By Erin Williams
Fall Makeup lines are inspired by the colors of leaves turning and warm ciders simmering on the stove. How you can actually work with those colors can be a different, and sometimes intimidating, story. There are a few themes that run throughout the current season and we’re here to make it easy for you.
This is such a fun trend and if you’ve never delved into the smoke, get ready because there are LOTS of options out there for you this season. Silvers and plums are huge right now and Sonia Kashuk has a pretty collection of two shades of slate, eggplant, and navy with her Smoke in Your Eyes Palette. The pigments are great, blend well, and will transition easily from day to night – just add a heavier liner with the deeper shades or take it more into the crease – done! http://www.target.com
Another option is a shimmery one with Awake’s new Eye Jellies, specifically in Silvery Moon. One swipe of this glistening charcoal across the lid is all you need for a great addition to any evening out. http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com
For a warmer look try Yves St. Laurent’s Signes D’Orient Autumn Palette. The sandy shade lets you highlight the inner corners of the eyes while you sweep the brown over the lid for a more intense finish. You can throw a little of the pink in the center of the lid to soften it up a bit if you like. http://www.nordstrom.com
Lancome’s Vega Lipstick
If you’re going with a deeper eye try out a shade like Lancome’s new Vega Lipstick, http://www.lancome-usa.com, for a neutral pinky brown or Estee Lauder’s Spiced Amber Lipstick from the Tom Ford Collection, http://www.esteelauder.com. Lip colors for fall are having a base in brown, whether it’s a deep chocolate, or mixed with an earthy pink, but the result looks like various colors of clay and sometimes even leans to orange shades. For something with a little more red veer towards MAC’s H2Bomb Lipstick, http://www.maccosmetics.com, which is a rich creamy cherry with a wine undertone.
Green and Gold:
So if you’re not rocking the Lindsay Lohan look, grab some colors and get creative. Shu Uemura has a beautiful mossy shadow aptly named Olive with a fun golden filigree design, that you can use all over the lid or as a liner. http://www.shuuemura-usa.com.
Stila has made it really easy with their Eyeshadow Trios – all have a base, crease, and liner shade for you to play with and they come in the cutest metallic faux leather compacts. Forest Grove lets you play it safe with champagne, soft green, and a browny hunter green shade that will work with any complexion. http://www.stilacosmetics.com
On the gold end of things, Bobbi Brown works the competition with her Limited Edition Gold Shimmer Brick. Go ahead and get on the bandwagon because these things are great – you can use the individual stripes of color as shadows or swirl your powder brush onto all of them and get a lustrous sheen for the cheeks and body. No one does it better! http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Now don’t give me that look, this is not the contouring of the 80’s. For a more natural finish go with Mally Beauty’s Lift, Shape, & Glow Face Designing System. It basically has everything you could ever need to have when giving yourself some cheekbones – two brushes, one is double-ended, and three matte shades to work with. The best part is that Mally walks you through the whole thing in an included insert that even has drawings of what to do! http://www.qvc.com
If you’re a shimmery girl then Pop Beauty’s Bronze Belle is a perfect fit. Inside are eight, count em’ eight!, shades for you to work with over your cheeks (and eyes) to get everything into ship shape. You can bronze or shine up your skin with a different color every day of the week! http://www.sephora.com
No more wimpy paisley shaped eyebrows! You may need to have a lesson in humility and let those puppies grow out for a month or so, but in the meantime Lorac has new Limited Edition Brow Kits that run the gamut – Blonde, Auburn, Brunette, and Dark Brown. Two brow shades are included as well as clear wax that helps hold everything in place. These are beautiful on and resist smudging. http://www.sephora.com
For those of us who cannot put our lipglosses down in favor of a lipstick until the tulips start to bloom again, go towards colors you see at your fruit and vegetable stand. Think of squash, eggplant, apples, and pomegrantes. Stila’s Pumpkin Spice and Cider Spice Lip Glazes are great options and smell amazing! http://www.stilacosmetics.com
For a nice balance of pigment and shine turn to Estee Lauder’s new High Gloss Lip Gloss. Coral is an easy neutral for anyone and Bronze gives a tawny sheen to any lipshade. http://www.esteelauder.com
So get over to a cosmetic counter and try something new. A lot of the looks that are out right now are easy to incorporate into what you’ve already got at home and who doesn’t need a new outlook on life?!