F. Scott Fitzgerald was definitely on to something when he wrote, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” The rush of autumn also ushers in a restart in the style department with a wardrobe rotation of cozy new ensembles. And your makeup should also be following suit.
The Fall 2016 runways showcased beauty just as much as the clothing. The makeup looks took an all-or-nothing approach, crossing the spectrum from nearly bare-faced to extreme (think diamond-encrusted cat eyes). But even with the most exaggerated renditions, the most relevant trends had a runway-to-reality approach anyone can imitate at home. With a few fast, easy additions and swaps, you can upgrade your makeup to be ready for the spirit of the season — and perfectly paired with all those nubby knits and over-the-knee boots.
Here are four ways to do your makeup for fall 2016.
1. Shine on
Who would have thought that glitter could be so glamorous. No longer reserved for the garish eras of the past, it was the star of the show backstage at many a Fall 2016 show, including Marc Jacobs, Rosie Assoulin, and Emanuel Ungaro. The sparkly stuff was painted on lids, cheekbones, across the face, and even sprinkled in the hair. And while some of the renditions may have translated a bit theatrically off the runway, the lesson is in adding a moderate amount of shimmer for both day and night.
Tommy Hilfiger perhaps demonstrated it best with a subtle golden sweep of glitter on the lid for a modest glimmer. Or take a page from Giambattista Valli’s beauty look with an escalated highlight of sparkle swept right under the brow. At the end of the day, though, you don’t have to tell us twice that it’s okay to have fun with a bit of razzle dazzle. Permission granted.
2. Let your eyes do the talking
Fall 2016 was literally the season of eye spy — and what we spied were tons of artistically embellished eyes that were captivatingly cool. Yes, some were a bit unattainable off the runway unless you have a professional makeup artist on speed dial. But all had plenty of inspiration to offer. From psychedelic colors and star shapes at Jeremy Scott, to Altuzarra’s minimalist outlines, and Cubist stenciling at Chanel — art class was most certainly in session.
But how to channel the inner artiste yourself? Try taking more liberties with your eyeliner by painting it on with a heavier line and in a fresh color like turquoise or plum. Or take that cat eye to the next level with an even more exaggerated winged shape. You could also have a “blue period” like we saw at Jill Stuart’s show, where models rocked a light, cobalt-tinted eye shadow, and it couldn’t have looked more fresh. This is also a case where brightly colored mascara could be used on the outer lashes to perk up the artsy side of your eyes in a pinch.
3. Go for the glow
Sometimes the fall and winter months can bring with them beauty looks that land more on the side of completely bare-faced, alabaster skin. Not so much, though, this season. Blush is having a new moment, and the best thing you can do is brush some on for a healthy, glowing complexion despite the brisker temperatures.
Rosy cheeks are easily achievable; the thing to remember is to keep it natural-looking, as if you just took a romp through the snow. This is not the case for a heavy sweep of rouge. Just brush a light blushing powder across the cheekbones or dab on a cream blush at the apples of the cheeks. Take inspiration from the fresh-faced beauties who walked at Gucci, Nina Ricci, Tommy Hilfiger, Balmain, and Lanvin — all with gorgeous, radiant glows.
4. Walk on the dark side
One of the easiest (and fastest ways) to upgrade your beauty look for the season is with a dark lip. We don’t mean just a dark red or a deeper version of the pink gloss you always gravitate towards. Rather, the Fall 2016 runways (think Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Rodarte, and more) were filled with moody pouts that ranged in a color palette of pure black (yes, pure black) to deep shades of oxblood, burgundy, plum, and wine-stained Bordeaux.
This lip service is a new dark side, one that’s more luxe and decadent than rebellious. If you’ve never worn such a dark lip, you might want to start more moderately with a plum-tinted hue to acclimate your look. Then, upgrade to a full oxblood or even an inkier hue for a bit more drama that says fall is most certainly in session.