These Bold Fall Makeup Trends Will Make You Look and Feel Like a Boss
Get ready to look as fierce on the outside as you are on the inside with this season's take-charge hues for your eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails.
Bold, sexy, and playful-that's your beauty goal this fall. Step one: Swap out quiet neutrals and show your true colors with statement-making makeup. The "no-makeup makeup" look is over, says Jenn Streicher, a celebrity makeup artist and co-owner of Striiike Beauty Studio in Beverly Hills, California. It's all about smoky metallic lids, moody dark lips, softly sculpted cheekbones, and a pop of funky nail color (think turquoise, plum, or burnt orange). Whether you rock one or all four of these trends, you'll feel as confident as you do after an hour of kickboxing. Better yet, they don't take long at all to master!
When is it not about red wine in fall? From dark lip stains to full mattes, shades of merlot and cabernet look seasonally appropriate now. As the weather turns chillier, condition your lips before trying the trend-remove flakes gently with a mild facial or lip exfoliant, and slick on some balm. (Or try these 5 lip-saving lip care solutions.)
"Otherwise these shades will expose every flaw," says Toronto-based Maybelline makeup artist Grace Lee. For the cleanest finish, outline with a lip pencil that matches your lipstick, then apply color with a lip brush from the center to outer corners of your mouth.
Pictured: BareMinerals Statement Lip Luxe-Shine Lipstick in NSFW (plum), Hustler (red), and Frenchie (rosé), $20 each; sephora.com.
While your skin is still a bit toasty from summer, you may want to let it breathe a bit and forgo foundation. We're all for that. But don't skip blush, since it can add balance to a vivid eye or lip. While Kardashian-like definition is better suited to Insta than IRL, a subtly sculpted look is on point. Simply dust an orange (if you're deeper), a tan (if you're medium-toned), or a rosy (if you're fair) blush just below your cheekbones. The goal is to look lit from within, not bathed in color.
Pictured: Mark by Avon Cheek Magnet Hook Up Powder Blush in Pink Fast (pink), Once in a Melon (light), Mauve Forward (medium), and This Berry Minute (dark), $18 each; avon.com.
Dramatic Eye Shadow
Try blue, green, or plum shadow. "These colors add a hint of drama to otherwise muted fall tones," says New York City celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose. The new silky textures shown here let you apply with fingers and build to your desired intensity. Simply dot color repeatedly onto lids, working from lash line to crease. Finish with black mascara.
Pictured: YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in Caftan (purple), $30; yslbeautyus.com, Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Vibrant Violet (violet) and Blue Jean (blue), $30 each; chanel.com, Maybelline New York ExpertWear Mono Eyeshadow in Forest Green (green), $4; maybelline.com.
Nail Polish Perfection
The dark side of the rainbow is where you'll want to turn for nail inspo. Although if you're really going for it on your lips or eyes, you may want to stay toward the more nude side of the spectrum shown here. A soft mauve is the perfect mix of strong yet soft, says Madeline Poole, a Sally Hansen global color ambassador. "Its hints of pink and white feel similar to face highlighter," she says. Amp up the color play even further by embellishing the cuticle area with a stripe of another of these shades or a fun metallic polish, Poole says. (Try one of these simple nail art ideas.)
Pictured: JINsoon Art Nouveau Collection in Fable (purple), $18; jinsoon.com, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Making Mauves (pink), $5; target.com, Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Tang Bang (orange), $18; saksfifthavenue.com, Essie Nail Polish in Go Overboard, $9; essie.com.