When it comes to fall trends, they’re often anything but “ground-breaking”—to quote Miranda Priestly à la The Devil Wears Prada. We’ve become accustomed to the requisite sanguine lip, dark brow, and wind-flushed skin trends that inevitably pop up each September. But this year, we’re shaking things up a bit. Of course, the palettes are the same—rich shades, velvety textures, and warm tones—but the way in which they’re paired and applied is fresh and exciting.
To get the lowdown, we spoke with a few makeup artists who know a thing or two about the beauty biz—and the evolving trends we’re most looking forward to as the weather cools down. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
Glitter and sparkles are not just for dress-up this season—designers like Burberry and Emanuel Ungaro are showcasing them in fresh, chic ways on each of their runways. “Glitter can be used on its own or on top of an eye shadow to add a bit of glint,” Honey makeup artist Min Min Ma, explains. “But make sure there’s a binding agent that can hold them with staying power. Use water to wet the sparkles and dab them onto your eyelids with a brush, or sweep on a cream-based eye shadow such as Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($29); then apply sparkles on top.”
Show off the beautiful, rich color of a dark, almost-black lipstick in both matte to glossy shades. “Whether you are bold enough to go with dark green or black, or prefer a deep burgundy shade, have fun with it!” recommends Honey makeup artist Azra Red. “Keep the rest of your makeup minimal. MAC just came out with these beautiful, creamy lipsticks called Liptensity Lipstick ($21) in every color you can imagine—they’re perfect for this fall trend.”
Update your usual matte go-to with a layer of lip gloss. The best part? High-shine lacquer will actually make your lips look bigger. “Apply your favorite vampy lipstick with gloss on top (I like Lancôme’s Color Fever Gloss in Up In Smoke, $27),” says Ma. “Transfer the lipgloss onto your index finger to avoid transferring the lipstick shade onto the gloss’s sponge applicator.”
“Skin first, makeup second is my beauty mantra," says Ma. “This season, we’re seeing beautiful, creamy (not too matte or too dewy) skin texture on the runway. Great skin comes from a healthy lifestyle and adequate skincare regimen. As for makeup, I tend to use light skin coverage as much as possible—try a tinted moisturizer, a bit of concealer, and a face powder to tame the T-zone shine throughout the day. One of my go-tos is($55). It transforms from a balm to a powder to flawlessly blur skin and cover imperfections.”
Graphic eyes have become somewhat timeless, as the look continually comes back season after season. “Virtually, everyone looks good with eyeliner,” explains Ma. “This season, we’ll seeing a more dramatic version—either wing the liner out for an exaggerated cat eye or make it bold and thick. I like to do the side that I’m not good at first. I’m right-handed, so I start with the left side. This way, it’s easier to copy the shape on the right side (my better side). My all-time favorite liner is Laura Mercier's Crème Eye Liner ($25).”
There’s something so sexy and rock ’n’ roll about incorporating warm shades on the eyes. “I gravitate toward a smoky eye look with shades in brick, burgundy, or terra-cotta,” Ma says. “To make this look modern and cool, do your smoky eye as you normally would, but go bare for the rest of your face. Just add on some lip balm and concealer as needed. This season’s favorite is Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Velvet Long Wear Luminous Matte Eyeshadow in #132 Rouge Contrast ($36).”
This trend is not only beautiful, it’s totally easy too. You just need one product! “Choose one bold color—I love red—and place it all over the lid and lower lash line,” says Red. “Use a blending brush to soften the edges and follow up with two coats of your favorite mascara. I love Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($19) and Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara ($21).”
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