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The Pretty Files: Fall Trends and Essentials

As New York’s Fashion Week draws to a close it’s time to start looking at what’s hot for fall, but just for me Fashion Week isn’t just about clothes.  It’s about makeup and the trends we’re going to be seeing for the next season as well as for what my clients in the makeup chair are going to be asking for.  I’m really excited for the fall looks—now if only sweater and boot weather would hurry up and get here!  To tide us all over here are my trend takeaways and my absolute essentials as the leaves start to turn and we head towards fall.



Looks for fall are lining themselves up into two categories: either a power neutral or something bold.  On the neutral side of things we’re seeing a lot of vibrant rusts and oranges.  It’s like your basic bronze with a spicy kick and it’s wearable on nearly everyone.  A great way to try this look is to use one color over the entire eye or to apply your pretty rust color in the crease.  One to try? Clinique’s All About Shadow Duo in Sand Dunes.  If rust isn’t your style, no worries.  Two other hot power neutral trends this fall are “prune” purples and sheer grays.  I really like the purple (don’t let the idea of prunes scare you…what you’re looking for is a brown-based purple, like Covergirl’s Queen Collection 1-Kit in Romance) and gray trend as a single wash of color on the eye.   It’s simple and chic.  On the bold side we’re seeing a bright, wild metallic in nearly every color of the rainbow as well as bold, dramatic cat eyes.  If you’re feeling adventurous you could rock your metallic color by taking a wild eyeliner to create that dramatic cat-eye look but don’t worry: basic black is still super sexy.


With so much going on for eyes one would assume that lips would be downplayed this year, but it’s the exact opposite. This fall it’s going to be about rich color, but more than that about texture.  Classic red is back with the textural twist in mind, taking everything to the extreme.  Rich reds are being seen in either super flat, velvet mattes (a great line to try is Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede) or high-shine vinyl gloss.  A tip for wearing this look?  Pair a warmer red with the rust eyeshadow to be very on-trend.  The other big lip color this fall is wine, which will wear well with the prune and gray shadow looks.  Wine colors are deeper and more brown than burgundy colors so you may want to bring out the warmth in your eye color with some extra brown highlighting.  As for texture in this color you will want to stick with sheer stain or a basic, creamy formula.  Gloss and glitter do not wear well with wine.  A good one to try is MAC’s lipstick in Cyber.


This fall with eyes and lips taking center stage the big trend is for a more natural face.  Healthy skin is the look this fall so consider a BB or CC cream to make your skin look its best.  To add a little dimension to your look just the barest hit of sheer blush (I suggest a warmer tone—like peach) will balance out the intensity of eyes and lips.  You can do some minor highlighting and contouring as well just think natural instead of dramatic.

It sounds like fall is going to be really pretty and a lot of fun with some serious punch to make us dazzle even in the cold weather.  I’m pretty excited and have already started lining up my absolute essentials to make the fall trends work for me.  So, from my makeup bag to yours, these are my must-haves to be on trend and fabulous this fall.

I personally own a ton of eyeshadow.  I can’t help myself.  I love color and playing with new things so I seem to accumulate endless collections of the stuff.  To sort of balance that this fall I’m going to be focusing on the metallic and cat eye trends by combining them into one fabulous eyeliner.  My must-have this fall is Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Highliner Gel Crayon in Intro(vert), a bright, glittery green.  I can’t wait to start rocking it with a wash of subtle gray eyeshadow.  Because I am going to be putting so much focus on my eyes with that vibrant green eyeliner my day-to-day lip is going to stay in neutral territory with a Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel, but for the days when I want my smile to take center stage I will be all about the rich, velvet matte red of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso.  It’s deep and rich and truly gorgeous, but I’m going to have to make sure I keep my skin fresh to carry it.  To accomplish clean, beautiful skin I will be sticking with my Pacifica BB Cream, but as the weather gets colder I tend to dry out so I will also be giving my skin a little TLC with Lancome’s Absolue Replenishing Cream SPF 15.  Of course to top all the fabulous face looks off you have to have a great nail color.  This fall I will be giving Pantone’s color of the year, Emerald, a nod with China Glaze’s Tongue and Chic, a dark metallic green.  It’s going to be such a beautiful fall.  I can’t wait!

Let me know what you’re going to be loving this fall by leaving a comment.  I’m excited to hear what others are using because that’s how I get my best ideas.  Next week we’ll talk finding the right shade of red lipstick and how to apply it.  Until next time stay beautiful!

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