Fall Makeup Trends That Are Easy Enough to Recreate at Home

BY Andrew Aqui · March 24, 2016

There’s a lot to look forward to this fall in fashion. Whether it’s ’70s glamour, updated femininity in ruffles and pleats or the grunge and goth trend, the 2016 shows that just wrapped up in Paris had a little something for everyone. And with these strong looks came refreshingly transformative beauty statements. Here are three overarching trends that can be adapted to your sense of style, whether you go for bold, beautiful or anywhere in between.

Fashion Week 2016 Makeup Trends - DermStore


FACE: #iWokeUpLikeThis (No, Seriously)

Even if makeup and bold fashion isn’t your thing and you prefer to keep it au naturel and minimal, you are still on trend this fall. That’s because the “no makeup” makeup look—arguably popularized by Céline fanatics (Philophiles, as they are often referred to, after creative director Phoebe Philo)—is still holding strong as the trend just won’t quit. It was seen on the Paris runways of the hottest “it” brands: Vetements, Balenciaga and Céline.

So does the no-makeup look actually mean “no makeup”? That depends. If you need a little reinforcement, use a tinted moisturizer and concealer and add the slightest bit of warm peach or pink cream blushes for a subtly flushed look. Choose a subtle lip tint that matches the natural shade of your lips and dab it on with your finger. Or be truly au naturel and simply stick with your skin care routine to keep your face in tip-top shape so that you can eliminate the makeup altogether and be a trendsetter just by embracing your true #iwokeuplikethis look.

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LIPS: Dark, Daring and Dangerously Sexy

Nothing transforms a face more quickly than a strong choice of lip color. For fall, fashion houses from Christian Dior to Marc Jacobs to fashion icons like Rihanna, with her collaboration with Fenty x Puma, sent models down the runway with lips in hues from rouge noir to matte black, proving that black is the new black when it comes to lips. If you’d rather leave the goth look back in the ’90s, then take it down a notch and go for a deep berry, which made its way onto runways for Marni and Rodarte, or glamorous red, as seen at Naeem Khan and Prada. These berries and reds complemented the gorgeously rich looks they accompanied, where we saw a fresh refashioning of fabrics like velvet and brocades for the modern woman.

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EYES: Shining, Shimmering and Splendid

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then makeup artists want to set your soul on fire this fall. The top three eye-makeup trends brought the drama, whether you want to sparkle and shine with glitter, give a sense of allure with a smoky eye or channel a youthful innocence with doll eyes.

The sparkle that we saw in sequined and beaded ready-to-wear collections also made its way onto models’ eyes at shows for Saint Laurent and Burberry. Some designers loved it so much that the glitter even extended to highlights on the brow line and cheekbones! For a more real-world approach, try glittery eye shadow in fun colors (think bright pink, green and blue) applied your lids to add a sense of whimsy to your next night out.

But if you’d rather leave the sparkle to your jewelry, go for the tried-and-true smoky eye, which could be seen on runways for Versace, where it was seductive and sexy, to Sacai, where it was dark and exaggerated. Or for an innocent look, the sweet statement of doll eyes was another trend seen at the shows, including at Jason Wu, where it added a fresh-faced, youthful glow and voluminous lashes. The delicate look can be achieved with the help of a good mascara and a cream eyeliner carefully applied with a brush to finely line your eyes.

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Andrew Aqui

Andrew Aqui is a Harvard-trained lawyer turned luxury fashion buyer based in New York City. His love of fashion is rivaled only by his passion for anything related to skin care and grooming. Follow Andrew at gr... Read More >