Trends come and go—that we know. But, there's something about the advent of fall that makes us want to cleanse our makeup drawers and reboot for the new season. By the end of summer, I find myself completely over everything I was loving when it started. I think no matter how old we get, fall still feels like a new school year. Now, instead of buying fresh notebooks and pencil cases, we buy new mascara and lipsticks.
So, as a way to tidy up my vanity (and my life), I asked my fellow Byrdie editors about the trends they're so over, as well as the ones they can't wait to try. Turns out, we all have a little cleansing to do.
Keep reading for our thoughts on what to keep and what to toss ASAP.
"To be honest, I'm super over the cut-crease trend. It's ALL over Instagram and YouTube, but I think it looks kind of artificial and clownish. Plus, it's so hard for a normal person to execute well. I'm way more pumped about the idea of a subtle eye contour. Benefit is coming out with an amazingly innovative eye contour kit that makes defining your eyes easier than ever. The kit comes with three pans of eye shadow, each divided into two shades: a light (for your lid) and a dark (for your crease). It also comes with a little Beautyblender-esque sponge, which you run across the pan of shadow, then swipe across your eye for an instant, eye-defining contour. It's SUCH a cool, easy-to-use product and offers results much prettier than the cut crease, IMHO. Get more deats on the product in this Facebook Live we did with Benefit's Global Makeup Master Jose Rivera."
"I'm beginning to resent high maintenance makeup trends—anything that's difficult to pull off and equally burdensome to keep up. Super bold, precise lipstick (though always a favorite of mine) just feels tiring these days. Instead, I'm taking the new season as an opportunity to pare down my makeup look (and the amount of products necessary to pull it off). I'm really into the monochromatic thing—using the same pinkish rose color on my eyelids, lips, and cheeks is simplistic but interesting at the same time. For that, Bite just launched a Multistick ($24) that applies easily like a cream but wears like a powder. It's the perfect hybrid product, IMHO. Next up, glossy eyes. I've always been into matte makeup, trying to whisk sweat away at a moment's notice and using Starbucks napkins as oil-blotting papers (it's a real beauty hack, they're magic). Now, I'm trying to stay dewy instead. After learning Sir John, Beyoncé's incredible makeup artist, uses Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($22) to create the perfect glossy eye, I stocked up on the iconic product and haven't stopped using it since."
"Shaped, defined brows are always a 'do.' But, I'm so over the over-drawn, over-filled look. Listen, we've all gotten a little brow pencil happy before, but eyebrows should frame the face—not be the focal point. I'm more interested big, bold, mega-lashes—not necessarily spider lashes, but also not not spider lashes. Bring on the mascara (lots of it)!"
"I'm over the extremely highlighted nose look, especially when extended down to the tip of your nose. Don't get me wrong, I love applying a bit of Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop highlighter ($38) lightly on the bridge of my nose, but when it looks like a beam of light is being emitted from the center of your face, it tends to look a little Tin Man-y."
"I am extremely over the super contrived version of 'no-makeup makeup.' Like please, I see your contour. It's so eerie to see people walking around looking airbrushed to perfection IRL! Instead, either embrace a truly minimal look or play with one of the cool statement trends of the season—a glossy lid, '80s redux, or graphic eyeliner."
What trends are you currently loving (and leaving)? Let us know in the comments below!