I have such a soft spot for autumn beauty trends. I think they tend to be more inventive, creative, and a little more out-there than the spring trends. But the real draw is their versatility; you can take any of these styles and form your own interpretation. Adapting looks to your preference/skin tone/hair color/etc. is half the fun! For your inspiration, here are the biggest trends from the fall 2015 runways.
Strong, full brows are nothing new, but letting them grow a little longer is. Many credit this technique to L.A.’s Kristie Streicher, who has been styling brows this way for years. As it’s a more natural, undone look, it’s pretty simple to do (if you’re patient): let your brows grow out for 6-8 weeks; comb them upward with a spoolie brush or clean disposable mascara wand; fill in any gaps with hair-like strokes; and set with brow gel. The most noticeable part should be the inner corners of the brows, which should lie straight up, pointing toward your hairline. (Image: Kristie Streicher)
Thanks to an onslaught of ridiculously good highlighters hitting the market the last few months and everyone strobing till they’re lit up like a lightbulb, highlighter is having a moment. Dewy, glowy skin is so in. You can confine highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, or you can add it to the browbones, Cupid’s brow, center of forehead and chin to strobe. Either way, the luminized look isn’t going away anytime soon. (Image source unknown)
Red is the it color for lips this fall, and it’s popping up in many iterations. I’ve seen everything from classic screen siren red to vampy burgundy-tinged hues on mouths. The most important thing to nail this is to select a red shade that complements your skin tone. (Image: Michele Morosi/Indigitalimages.com)
Effortless Smoky Eyes
There are few things I love more than a great smoky eye. Make it easy to do, and it’s even better. On the Diane von Furstenberg runway, black and brown eyeliner was applied to upper and lower lids, and smudged out until a smoke effect was achieved. Then lids were topped with a black shadow to set and intensify the look, and blended out. Seems too good to be true…but look how great it looked on Kendall Jenner. (Image: Imaxtree)
Less was more in so many shows, as models paraded down runways seemingly wearing next to nothing. Although the look is carefully constructed, it’s quick and easy. It focuses on a fresh, flawless complexion, and complements it with a sheer swipe of neutral eyeshadow, lightly flushed cheeks, natural lips. Gigi Hadid at the Michael Kors show embodies the look perfectly. (Image: Imaxtree)
Check out the rest of fall’s biggest trends after the jump.
Heavy metal is hitting lids hard, getting layered up for a multidimensional effect, as seen here on Mara Hoffmann’s runway, or worn solo in a solid sweep. Gold, silver, rose gold, copper, pewter…anything goes, as long as it shimmers. (Image: Imaxtree)
Heavy blush was used to create a “just-went-skiing” vibe on many runways, but in all instances, it livened up models’ faces. Tibi’s take, above, played up a monochromatic look by adding the same shade to lips & eyes. Of all the trends shown here, this is the easiest to recreate: just load on more blush! (Image: Imaxtree)
I’d love to hear your favorite fall trends in the comments!