It's pretty wild to start thinking about fall (summer, we hardly knew thee). But due to the fact that our social calendars aren't exactly filled this year—we're all about looking, planning, and anticipating the coming months. And relief from the heat is a pretty thrilling notion. It's always intriguing to see new trends crop up and the ones that'll stick around for yet another season—though, the best part about all of it is there's no reason to wait to start wearing them. Here, we're listing off the fall beauty trends you can incorporate into your look right now (and the products you can use to re-create each one).
We've got the aforementioned red lips—they're classic, pandemic be damned—vampy eyes, glossy hair, maximalist nails, and more. So, chances are, the coming season will not be boring in the beauty department. There has to be something to keep our idle hands occupied and our spirits up, ok? Keep scrolling to see what the best fall trends for the coming season.
The Wet-Look Shimmer
It comes as no surprise Euphoria-style makeup looks are still going strong—especially with a mask added to the mix. There's a playfulness to them, a no-holds barred attitude that allows for experimentation and artistry. Without knowing what was to come, designers sent their models down the runway in every last glossy, glittery eye number they could think of. Erin Parsons, the lead artist for Maybelline, created three different looks for the Alice + Olivia show, two of which included foiling (it intensifies your shadow color and extends the life of your look). Two of the three included glimmering gold and glittery green, a wet-look shimmer that offers tons of glint-y, light-reflecting goodness. Parsons used Maybelline's City Mini Palette in Urban Jungle ($7)
The Vampy Lid
For a while we all strayed from thick liner, inky black shadow, and the standard smoky eye in favor of a lighter, brighter, more natural look. Well, those days are over. Again, remember the aforementioned face mask. The punky trend is back with a vengeance, as demonstrated by the Libertine, Alice + Olivia, Naeem Khan, and Marc Jacobs fashion week shows. Grace Lee, the lead makeup artist for Maybelline paired dramatic, double-winged eyeliner and big lashes backstage at Libertine, using the brand's Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil in Deep Onyx ($6) as well as Hyper Easy Brush Tip Liquid Liner ($6) and The Falsies Lash Lift Washable Mascara ($9).
The Classic Red Lip
Yup, the red lip will always be around—pandemic be damned. It's a classic and it's still fun to wear inside, even if no one else is around. That's what Zoom was invented for. There's no better way to feel confident, powerful, and beautiful all at once. Heavy-hitters like Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs displayed siren-red, velvety red lips using Maybelline's SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer ($8) and Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Crème Lipstick ($32)—two cult-favorite formulas with ultra-pigmented color payoff. "Red lipstick is timeless," McGrath said backstage ahead of the Marc Jacobs show, "you think of all time periods, past, present, and future—and that makes beauty what it is today."
Rodarte switched things up a bit, if only slightly, with a burgundy number from Nars (the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, $27, if you're curious). It was a Dracula-meets-Winona Ryder moment.
The Soft Wash
With high-octane glamour, a subtle, silky look always follows close behind. This season designers like Naeem Khan, Aliétte, and Michael Kors opted less structure, a look that highlights a soft shadow wash with a single shade. It's easy to replicate (think: less blending) and you can even apply it with your fingers. You can go minimal with neutrals, or add a sheer pop of color with seasonal favorites like blue, pink, and maroon. Try Maybelline's Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette in Explorer ($14) or Glossier's Sky Wash ($18).
The Unexpected Eyeliner
Another mask-friendly favorite is an unexpected liner look. It's not classic black or barely-there, but rather more intentional and bold. Thing gold leaf, neon, graphic, and the like. Adeam sent this metallic look down the runway and we've been counting our gold products ever since. Re-create it with Nars' Powerchrome Loose Eye Pigment in Shock Em ($28), and if you're feeling adventurous you can apply gold leaf with Rosebud Salve.
