Thursday, September 15, 2011

Down and Out Beauty: Fall makeup trends

The dropping temperatures and humidity have me really excited about fall makeup! Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year and the richness of fall colors translate so well into your makeup palette. After a long summer of natural pink, humidity-proof neutral, I'm getting bored. I'm longing for something dramatic, saturated, and alive.
I've kept a close eye on the runways and makeup lines to find the most wearable fall trends and I have to say I'm quite pleased with this year's looks.
Molten metal smokey eye is a biggie this year. It's far easier to wear than the usual matte black/grey smokey eye because the lighter metallic shade is focused on the inner corners of the eye, making your eyes appear larger. Try adding MAC pigment in Old Gold to the inner corners of your eye with your existing smokey eye look.
This year's twist on the classic red lip is a satiny finish. Think burgundy, plum, brick, and burnt orange velvet. 
I'm so grateful that full brows are making a comeback. Last spring's invisible eyebrows were horrifying and completely unwearable. Full brows instantly make you look more youthful, so if you've over tweezed in the past, fill them in with a colored brow gel: it picks up brow hairs you didn't even know you had and looks completely natural.
Spider leg lashes are huge for the fall. For a neater, more wearable version, apply several coats of mascara and comb through just once after the last application of mascara. That way your lashes will be more Twiggy than Tammy Faye. Or you can opt for cruelty-free mink falsies for some extra drama.
My favorite trend for fall isn't really a trend for me at all. Its my go-to look: kitten eyeliner. It takes some practice to get a neat symmetrical line, but your patience will be rewarded as this look will get you noticed. It calls so much attention to your eyes and makes every blink look sexy. Check out Lisa Eldridge or Pixiwoo on youtube for a video tutorial on how to do perfect kitten eyeliner.
Last, but not least, is glowing skin. When the humidity levels drop, your skin can become dehydrated very quickly. Switching to a richer moisturizer and adding a highlighter to your makeup kit will keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. I like MAC strobe cream applied under foundation on the tops of your cheeks, brow bone, bridge of your nose, and inner corners of your eye. This gives a lit-from- within glow that's not over the top shiny.
I hope you'll give some of these looks a try. Be playful and be brave.
Layne is a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist working at Urban Sanctuary in Athens, GA. She writes the bi-weekly column, Down and Out Beauty.


Jamie Todd said...

Love the metallic smokey eye, super cool idea! I need your help with the kitten liner though, still havn't quite gotten it down

Sarah~ said...

Thanks for this post! It was nice to see the trend pics with details written.

sécia said...


♥ sécia

Ashley said...

I'll be sure to use the Strobe Cream. I always have problems with dryness and I'm very very pale. Not a winning combo, ha ha ha. Thanks!

Wonderful in Progress

Rhianne said...

ohh, I'm already rocking the full eyebrows look, its good to know its a trend as well lol

drollgirl said...

ya have some glorious inspiration here on some gorgeous women with FABULOUS looks!

what a horrible sentence. cripes!

Julia @ Boredom Abounds said...

Love the false lashes. I'm getting better at applying them and love adding them for a night out!

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