Seasons come and seasons go…and with those seasons, undoubtedly so will the hottest new beauty trends.
Some seasonal beauty are staples; you can count on beachy waves and golden highlights in summer, darker shades of burgundy and plum lips and nails in fall.
Not everyone is born to pull off every single fashion and beauty look, either. Runway fashion and media reports make it even harder on the already taxed fashionable woman to maintain her best looks and personal identity, while adapting to increased demand to be trendy. Just because bob haircuts are what’s on every magazine cover, doesn’t mean you’re going to look every bit as dazzling in it.
However, even the most extreme runway styles can be subdued for the un-supermodel, as well as for almost whatever you were born with (skin tone, face shape…you get the idea).
Now, sites like Harper’s Bazaar and Elle are pretty much on top of every new trend, even before it hits the runway. While dark nails are often abundant in Autumn, I can get behind black tips. Lips are a bit harder to pull off. Even being referred to as “gothic” for a good portion of my life, I never cared for the pitch lip. I’ll wear the darkest burgundy to the brightest pink, but black has never been my style. I’ve seen everything from complete ebon (shown) to (what I call) “hooker red” being pitched for fall. The key, is BOLD. Keep the lip clean by lining with a pencil similar in color to your own lips, keep lips well moisturized and exfoliated (especially as cooler winter air creeps in) and line from corners in, towards the center, to exaggerate the size and plumpness of lips, without being overly dramatic and fake looking. Look for bright reds, sheer berry tones or plums and don’t worry about the vamp trend so much. Clean, bold (whatever that may be for you) and classy is always in style. Besides, if you’re uncomfortable wearing it, discomfort will be noticed way before any designer shade.
With a bold lip, tradition teaches to pair it with a more subtle, nude eye. The “slightly smokey eye” is 2015’s update on the fall favorite. If you chose to go this route, blend more with fingers as opposed to brushes (which can keep color more concentrated – just make sure hands are clean to avoid any potential cross contamination to the eye) and opt for grey, violets and blues for a softer look. Add a few coats of super black mascara and maybe even a highlight in the very center of each lid, to make eyes pop. Perhaps a shimmery metallic, which brings us to…
The metallics! The proverbial whores of the makeup world. Metallic shades have had an affair with just about every beauty product and every season. This year, it’s fall. Try just a thin line on either upper or lower lid. A simple way to update your daily routine, without it being expensive or pink slip material. I personally adore the rosy copper shades, which look great with most skin tones, all eye colors and aside from maybe unnaturally scarlet tresses (I say maybe because I haven’t seen it), all hair colors. Pale, sage-y, grayish-lavender looks amazing teamed up with copper.
Contouring was the IN for summer…which, I didn’t understand why anyone would want to add another ten pounds of makeup to their hot, sweaty, melty face (even though I still do, but I do that regardless of trend status), especially for the beach. It has its time and place. But, for everyday wear, swap it for a flush of blush. Think of the rosy cheeks you get from a blast of chilly Autumn air – that’s it. Don’t completely ditch your bronzer though. A very light-handed sweep, with your biggest, fluffiest powder brush, over your entire face, will help keep skin looking healthy in fall and winter’s more dreary natural light.
Abstract eyeliner, is huge right now. Some of it is (literally) all for show, but trying out a cat’s eye or winged line, keeps you in the safe zone. Even a double line, assuming it’s thin and not too dramatic, keeps you in the 9-5 clear (the bit of negative space between lines can make eyes appear larger, more open and awake). Experimenting with liquid liner is key; especially if you’ve never used it. Grab some cheap ones first to help decide of you like a brush or sponge applicator; straight, angled or rounded. Using a piece of scotch tape or a business card and a pencil liner, draw your line out first (the tape or card acts as a guide, and the pencil is easier to “erase” if you decide you’re unhappy with the results). Then, trace your line(s) with liquid. If you still have an “oops”, a thin liner brush or cotton swab with a little water will help fix it (those dual end ones are perfect for this). Again, extra black mascara (which, if you lightly dust lashes with a bit of loose, translucent powder first, will add volume and help your mascara work harder for you – you’re essentially faking the little bits of fibers in all the hottest brands).
Finally, while it’s not a makeup trend…
I love this!
What a fantastic way to keep wearing those favorites, when one earring has run off with your left socks and Tupperware lids to the land of far, far away. This pic illustrates that bold, clean, red lip, too.
Check out my TOP TEN BEAUTY MUST HAVES for some great recommendations, like Smashbox L.A. Lights and Nars blush, as well as Fyrinnae loose pigments (they make some AMAZING metallic shades) that can help you rock all of these awesome Autumn looks!