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Karen Filos is one of Atlanta’s most trusted beauty authorities. Photo by Stacey Panassidi

Face Value

by Kelley McLaughlin | Jezebel magazine | October 1, 2011

Beauty guru Karen Filos sure knows her stuff. And on the advent of autumn, she's gathered together these tips and tricks for putting your best face forward:

TREND 1: This fall's colors are deep, dark and rich: royal blues, dark plums. To set off these saturated hues, try ditching the mascara and applying a black cake liner with a brush instead. Lightly paint your lashes black and—voilà!—you're out the door.

TREND 2: We're craving deep, smoky eyes with a royal blue twist, set off by the neutrality of a beige lip. Start with a face primer, applying it prior to foundation and concealer, then add a bit of shimmer to your cheekbones. Make sure the lids of the eyes get a dabbling of concealer, too, so the color you add on top will appear even more vibrant. And it's not just reds that need liner; when using a light-colored lipstick, you still must fill in the whole lip with a very light pencil so the pigment stays put. Want the reverse of this trend? Opt for plum lips and sultry, sheeny, silver-taupe eyes.

TREND 3: Fuller eyebrows are making a comeback, but even bushier beauties still require good grooming. Try threading instead of waxing for an adventurous new way to get your face-framing accessories in shape.

Filos' favorite beauty products of the moment are true winners. Try out her stunning selections to get the brilliant looks above:

• Colors (eyes and lips): NARS' new nine-piece fall collection boasts dark/bold hues.
• Primer: Trish McEvoy's line includes "Even Skin" and "Beauty Booster," which banishes the signs of fatigue.
• Lip liner: Laura Mercier's lip pencil in "Hazelnut Tea"
• Lipstick: Laura Mercier's satin lip color in "Barely Nude"
• Liner: Laura Mercier's tightline cake liner in "Black Ebony"

The cosmetics genius behind all this great know-how recently launched a tutorial video on her website, There, you'll also find details on how to contact the superb hairstylist and makeup artist for a fabulous new look. Check it out!