1. DARK VAMPY LIPS
The biggest, most important makeup trend for fall is dark lips. VERY dark lips. Sure, we’ve seen oxbloods and berries before, but this year, the colours are much more blackened, and almost purplish instead of reddish. The finish is creamy, neither glossy nor matte.
Notice how she isn’t wearing much blush, which is key when your mouth is this dramatic. Dark brows balance out the lips, and all that’s needed on the eyes are long lashes. Liner optional.
Lucy Hale also wears this look really well:
This is the same formula as Lily: precise lips, big dark brows, barely-there blush and long lashes.
2. GLITTER EYESHADOW
The second biggest trend—and by far the most surprising one!—is glitter. Yes, for grown-ups. The runway version is definitely exaggerated: designers dusted it all over the lids, cheeks and even brows. But for real life, it can translate into a super-pretty nighttime eyeshadow look that’s so much more interesting than matte smokies.
Well, first I’ll show you how Elle Fanning wears it:
Okay, most of us probably won’t want to go this far—she stays very true to the catwalk interpretation, placing the glitter in a messy way all the way around her eyes.
Kendall Jenner has a much more restrained version:
See, it’s just a light sprinkling of gold glitter at the inner corners of the eyes. So pretty with long lashes, peach lip gloss and matching eyeshadow. Love this!
3. SMUDGY BLACK LINER
If you’re going to wear eyeliner this fall, make it a black one. Designers showed it both graphic and smudgy, so there wasn’t one specific application technique. Personally, I think smudging is far easier and more wearable. Just grab your smudger brush (such as Make Up For Ever’s) and you’re good to go.
As you can see, she concentrated the black liner underneath her eyes for almost a reverse smoky eye effect. Lashes are natural, and lips and cheeks are soft and pinky, so the focus stays on her gaze.
Priyanka Chopra did a very glam version:
Let’s ignore the lashes (they’re a bit much!) and instead focus on her black liner, all the way around in her waterlines. It’s smudged out to create a smoky effect—this always looks impressive, but is actually a super-easy technique.
Traditionally, bright makeup has been a summer thing. But now, it’s more than okay to wear it all fall. It doesn’t matter where you place your pops of colour—eyes or lips—nor which shade you choose. From blues to oranges to magentas, anything goes!
Here’s your most low-risk option, on Holland Roden:
She’s wearing a vivid orangey-red lipstick with barely any other makeup—just lashes, soft brows and a nude blush. Getting in on the bright colour trend couldn’t be easier.
5. TWIGGY LASHES
This fall’s lash look is all about super-defined, borderline chunky eyelashes.
But if you prefer a softer look, try what Phoebe Tonkin is doing:
6. GLOWY SKIN
After a few seasons of extreme contouring and extreme strobing, we’re back to skin that looks more like skin. (Thank goodness!) Your complexion goals for this fall should be a slightly dewy texture with soft flushed cheeks, and subtle, non-shimmery highlights.
Nobody does it better than Lupita Nyong’o:
7. NATURAL BROWS
The last trend you need to know pertains to eyebrows. While big brows are still “in,” exaggerated arches are over—so no more filling them in with extra-dark pencil and over-drawing the shape. The message for fall is to simply embrace what you have naturally, without doing too much shaping or filling at all.
Alexa Chung has one of the best pairs of brows in the biz:
Jamie Chung has recently let her brows grow in:
Hers are naturally bushy, and all she added was a light shade of brow powder to emphasize the shape. They’re still very soft.
If you don’t have full brows, not to worry. Check out Rosie Huntington-Whiteley:
Even though her brows aren’t super-thick, they have this lovely soft and natural effect, thanks to the brushed-up fans. They’re not over-trimmed.