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What's Hot for Fall Makeup? Plus Exclusive Tips from a Pro!

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Fall is just around the corner and it is time to start switching out your makeup colors for the new season! Whether you are trying out a new hair color or the hottest new makeup palette, you want to make sure that the makeup color you choose is right for you.

Rachel Gangemi, a celebrated brow expert and makeup specialist at the acclaimed Valery Joseph Salon, shares her tips for matching the right makeup for your hair color to ensure it stands out:

  • Platinum blondes should stick to the cooler tones. Stay away from copper and orangey colors. Choose cooler colors for eyes (silver or taupe). Pinks and blue-reds for lips and cheeks balance the hair shade best.
  • Golden blondes should choose peaches and pinks for cheeks/lips. Mauves, pinks and purples are good for eyes.
  • Beach blondes (with warmer highlights) need warmer tones like honey and caramel. Golden colors are also very nice. These colors are good for eyes, cheeks and lips.
  • Dark haired people have a larger color palette to choose from. Berries, wines, burgundies, mauves, plums and even lighter shades of pinks and metallics are all good for lips. Eyes shades like navy blue, grays and purple enhance the eye color. You can even go darker with brown and black for a smokey look.
  • All hair colors can wear a smokey eye. You just use shade for your color. Darker hair shades can go a little more dramatic.


For Fall/Winter Makeup trends, Rachel notes what will be “in” this season:

  •          Cat- eyes are huge
  •          Orangey and copper tones on eyes
  •          All shades of purple (deep, brownish purple, purple and plums)are big this season on eyes
  •          Pearly, glittery smokey eyes and dark smokey eyes have been all over the runway
  •          Grays - misty soft washes of gray all over the eye 
  •          Lips are all over from deep semi stains in wine, red or burgundy to really gloss 
  •          Skin is luminous finished



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Rachel Gangemi

 Eyebrow and Makeup Specialist

Immaculate brows, fresh dewy makeup: Both have become Rachel Gangemi’s signatures. They’re what bring her loyal clientele to Valery Joseph, and they’ve also earned her prominent positions at some of New York’s most prestigious salons.

Her 20-year-career began in Boston, where she worked as a licensed esthetician and makeup artist. Her talents soon brought her to New York, where she was asked to join the legendary John Barrett Salon on the penthouse floor of Bergdorf Goodman.

At John Barrett Salon, she quickly became known as the go-to makeup artist and brow expert for New York society, visiting royalty and celebrities. Since Rachel’s trademark technique of sculpting and shaping brows is so challenging to replicate—it involves a meticulous combination of tweezing and trimming, all while the client sits upright—many high-profile clients flew her around the world to make them look their most beautiful.

She later joined Butterfly Studio, and after two years, became part of the Valery Joseph team, where she’s been for seven years. 

“The boutique atmosphere allows me to give my clients that personal one-on-one attention they’ve come to expect,” she says. Despite her busy schedule, Rachel continues to take on new clients, many of who all found out about her the same way—admiring a friend’s (or sometimes stranger’s!) brows. “That’s always the nicest compliment.”

Since Rachel occupies the rare position of being both a respected makeup artist and brow expert, she continually appears in national publications like Allure and InStyle, among others. 

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