The Low Twisted-Rope Braid
The last few years were punctuated with tons of height—high ponytails, towering topknots, and the like. This season, though, we're taking things down a notch with low styles in more interesting shapes. Enter: the low twisted-rope braid. We variations of the look grace the runways of Jonathan Simkhai, Brock Collection, and LaQuan Smith. Tresemmé stylist Odile Gilbert, who created the look for Jonathan Simkhai, pulled the hair back and double twisted it for a rope effect, before braiding the bottom. To keep the hold, she applied Tresemmé's Compressed Micro Mist Level 1: Texture Hair Spray ($6).
The Glossy Texture
This one is a quarantine breeze, as it's basically what we look out after a shower anyway—only cooler. The Blonds, Prabal Gurung, Christian Cowan, and Proenza Schouler all sent their models down the runway with glossy, shiny hair. But, it's not just your average wet-look of seasons' past. This year feels edgier, with deep parts, less perfection, and more editorial angles. There were low chignons, ponytails, and slick-backs all created with a bit of texture and gloss. At the Blonds, Moroccanoil's artistic director Kevin Hughes used Moroccanoil's Strong Hold Gel ($20), Luminous Hairspray Strong ($24), and Glimmer Shine ($28) at the very end for added shine.
The Crystal Embellishment
Sparkles are a theme, it seems, as they were just as popular on the eyes as they were in the hair this season. It adds glamour, luxury, and a little bit of fun to every look, allowing for light-reflecting shimmer with every step. Area turned out a full-on crystal head piece and Alice + Olivia worked the trend in a more subtle, but absolutely stunning way. Tresemmé global stylist Justine Marjan applied rhinestones throughout the lengths of each models lived-in waves, and then applied the prettiest bedazzled part we've ever seen backstage at Alice + Olivia. Yet another way to easily dress up a low-maintenance look.
It's no secret why wash-and-go styles have hit an all-time high—as limited access to hairstylists, colorists, and, well, anyone, makes spending time blowing, pinning, and prepping your hair feel uninspiring. That said, a love and respect for our respective natural textures has been a wonderful undercurrent to an otherwise really isolating time. Designers including Cinq á Sept and Tadashi Shoji worked with the models' natural textures—using very little product and leaving the look up to them.
All you need is a volumizing product for finer hair and something a bit more moisturizing for thick or curly styles. Wash days can get intense, but good second-day hair feels so satisfying. Key hairstylist at Tadashi Shoji, Kevin Ryan, used Oribe's AirStyle Flexible Finishing Cream ($42) to keep things soft and breezy looking.
The Maximalist Nail
We're done with nude nails, at least for now. For years the runways dictated a pared-back, neutral-nude nail—which we like, don't get us wrong—but there's something so intriguing about going full-out. Especially when we can't do much else these days. We're talking embellishments, 3-D accessories, and bold, dark, and fun color stories. It's maximalism at its finest and it's an exciting break from minimalist hues and barely-there designs. Plus, there are a ton of press-on options if your at-home nail game isn't exactly up to par (ours certainly isn't).
Examples this season include The Blonds and Alice + Olivia (pictured above). Using gem tones and actual gems, Gina Edwards, the lead manicurist for Kiss, created nail looks inspired by the 1970s rock glam era. She used Impress Press-on Manicure Couture Collection Nails in Lavish ($11) and Kiss Salon Color Acrylic Nails ($6). The accents were handcrafted using Luxe Accents Sticker in Charm Bracelet ($3).
The New Take on a Classic French
Rather than sticking to the traditional French manicure—a sheer nude with a white tip—designers are moving towards a fresher take on the classic look. Veronica Beard, for example, used negative space to create an upside-down French in a brick red. It's still simple and beautiful, but allows for an added edge. Similarly, Prabal Gurung offered up red with negative space as well—Miss Pop for Zoya created a thicker, slightly off-center tip using Zoya polish in Alyssa ($10).
Press-on nails have been making a quiet comeback for a while now—but the trend was solidified in its must-have status once nail salons temporarily closed their doors in March. Even though those same salons have since re-opened, the easy-to-wear, even easier to remove solution is still going strong through fall. Alice + Olivia used the aforementioned Impress Press-on Manicure Couture Collection Nails in Lavish and Chillhouse launched their own cool sets to help you switch it up from home.