Ah, fall. Can you believe it's already here? And if you’re anything like me, you are more than ready for it. The crisp, cool sweater weather. Boots, layering, and leather jackets. Halloween. I can list a million reasons why fall is the superior season (at least IMO), but one of the greatest things about fall is that it also inspires changes in many people’s makeup routines.
But no need to mourn the loss of color. Before you put away those bright eyeshadows or vibrant lipsticks, you might want to read this first. According to makeup artists and industry experts, it turns out that this upcoming season’s trends aren’t drastically different from the ones we’ve been seeing all summer — but there are ways to up the impact if that’s what you’re into.
Makeup artists are predicting that everyone will still be going all out for their makeup looks, taking inspiration from some of the most fun decades (so bring on the ‘70s disco and ‘80s funk). ’90s makeup inspo isn’t going anywhere either — and that’s great for anyone who’s enjoying taking walks down memory lane. If that’s not your speed, don’t worry; get ready to celebrate natural-looking skin with a dewy glow.
Take a look at the eight fall 2021 makeup trends that will get you excited for a new season:
Not to sound like a broken record, but everyone’s love for the ‘90s will still be going strong this fall. “Sharply defined lips, punk meets grunge meets ‘90s R&B and hip-hop, [the ‘90s] were a melange of highly technical applications juxtaposed next to worn-in, deconstructed monochromatic color palettes,” says Keri Blair, MAC Cosmetics senior national artist.
Blair says greige, taupe, dirty plums, chocolate browns, and terracotta stains are going to be huge colors this fall. You’ll definitely want to incorporate a classic ‘90s beauty product — the lip liner — and cool eyeshadows in these shades.
Defined lips were a hallmark of the 1990s. To get the look, outline your pout with a brown lip pencil and swipe a clear gloss on top.
If summer was about full coverage, matte looks, then the fall is about going the opposite direction. Megan Curtin, lead makeup artist and head of education at Cover FX, predicts that people will opt for more dewy, breathable coverage to get that natural-looking skin look.
Curtin suggests using a tinted moisturizer that hydrates skin and gives you that soft-focus blurred effect and a subtle glow. To get that extra dewy finish, she suggests using a good setting spray.
Studio 54 Vibes
The hold Studio 54 has on the going-out crowd is unmatched. Channel those glamorous vibes with your makeup look this fall. “[The] glossiness of the ‘70s disco era crosses paths with the angular shaping of the ‘80s is where we find ourselves exploring the details for the nightclubbing trend,” says Blair.
“Of course the idea of [makeup as] freedom of expression or taking makeup to a full exploration of color and texture isn’t a new one,” she continues. “But what keeps this trend fresh is the idea of being done [up], taking chances, and coloring your features to the extreme.”
Blush’s comeback into the consciousness of beauty lovers is here to stay when it gets cooler. Put blush on with a damp beauty sponge to keep skin looking luminous while blending in whatever bright pink, coral, or berry you choose.
If you want to go for the monochromatic look, use lipstick on both your lips and cheeks. Something like the MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick since it’s buildable and blends seamlessly onto skin.
All About the Eyes
According to celebrity makeup artist Sir John, cat eye liner “will elongate the eyes to make them look wider and bigger.” The look is a recurring beauty staple — as evidenced by this liner that he flawlessly painted on Beyoncé during her “On the Run” tour.
Another key look is to keep the bright colours coming. Don’t want to go all out? Dab a tiny bit on the inner corners only, à la Joan Smalls walking at Off-White’s Fall Winter 2021 show.
Pro tip: To create a graphic shape with your eyeshadow, Sir John says to start by packing shadow onto your lid, then take a cotton swab with a bit of makeup remover and start to carve off any edges to create the look you want. And lastly, another fall trend that Sir John predicts will be popular is the monochromatic look. Just take one shade (he recommends a matte hue) and rock it on your lids, lips, and cheeks.
And remember, the perfect accessory to ANY of these fall trends is lashes. The answer is always lashes! ;)