—it will almost feel like dancing.

4. Floor Obliques
target area: abs and obliques
duration: Repeat 15-20 times (start with one set and eventually work up to three) Jesenia suggests lying face up on floor with straight legs, elbows wide and fingertips behind your head. Contract your abdominal muscles to keep your lower back neutral against the floor. Exhale while lifting head and shoulder blades off the floor, rotating your torso and reaching up with one elbow while bringing the opposite knee in toward your chest. Inhale going back to starting position and slowly continue alternating.

5. Push-Ups
target area: chest, shoulder & triceps
duration: Repeat 5-10 times. (start with one set and work up to three)
Jesenia says to start with palms on the floor, aligned under the shoulders. Keep your body straight and feet together. Lower your body towards the floor. Bend your arms and keep your palms in place, pause for a moment. Straighten your arms for the next push-up and exhale.

1. Spinal Flexion and Extension
duration: Repeat 10-15 times
To stretch and relax your spine, sit on a chair with your hands on the knees and inhale while rounding your spine, says Jesenia. Next, exhale while gently arching your spine. Perform these movements slowly.

2. Hamstring Stretch
duration: Repeat 2-3 times each side
Sit on the floor with one leg straight and the other leg crossed over the straight leg. Slowly reach forward towards your foot while breathing deeply, holding for 20 seconds.


We asked local beauty experts for their opinions about popular hair and skincare beauty myths. Here’s what they had to say:

myth: You should drink eight  glasses of water a day.
truth: “I don’t know where that started,” says Dr. Rand L. Werbitt, MD, a dermatologist based in Stamford. “Your body really figures out where it needs moisture. So whether it’s three glasses a day or eight glasses a day, it’s probably a good idea to maintain hydration.”

myth: Bangs are only for young women.
truth: “Bangs have no age,” says Joel Warren, owner of the Warren-Tricomi Salon in Greenwich. “Not many looks have an age limit. It all depends on the look, the style, and what you’re trying to achieve.”

myth: You don’t need sunscreen in cold weather.
truth: One of the biggest mistakes people make is not using sunscreen during the fall and winter, says Marria Pooya, manager of the Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa. “UVA rays, which cause premature aging, can penetrate clouds and windows throughout the year. Check to make sure your sunscreen blocks out both UVA and UVB rays, and wear a minimum SPF 15 in the winter.”

myth: Once you reach 40, you shouldn’t have long hair.
truth: What’s really more important is that the length be perfectly suited to the person, and that the condition and texture of the hair are well cared for, says Garrett Noble, cofounder of the Noble Salon. “Super-long hair that isn’t cared for, or is just long for the sake of being long, is a definite ‘no’ at any age.”

myth: Tans from tanning salons are safe.
truth: “Totally unsafe,” says Dr. Werbitt. “It’s like going to the beach.”

myth: You should wash your hair every day.
truth: “I believe you should wash your hair every day,” says Warren. “Washing your hair is like watering the plants — it’s taking care of it, it’s nurturing it. Our products actually make your hair better — so we’re enhancing your hair and making it shinier, healthier and stronger.”

myth: The best time for laser hair removal is right before you hit the beach.
truth: Many people think that laser hair removal is a one-step process, but it usually takes anywhere from three months to a year to get completely bare, says Marria. “To really get permanent hair reduction you need to do a series of treatments, so it’s a good idea to start in the fall for the following summer.”

myth: The only way to avoid “hat hair” is to keep your hat on.
truth: “Carry a water sprayer in your purse with a mix of conditioner and water,” suggests Noble. A light spritz after you remove your hat will rejuvenate the product you used in the morning, revitalizing curls or taming down static.

myth: If you tug at your skin too much when taking off your makeup, you’ll get wrinkles.
truth: “Wrinkles are caused by sun damage, gravity, a function of the facial expressions that you make and your genetic predisposition,” explains Dr. Werbitt.

myth: Cutting hair makes it grow faster.
truth: “Hair breaks because you have split ends, and then it seems like your hair is growing slower,” says Warren. “So when you cut your hair and you stop the ends from breaking, it seems like it’s growing faster.”