Your Ultimate Guide to Fall’s Top Beauty Trends
As we’re currently fawning over glittery lids and shaggy It-girl cuts in the throes of fall fashion month, the beauty looks from spring runways can feel like a distant memory. And yet, they’re the ones that shape the trends we don for fall—and this year, there’s so much to look forward to (sorry, no-makeup makeup—we’re kind of over you). With velvet lips and candlelit skin on the mind, we’ve gathered our favourite fall beauty trends in one place for your viewing pleasure. On the hair front, low ponies and twists reign supreme, while nude nail polish and graphic accents dominate nail beds. As for makeup, you can expect the requisite vampy lip with a punk twist, along with a look that’s decidedly Brigitte Bardot–inspired. We’re itching to try all of these looks ASAP, and with the first official day of fall right around the corner, we won’t have to wait long. Word to the wise: Ready your red lipstick… now.
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A flick of black liner, long lashes, and a perfect nude lip—this doll-like look was seen on runways like Oscar de la Renta, Rachel Zoe, and more. Makeup artist Diane Kendal said she wanted to create a look that reflected “classic elegance with a nude to punk” and Oscar de la Renta’s show and reached for MAC’s Lipstick ($17) in Fresh Brew to give models’ lips a soft nude finish.
Pro hack: To create a clean black line every time, apply a piece of Scotch Tape at the end of your eyelid, slanting upward and following the curve of your lower lid. Then, trace your lid with a liquid liner, like Yves Saint Laurent Beauté’s Eyeliner Noir ($34) in Black, and follow the angle of the tape. Then, just gently remove the tape and marvel at your perfect cat eye.
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Repeat after us: Dew is my friend. One of the biggest trends this fall was going completely powder-free and instead opting for a light-reflecting, lit-from-within finish. At Thakoon, models were prepped and primed with Nars’s Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($43) and the brand’s much-loved Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) for a healthy, luminous glow.
There’s nothing quite as “fall” as the requisite red lip—a welcome excuse to give your sheer nudes and bright corals some rest. “Utilitarian punk is the direction this season,” makeup artist Francelle Daly said backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim. “Natural, radiant skin mixed with a punk-inspired oxblood red shade on the lips makes for a bold statement.” She used Nars’s Semi Matte Lipstick ($27) in VIP Red on models’ lips; Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Matte Lip Color ($27) in Red Carpet will give a similar effect.
Center parts and textured, shaggy manes were seen everywhere from Anna Sui to Gucci. At Anna Sui, hairstylist Garren used his brand R+Co’s Rockaway Salt Spray ($25) to add grit, scrunching models’ strands as he sprayed.
You might want to brush up on your chignon skills—hairstylists opted for sleek, tight twists over braids backstage at shows like Hervé Léger and Victoria Beckham. At Hervé Léger, lead hairstylist Lubov Azria applied Tresemmé’s Extra Firm Control Gel ($4) from roots to midlengths to give models’ strands a wet look. (You can find out how to re-create a similar look with our video tutorial.)
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It’s official: Lazy-girl hair is in for fall. Models at Banana Republic and BCBG sported tousled low ponies while Erin Fetherston’s version was sleek and straight. Either way, we’re excited our go-to hairstyle has been dubbed chic.
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We’re slightly obsessed with the new wave of metallic nails seen at Creatures of the Wind. Sheerer than last year’s chrome counterparts, fall’s metallic shades are surprisingly subtle—unless, of course, you’d like to opt for a jewel-toned blue-green à la Karen Walker (the shade is JinSoon’s Heirloom, $18, in case you were wondering.)
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There’s nothing chicer than a sleek graphic accent on your nail bed—just look to Cushnie et Ochs for proof. Manicurist Madeline Poole used Christian Louboutin Beauté’s Nail Colour ($50) in Sweet Charity for an opaque nude base, then added graphic details with the brand’s Nail Colour ($50) in Wherever and Ni Toi Ni Moi.