The weather's getting cooler, and that familiar feeling of "maybe I should start dressing like I care" is creeping back. As your wardrobe fades back to black (at least on the east coast) and you start transitioning out of your summer makeup (seriously, step away from the bronzer), here are some current trends to keep in mind – straight from the Fall 2011 runways.
Red lips have been back "in" for a few years now, but this season they are getting a bit darker, ranging from cranberry at Gucci to full-on goth. Keep the look pretty and wearable for real life by making sure lips have a glossy finish. Unless you're going for a full-on 90's reboot, busting out your chokers and your flannels and your Docs. In that case, by all means, make it matte. Maybe with some visible liner. Either way, keep the rest of your makeup low-key and neutral.
Sorry, but I love makeup, so I don't get the nude trend. Of course, these beautiful women aren't really going without makeup, just creating the illusion. If you must, focus on getting your skin perfect. I like this version (from Marc by Marc Jacobs): as you can see, there is soft, pretty color on cheeks, lips and eyes, and the brows and lashes are well defined. This is more of a traditional America "bridal" style; looking like the best version of your natural self.
The classic smokey eye is getting updated this season with softer OR brighter color combinations. You know all of those shadows you always wanted to wear out in public but were never quite sure you could pull off? This is the season to rock them. What I love about this trend is that the looks we're seeing aren't complicated or precise. Women tell me all the time that they want to wear a smokey eye, but are intimated by all of the steps and scared if won't come out right if they do it. With this fall's combination of playful colors and smudgy application, interpreted here at 3.1 Phillip Lim, anyone can achieve a fun and beautiful going out look that's right on trend.
After many seasons of the retro cat eye, we're finally seeing some cool modern eyeliner shapes, like this dragged-down-at-the-corners look from Marc Jacobs. I love this because it's easy to do (in fact, it's what happens naturally when you aren't paying attention to stopping your line on time) and defines the roundness of the eye, making it look rounder (after years of elongating effects). Also making the rounds this fall: geometric liner shapes raised high on the lid. Go crazy!
This has been happening for a while, but youthful bold brows (seen here at Alexander Wang) are now in full swing. For those of us with certain genes, this means we can rejoice because we no longer have to deal with hot wax every 2 weeks. For others, this might mean spending a little time with some brow powder. The upside is that precision is not required – remember, eyebrows are sisters, not twins! When keeping eyebrows this full, it's ok to leave cheeks & lips neutral, but make sure to define your lashes so that your eyes don't get totally overwhelmed.
What current trends are you dying to try?