Fall 2016 is all about six trends (courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar); Blackout, Modern Gothic, Glitter Bomb, Glow On, Art Show, and Stained Red. Follow these trends with the products below to fully embrace the best looks for fall.
Blackout is all about greasy, black eyeliner and eyeshadow. The easiest way to achieve this look is with a black eyeliner pencil, like the Liquid-Like Eye Liner Pencil from Milani ($7.99). If you’re feeling rebellious, use any black eyeshadow to help smudge the eyeliner into a smokey eye, like Mac’s eye shadow in Carbon ($16.00). A cheaper option is Colour Pop’s eyeshadow in Roulette ($5.00).
You can also switch up this trend with dark-colored eyeshadows. My go-to brand for eyeshadow is Colour Pop, because they’re inexpensive and the quality is amazing. For fall, I’m really into burnt reds (like Drift and Call Me), and dark greens (like Shameless and Workout). You can find even more colors on Colour Pop’s website.
Colour Pop eyeshadows in Drift and Shameless ($5.00 each).
Modern Gothic consists of dark lipstick (think very dark, almost black reds, plums, and browns) and minimal eye makeup. There are a few different lip products you can use to achieve this trend. If you want to try dark red, purple, or brown lipsticks, I suggest NYX’s Simply Vamp Lip Creams ($6.50 each). The Simply Vamp collection comes in six shades, with four shown below. NYX also makes a V’Amped Up! top coat ($6.00) to instantly darken any lipstick you have on.
If you want to try something different, Colour Pop makes some dark-colored blues, greens, and blacks you can try. I suggest Bull Chic ($5.00) or Dr. M ($6.00) if you want a rich black or green. Dr. M is pictured below.
Glitter is back and better than ever. Many makeup brands have already started incorporating glitter into their products, some of which I show below. The easiest way to wear glitter is on your eyes. You can find glitter eyeshadow almost anywhere. NYX has one of the best face and body glitter collections for only $6.00. Their Crystal glitter, pictured below, is my favorite. NYX also sells a Glitter Primer ($6.00) to help apply your glitter and keep it from falling off your skin during the day.
Another way you can incorporate glitter into your makeup routine is with lipstick. Many brands are offering metallic lipsticks, like the Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Lipsticks I reviewed earlier in September. Other options include the Melted Metal Metallic Lipsticks by Too Faced ($21.00), and the Amore Matte Metallic Lip Cremes by Milani ($8.99).
I’m excited to try this trend, especially glittery lipsticks. Pat McGrath recently released the Lust 004 kits, which you can buy to create his iconic glittery lip look. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a kit, there are DIY tutorials you can watch to get the look (like this one from BriannaJoy).
Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Pretty Problematic, and Too Faced Melted Metal Metallic Lipstick in Metallic Debutante.
Highlighters have become increasingly popular, making it no surprise they are autumn essentials. If you have yet to hop on this trend, I suggest buying a basic highlighter to start. I invested in Mary-Lou Manizer ($24.00) from The Balm Cosmetics, and I love it. The Mary-Lou Manizer is honey-hued, and works best for light to medium complexions. For darker complexions, try Betty-Lou Manizer, and for a pinker highlight, try Cindy-Lou Manizer. You can also buy a palette with all three highlighters, called The Manizer Sisters ($28.00) (pictured below).
If you want to try a bolder highlight, Colour Pop just released Bardot ($8.00), a rusty red with a Pearlized finish.
While dark colors are always in for fall, bright colors are starting to emerge as well. Designers like Fendi and Jeremy Scott use bright eye and lip colors to make bold fashion statements. I’m not a huge fan of this trend because I prefer darker colors, but you can easily integrate bright colors into your makeup collection. Colour Pop offers seven brightly-pigmented eyeshadows ($5.00 each) you can try for a very low cost.
For bold lips, NYX has a large selection within their Macaron Lippies collection ($6.00 each) (pictured below). Other bright lipsticks from NYX are their Soft Matte Lip Creams ($6.00 each) in Paris, Moscow, Havana, Morocco, and Amsterdam, and their Cosmic Metals Lip Creams ($7.50 each). I recommend the SMLCs over the Macaron Lippies because they’re more wearable colors.
Everyone needs a good red lipstick, regardless of what time of year it is. There are so many colors from different companies that it would be impossible to list them all. Some of my favorites are from NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams ($6.00 each) in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Copenhagen, Transylvania, Budapest, and Vancouver.
While all makeup is an investment, you don’t need to spend a lot on lipstick to get the perfect red. There are countless dupes for expensive brands if you’re not willing to pay full-price. Below are some cheap dupes for Kylie Cosmetic’s Leo and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ American Doll.
What we put on our faces.