Fall is sneaking up on us. While the days may still be warm and bright, there is a newfound, but not forgotten chill in the air at night. Sweaters and parkas are popping up in stores, the morning air smells faintly of winter (that faint smell of campfire mixed with that indescribable iciness) and pumpkin spice-everything is everywhere.
As August melts into September, it may be time to retire that bright pink MAC Cosmetics Candy Yum Yum lipstick and reach for those rich berry and plum shades so synonymous with fall.
I came across this fun article entitled Fall Fashion Odds – Which Summer Trends Will Survive. I thought the article’s trend forecast was pretty bang on. Par predicted that boho hats, fringed clothing and knee-length teas skirts (so flattering) will still be popular this fall and I know I’ll be rocking my own pieces far into the fall season. She also bets on “strong eyebrows, dark shadows and smoky eyes” being popular for fall too. As I leaf through my massive Vogue September issue, it looks like the these are indeed safe bets.
Of all the hot fall 2015 beauty trends, the following are my favourites. So, settle in with your pumpkin spice latte and read on!
Subtle Smoky Eyes and Strong Eyebrows
The smoky eye look isn’t going anywhere soon, which I’m thrilled about as it is one of my favourite makeup looks of all time. For fall 2015, try subtle smoky eyes that will be suitable for daytime wear. Instead of Kim Kardashian’s signature uber-sexy black smoky eyes, opt for more wearable shades such as chocolate and navy.
Don’t forget your eyebrows! Thanks to such beauties as Camilla Belle, Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne, big, thick eyebrows are still in. Put your tweezers down, and let them grow in. A little incentive? Strong, thick eyebrows make you look years younger, as opposed to that Drew Barrymore circa 1994 look. To help your eyebrows along, STOP PLUCKING. Leave them alone for – gasp! – approximately 15 weeks. In the meantime, apply products specially formulated for your eyebrows that contain prostaglandin, a substance which mimics the hormone responsible for hair growth. Products like Latisse and Romaine are suitable for use on your eyebrows, so speak to your doctor about a prescription. Check out this handy “how-to” for growing out your eyebrows here.
Super dark lips are in! The darker the better – think all those great shades that were popular in the 90s. Time to tuck away all of those nude lip colours and unleash your inner 90s supermodel. I am seeing black lipstick everywhere, and it pretty much started on the fall/winter 2015 runways. In order to not look too “Morticia Adams”, pick a dark berry shade. My absolute favourite was “Eugénie” – a dark black cherry colour with a bluish undertone from the MAC Cosmetics x Giambattista Valli Collection. Unfortunately, that collection sold out like crazy, therefore that fab colour is unavailable. A great alternative is Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Color in Élégante (hurry – limited edition alert).
Also, that awesome cool-toned purple lip is still popular for fall. Some great options are Too Faced’s Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Violet and Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid-to-Matte Lipstick in Pansy (cult favourite). Check out this great list of more purple lip colours here.
Gilded Shadows and Eyeliners
You’ll want to pick up some warm metallic-toned eyeshadows and eyeliners to add to your overall fall look. I’m talking warm rose-golds, champagnes, charcoal greys and dark silvers. Luckily for all of us, these shades are remarkably beautiful on all skin tones. Darker-skinned girls will benefit from cool, dark metallics such as gunmetal for a really striking look (tip: opt for darker greys as pale silvers can look a tad ashy), blondes and brunettes will stun in rose golds, and redheads will turn heads in glittering champagnes and icy silvers.
What are your favourite fall beauty and fashion trends? Will you be embracing super graphic eyeliner, low ponytails and rainbow-coloured hair? Which looks won’t you be caught dead in? Let me know in the comments!