Fall is my favorite season. The leaves, the crisp cool air. The Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s also a great beauty season as summer’s bright hues take a smoldering turn.
Here are a few of my favorite fall trends:
Take your beauty up a notch with a wine-toned lip, one of fall’s standout trends. You can achieve the look (for less than $10) with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush. If you’re splurging, look to this super luxe Bruised Plum shade from Tom Ford.
Plum shades are especially versatile — you can apply them lightly for a berry accent or layer them on for a bolder (read: sexier) look. My go-to is Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned.
I apply it lightly and add gloss to achieve a more work-appropriate look. If I’m going out, I’ll skip the gloss and give my lips the full plum treatment.
Whether you opt for a deep emerald hue or more neutral tones, lips aren’t the only feature to show off this season. How refreshing is this rusty smoky eye? (h/t Refinery 29). This robust Sonia Kashuk palette will help you channel both classic and edgy looks.
And don’t think you have to reach for eyeshadow — the fall 2013 runways proved that a
little lot of eyeliner (particularly the winged variety) can make a statement just as well. Part of the appeal is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you’re a liner novice, this ergonomic (and foolproof) design from Nyx is your new best friend.
For all of fall’s bold trends, this one marks a nod to the natural. Pair look-at-me lips or eyes with a glowing complexion, courtesy of your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation. I use Laura Mercier’s lauded tinted moisturizer. If you’re looking for a more matte finish, try Nars Radiant Cream Foundation.
Pair this look with a bold lip or go for the “no makeup makeup” look seen at Ralph Lauren.
This is one of my favorite trends because anyone can pull this off. Classic colors (think: black, navy or red) get a chic update with matte textures. Try a shade that dries matte or a topcoat like Essie’s “Matte About You.” Feeling more adventurous? Follow this DIY tutorial from makeup maven Michelle Phan.
READER’S TAKE: Which fall trends are you most excited about? Discuss in the comments.