If you’re anything like us, summer’s barefaced looks and hot-weather ponytails are starting to feel as tired as the jersey dress you’ve been wearing in four-day rotation since, oh, May. But the arrival of 30-pound September issues and Labor Day vacation plans can only mean one thing: fall is coming, and it’s time to get styled. Here, six of the season’s most striking new beauty trends to help you chart your fall game plan.
1. The New Goth Wendy Rodewald
The modern way to embrace the dark side? Engage in some texture play. Try Gucci’s luminous, moonlit skin with a shiny black cherry lip, or pair a matte mouth with glossy-textured oxblood eyes, like Givenchy’s gothic glamour girls.
2. Playing It Straight Wendy Rodewald
This fall, forgo the bouncy blowout in favor of no-volume strands. Bonus points: Add an edgy element like the two-toned color at Prada or the blunt-cut ends at Victoria Beckham.
3. Brown-Eyed Girl Wendy Rodewald
At Burberry Prorsum and Vivienne Tam, the runways’ prettiest eyes were smoked out in tawny neutrals that made irises sparkle. Medium tones can diffuse as far as the brow bone without looking “too much” (take that, black).
4. Velvet Complexions Wendy Rodewald
After seasons of dewy skin, makeup artists are doing an about face: right now, it’s all about the semi-matte finish. Luckily, new shine-free foundations are keeping pace with the trend, as seen at Carolina Herrera and Doo.Ri.
5. Birds of a Feather Wendy Rodewald
Who needs accessories when your eyes make a statement this bold? Take a cue from Prabal Gurung and Roberto Cavalli with iridescent shadow reminiscent of a bird of paradise’s plumage or a scarab beetle’s shell.
6. Royal Flush Wendy Rodewald
Which ones will you be trying for sure?
Which ones will you surely NOT be trying?