Remember when you looked cute with blue eyeshadow plastered all over your eyelid? Or when you wore that bright red lipstick and about a pound of glitter and everybody loved it? My 20-year-old daughter can get off scot-free with nearly every trend, but the same cannot be said of me. (See cropped shirts, mini-skirts, massive black winged eyeliner, etc.)
I always liken makeup to either making us look swank or unhinged, and today’s video will hopefully help you reflect the latter. Yes, ladies, it’s fall 2023 and the beauty trends are out!
In this article and video, I will go over the top five wearable fall looks and then demo them in succession arriving at one of the most popular looks, latte monochromatic beauty. We will touch on how to have glowy skin, statement brows, smoldering eye, simple cat-eye, and holographic lipstick.
Let’s get trendy!
Glowy skin in the winter is an oxymoron. In many climates, attempting to have anything resembling a plump, shiny complexion might be met with eyerolls and jokes about how the oily skin left the building a looooonnnngggg time ago.
That being said, you can cheat the clock by taking essential fatty acids like omega-3 and -6 in gel tablet form to replenish the necessary oils lost not only to time, but to external factors like dry and cold temperatures.
Plus, by using active ingredients in your topical skincare, like oil soluble vitamin C, retinol (yes, you can use retinol with dry skin and it won’t make it drier) and hyaluronic acid, you can support your skin’s hydration and strong skin barrier to protect against the harsh climate.
In the video, I use a mixture of three products: vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and fulvic mist to bring on the glow. Also, by using a light to medium coverage foundation and as little facial powder as possible, you can achieve the lovely glow trend that we are looking for.
This trend, to me, is borderline dreadful. If you get it right, and do your makeup in a way that balances out a heavier brow, it can look spectacular. If you don’t, your friends and family might give you a sidelong glance that says, “whhhhaaaatttttt……?” (You know, that look?)
Taking an eyebrow pencil, use small strokes going in the same direction as the natural brow hair to make your brows look thicker and more arched, and then extend the outer tip so that it gives you a larger eye area to maximize. If you feel like it, you can use either a clear or colored eyebrow gel to shift your brow hairs in a more lifted way. If you don’t have the brow hairs to pull it off, don’t worry about it! A thicker brow will suffice.
A word on balancing out your facial structure. Some of you will be able to pull this look off better if you use a stronger lip color or a heavier eyeliner. The idea here is to balance out your face so that the only thing standing out is not the Groucho Marx type eyebrow! If you’re unsure, experiment with different looks to find what works.
I’m a big Lauren Becall fan and she had smolder down to an art. Maybe it was her hooded eye lids, or maybe it was her ability to be smart and sexy all at once, but she had it. That being said, I am definitely not Lauren Bacall. If I attempted to smolder, I’m pretty sure my best friend would dash off hollering, “nooooooooooooooooo!” That being said, the smolder eye look is crazy pretty and not that hard to manage.
Using only two colors, apply a shade about two to three shades darker than your skin tone all over your eyelid and work it into your crease. Taking one shade darker than that, add it in the outer crease to help open up your eyes even more. Then take a dark eyeliner pencil and apply it between your lashes on the top and bottom, blending it in so that it looks smoky and soft without being heavy. Add mascara and voila! You are smoldering.
Many of you feel that the words “simple” and “cat-eye” should not be used in the same sentence. Truth be told, cat-eye is a not-so-easy look and takes practice. What’s great about this season is that as far as cat-eyes go, it’s relatively simple.
Just apply a gel or pencil liner to the inner corner and outer edge of your upper eyeline, drawing the line out just a smidge on the edge. If you use a pencil, you can then blend it out a bit so that it’s softer or, if you like, keep the gel liner in place and go for the drama.
Because I incessantly chew my lips, any efforts I make with lipstick are quickly eaten off, but the momentary satisfaction is sometimes worth it. Having a holographic lip is the idea that the outer edges of your lips are about one to two shades darker than your lipstick or lip color, and that you can then make the center of your lower lip several shades lighter than your facial skin!
It’s the trickery of light and dark to give a more dramatic, pouty lip. How can that not be delicious and fun? Once you’re fabulous, grab the person nearest to you and give them a huge kiss and smear lipstick all over their face.
In my opinion, you are neeeevvvvvveeeeerrrr out of bounds for trying new looks, and this season all five looks are very do-able! In the end, I arrived at the monochromatic makeup look that is so lovely. The difference with applying monochromatic makeup to mature skin is to have enough punch with the colors so that you don’t look washed out. Have fun trying these and please let me know what you think!
How open are you to trying new makeup trends? Which type of trend would you never try? Have you tried a trend that you thought would look hideous but turned out pretty good on you? What was it?