Today was the first time for the last three months where I woke up to sounds of New York City not being slightly drowned out by my overcompensating, old air-conditioner. And get this — I was a little chilly!
Labor day has come and gone people, and that means fall is on it’s way. Tis’ the season of pumpkin carving, sweater weather, hand holding without clamminess, and probably a lot of literal “Netflix and chill.” This also means it’s time to ditch the summer “bronzed goddess” glow and break out the heavier hitting makeup looks. It’s time to dive into the world of bolder fall colors. Here are my favorite beauty trends to take into fall.
1. A Bold Berry Pout
The signature look and my favorite thing about fall makeup is the embracing of a bolder and darker lip. Perhaps the only upside to losing that beautiful subtle tan the summer months brought you is that slightly paler skin happens to look positively baller with a berry lip. Let your glowy skin take a backseat and bring all the attention to your lips with a color that makes you feel your most vampy.
With a bold lip you’ll want to use a liner to either completely fill in your lips, or at least line them to keep the red lipstick from feathering. Try Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner ($3). This line has a bunch of different colors, ranging from nudes to deep purples, that will support all of your lip needs.
I am the biggest fan of all of the liquid lipsticks we have at our disposal now. I am also a fan of being able to afford lipstick and also food. So, the winner for me is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain ($14). This range has both satin and matte finishes, and while the color range is relatively limited, each color makes a statement. The incredible formula of these shades more than makes up for what it lacks in range. They last forever, never need to be touched up, and are extremely comfortable to wear. Try the shade “Marvelous Mauve” for a brilliant 90’s inspired brick red lip.
Recently Maybelline New York released a new line of lipsticks called Color Blur by Maybelline Lip Studio ($9) which is incredible. They’re an easy to work with pencil shaped matte lipstick that has a smudger on one end you can use to work the color into your lips to provide even coverage and less product transferring. Try the shade “Berry, Please” for a killer, plum pout that will draw focus to your lips immediately.
2. Bronzed Eyeshadow
I know it seems like this is a trend that should stay in the summer, but metallic eyes are all over the runways this fall. A deep coppery bronze or a smoky rose gold shadow can do a fantastic job of bringing some drama to the eyes without being as summery as lighter gold and peachy tones. Pair these with a winged liner during the day, then add a bold lip if you’re going out. This will transition your look from day to night effortlessly.
Did you know that L’Oreal actually owns YSL and Lancome? I always look to L’Oreal’s new launches to save some dollars because it’s easy to find some inexpensive dupes for products from those two high-end brands within their inexpensive line. It’s product Infallible Eyeshadow ($8) is marketed as a pressed pigment eyeshadow line. The color range is insane, and the amount of pigmentation per tiny bit of shadow you get is actually ridiculous. They have more than a few bronze-y options, but “Amber Rush” is my favorite for fall.
While buying single shadows is all well and good, nothing feels as glamorous or fun as purchasing a shiny new eye shadow palette. My fall appropriate go-to palette is by Kat Von D. It’s called the True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in “Saint” ($49). This is a pricey little thing, but the color payoff is incredible. The shadows all work together like a freaking masterpiece, and it has more than a few fall appropriate bronze options for you to play with.
3. Full Coverage Face
In the summer we’re more willing to embrace the imperfections on our pretty little faces because a nice tan does actual wonders for making blemishes or dry patches look less aggressive. But alas, September comes, the beaches close, and our skin goes back to a slightly pastier situation. It’s all good though, because full coverage foundation for fall is totally hot. Plus, a completely even complexion serves as the best canvas for a dramatic eye or lip (or both) look.
Fully Matte Affordable Option:
I’m all about Revlon Colorstay Foundation ($13). This foundation comes in two different formulas, one of which is made for oily/combo skin, and the other for normal to dry skin. It’s a heavy foundation that sets quickly, so make sure to work in sections when applying and use a primer to provide a smooth base.
I’ve spoken about this before, but L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Matte ($13) foundation is my best friend. It provides a natural finish that’s not flat matte, but it keeps oils completely at bay. Powdered products — like blush and bronzer — lay beautifully over this formula and can be built to provide an absolutely full coverage. I like this option because I can layer the foundation in areas where my skin is problematic, and give light coverage to other areas that have less imperfections. Plus, it comes in a really convenient squeeze tube. So it’s basically fool-proof all around.