No-makeup makeup is one of the most-searched beauty terms on the internet, especially during summertime. But what if you’re feeling a little fatigued by all the fresh-faced “I woke up like this” vibes? With the relaxed stickiness of summer, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to mess with high-maintenance lip colors and bold eye makeup, but now that fall is just around the corner, we have the itch (and the excuse) to get a little more creative.
In the intro to a new Blood Orange video for a song called “Jewelry,” Janet Mock is seen walking down a sidewalk, and before the song begins, she says, “People try to put us down by saying, ‘She’s doing the most,’ or ‘He’s way too much,’ but why would we want to do the least?” And, well, we can confidently say the following fall makeup ideas are definitely not doing the least. From graphic glittery cat eyes to matte purple lips, here are 11 insanely cool makeup looks from our favorite makeup artists and beauty gurus.
This chromatic look from Milk Makeup’s in-studio artist Sara Wren is an edgier take on the classic black cat eye. “Using a brownish/purple cream pigment with some sparkle makes turns this signature look on its head and is the perfect complement to dark lashes and a glossy nude lip,” she says. A little star stamp makes the vibe all the more whimsical and cool.
Pardon us while we sob over this cool-toned red lip. “A classic look that seems too formal and too ‘done’ for the bright (and hot) summer sun is matte skin and a red lip,” says Wren. “I welcome it back with open arms every season to suit my many fall outfits and moods.” (Wren used Milk’s Lip Color in OG, but Glossier’s Generation G in Zip would also work great.)
You can always trust beauty blogger Aysha Sow to deliver incredible makeup and hair inspo. This silvery-green eye and purple lip is giving us all kinds of mermaid vibes. Lipstick Queen’s Blue by You Lipstick ($25) and Natasha Denona’s Eyeshadow Palette 28 in Green-Brown ($238) would give you everything you need for this.
Wren says this glossy black smokey is perfect for fall, and we couldn’t agree more, especially since this look doesn’t require any messy powder eye shadows or brushes. “The glossy finish and finger application make this particular look so effortless,” she says. “I love the idea of having a glossy black lid color in your bag to help you turn up the volume from a day at work straight to the clurrrb.” To create this, Wren used Milk’s Eye Vinyl in Tunnel ($20). Pair it with a cool-toned nude lip like Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Cava ($26) and you’re set.
Just because summer is over doesn't mean you have to give up your rosé. This pink-on-pink look from photographer Rebecca Ramsdale is like the Indian summer of fall makeup looks. To re-create, try repurposing your highlighter and blush as eye shadow.
Now this is how you do a vampy lip. “A wash of warm shadow color on lids plus a vampy purple lip might seem like a mismatched pair, but they totally work together,” says Wren. “The shimmery gold eyes give a nod to the last days of summer, while the unexpected deep purple matte lip really feels like fall.” (To execute the look, Wren used Milk’s Eye Pigment in Gig, $24, and Lip Color in Extra, $22.)
Color-block eye makeup is something Guth is really excited to play with this fall. With the right products, executing a look like this doesn’t have to be intimidating—Guth is a big fan of C’est Moi’s Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set ($26) for looks like this. “It offers six colors to play with, lending endless possibilities,” she says. “The simplest way to add color is to line the top or the bottom with a shade. … It’s easy, unexpected and stylish.”
Another really easy way to look instantly cool—keep your complexion and lips super simple; then swipe a single line of green top liner on each lid. C’est Moi’s Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set also makes this look effortless to do.
“I wear white after Labor Day—especially on my eyes,” says Wren. “For this look, I like to keep cheeks soft with a creamy natural flush and glossy nude lip—these won’t compete with the statement eye.” To do this yourself, try Milk’s Eye Pigment in Rager ($24) or E.l.f.’s Long Lasting Lustrous Eye Shadow in Confetti ($3).
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