Rebekah GeorgeWhen it comes to beauty, you like to be up to speed and try out the latest trends. But let’s be realistic. The runway can sometimes be, oh, just a tad off from life in the real way—dropping kids off at school and working a desk job. Neon-pink eye shadow in the boardroom? I don’t think so! So how can you stay current this fall without looking over the top? Here’s a breakdown of the biggest fall beauty trends and my guide on which you should buy and which you should bypass.
Bold Winged Liner
Eyeliner is one beauty product that will never go away. But there have been lots of variations of liner from year to year. This fall, brace yourself for the most dramatic of them all: the bold winged look. When we say “bold,” we mean bold. Think thick, intense, winged liner that looks like it could practically fly off on its own. While this trend definitely makes a statement (ahem), it’s too much for anything not on the pages of a fashion magazine. That doesn’t mean you should pass on eyeliner altogether. A subtler winged version works on any age and can be worn out in public. Bonus: This one frames eyes and highlights your cheekbones.
To get the look, line your upper lids starting directly above your inner iris, continuing just past the outer corner of your lids. Do the same on your bottom lids, making sure the outer corners of the liner meet.
Try these liners for a less bold look:
Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen ($20 at Ulta)
Nars Eye Paint ($25 at Sephora)
Call it what you want—wine-stained, burgundy or Bordeaux—but berry lips are here for fall, and we couldn’t be happier. They make a major statement without looking over the top. Plus, they can work on everyone. For fairer skin, choose a sheerer formula with red undertones. Darker skin? Go with a brighter shade, with a purple undertone.
Aside from choosing the right tone, the key to getting this shade right is to make sure you start with smooth, exfoliated lips. Then use a hydrating balm since this color family tends to show off dry skin more. Next, line lids with a liner in a similar shade to your lipstick. Stay in your own lip shape since darker colors seem to make lips look bigger; you don’t want them overly exaggerated. Balance it out with a pop of pink blush and mascara.
Try these lipsticks:
Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Nocturnal ($30 at Sephora)
L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Plum Explosion ($7.99 at Ulta)
Ponytails used to be considered casual, but now they are going couture. Enter the tiered or bubble pony seen on the red carpet and runway shows. This new take on the basic pony is trendy and looks more styled and put together. Plus it goes anywhere—from the cubicle to cocktails. More good news? It’s easy to power up your pony at home without heading to the salon.
Here’s how: Sweep hair into your typical high or low pony. Then using a teasing comb, lightly tease to pouf each layer. Fasten each bubble or tier (space out according to your hair length) with another ponytail holder. Continue to the end. Then smooth each layer with a small toothcomb and spritz with hairspray to hold in place.
Try these tools:
Tres by Tresseme ($1.99 at CVS)
Goody Tail Comb ($1.54 at Target)
Emi-Jay Pearl Hair Ties ($6.50 at Nordstrom)
If you walked into any of the fall fashion shows, you might think Rainbow Brite was running the show. A sea of pastels like lavender and icy blondes filled the room. Outside, pastel hair continues to gain momentum, just ask Kelly Osbourne. But it’s definitely a trend that will fade faster than you can achieve the perfect shade of purple. So we say bypass.
However, if you’d like to try this trend without the commitment of coloring your hair, try Sephora Collection Pastel Hair Chalk ($7 at Sephora). Available in a range of colors, you can use this chunky chalk to temporarily paint on some pastel pieces throughout your hair. Now that’s a bright idea!
Metallic Nail Polish
Metallics are surprisingly wearable, thanks to their range of shades and mix of undertones. From pewter to gold, shimmery nails work for day and night. If you want a more conservative feel, keep nails short—about a quarter of an inch away from your nail bed. One downside on metallic polishes? They tend to dull fast. So flick on a coat of clear polish every few days to keep them shining.
Try these polishes:
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Game of Chromes ($9.99 at CVS)
Nails Inc. Alexa Fabric Effect in Alexa Sequin ($15 at Sephora)
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Take the “A” Train ($20 at Sephora)
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