Fall is just around the corner and changing styles becomes a must, not only for those who get to experience four seasons but also for those who want to be a la moda. Makeup has an advantage over clothes. Even if you aren’t a size zero, you can still rock a trendy lip color or the nail polish of the month. Leaving behind summery, vibrant colors doesn’t mean you need to swap them for boring shades. Fall is an opportunity to reinvent yourself and counteract colder weather with warm tones. Get to know what will be in this season with these simple fall makeup tips.
SILVER EYE SHADOW
This shade is unexpected yet wearable both during the day and at night. Look for a frosted finish if you want a more glammed up look or a modern twist to smoky eyes. You can also just use a tiny dot of shimmery shadow in the inner corner of the eyelid, for natural looking makeup. Either way, your eyes will have that je ne sais quoi, no matter what your skin tone.
Okay, we can’t always pull off what we see in runway shows, but colorful eyeliners do wonders for your eyes, if applied correctly. Last Fashion Week, makeup artists opted for jewel tones and semi-matte hues to create fine lines in upper lids. Emerald green, purple, electric blue, red and even yellow are allowed! The key is to keep the rest of your face minimal. Finish with tons of black mascara so your lashes won’t disappear. Try Make Up For Ever Aquarelle Yellow ($21), Sephora Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eyeliner in Fancy Violet ($11) or e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Teal Tease ($3).
Do you consider yourself a more traditional mami? Black eyeliner is still in vogue this fall; however, you may want to create a modern look by drawing statement lines—a trend that fashion magazines define as “geometric eyeliners”.
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Colored mascaras made a comeback but not in a nineties way—lashes now “have fun” with purple, green, gray or blue tones. That said, the subtler, the better. Stick to semi-matte or matte waterproof formulas and counteract their boldness with neutral eyeshadow colors such as bone or beige. Try Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara in Burgundy ($24), MAC Cosmetics Zoom Lash Mascara in Blue Charge ($16) and 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Blackberry ($18).
Strong brows have been around for several seasons in a row—and they won’t be going away anytime soon. If you happen to be born with naturally thick eyebrows, keep grooming to a minimum and wear nude, peachy or red lipstick. It’s a classic and you’ll instantly look fresher.
If don’t have naturally strong eyebrows, use a pencil to fill in scarce eyebrows and create the perfect arches. The rule? Go a shade darker if you are a blonde or a redhead and a shade lighter if you have black or brown hair. In the meantime, ditch the tweezers!
Bold vampy lipsticks are a must this fall! Pick out mulberry or blackberry tones, which happen look great on almost everyone. Finishes range from matte to stains. Don’t forget to use lip liner and a small lipstick brush—your color will last for hours. Try Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Crimson Noir ($48), Clinique Almost Lipstick Black Honey ($15) and Burberry Lip Cover in Deep Burgundy ($30).
THE BARE-FACE LOOK
The no-makeup makeup look is here again, amiga, especially for mamis on-the-go. Getting it right isn’t a piece of cake, as you have to find the perfect textures and colors that complement your skin, but don’t fret. A few key products like BB Creams or tinted moisturizers, cream blushes and clear mascaras can help you recreate the look. Try these essentials for a quick, easy makeup: Dior Golden Jungle Eyeshadow Palette in Browns ($70), Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm ($32) and Benefit Cosmetics Benetint ($29).
To spice up a fresh, undone face, brown eye shadow has emerged as the “new black” this fall. It’s versatile and it can be as natural (if blended) or smoky (if layered) as you want. Choose matte or slightly shimmery eye shadows.