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Fall 2023 Beauty Trends: 5 Looks You Can Do!

By Suzanne Blons October 04, 2023 Beauty

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

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.

Statement Brows

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.

Smoldering Eye

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.

Simple Cat-Eye

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.

Holographic Lips

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!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

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?

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With makeup I was not into trends I stuck with what worked with my features and coloring. Now that I have many of the old age issues I’m at a loss. I need help! My neutral brown and gray eye pallet is making my eyes appear hollow. Taking the tip you mentioned about not putting eyeshadow under the eye. Color seems to be my issue I look drab yet when I add color I feel clownish. Any suggestions where to start????


Hi Nina, I think it’s a matter of degrees. For example, use brown in the crease, but next to your eyeliner use a more, say, grape toned liner/shadow and you’ll get the definition and the pop. You also might try a bright water line shade like a forest green or cobalt blue. It will add color but not be overpowering. I hope this helps!


The grape worked! Granddaughter said she will come with the colors for water line can’t wait to try it. Thank you for your help


That’s great news, Nina! I’m sure your granddaughter is jazzed too:)


67, only wear eyeliner and mascara when going out. no intention of doing anything more. I look just fine wo all that stuff


That’s great, Vicki! A woman who knows what she likes:)

Jeanne Schwetje

I love makeup since I’m active in two local theatres. Of course I don’t wear my stage makeup in daily life! But I am psyched to try theses looks. I have sensitive skin so no retinol for me! I love a (subtle but glimmery)red lip,but would like to try the lip described here. As long as it doesn’t look like the lined lip we did briefly in – was it the 90’s? I never liked that look. Thanks for your wonderful article and video☺️


Thanks, Jeanne! The lipstick used can be super pretty, just be sure it has enough umph to stand out with your skin tone and not look flat or too dark. Brown can be tricky! By keeping the lipliner only a shade darker than your skin you will avoid the over-lined look. I never liked that look either:)

Carol Thornton

I would really appreciate a video on much older hooded eyes. I am 70, love makeup but never seem to get my eyeshadow right . Blue eyes and I mostly use brown shadows.
Thank you.


Hooded eyes can be a challenge! Feel free to do a search here on Sixty and Me for Hooded Lids and I’m pretty sure there are numerous videos on how to make them up. I will also keep that in mind for future content.


Oh thank you! I rushed off to try your directions for the smolder-look for my eyes because that was my look when I was young. Now I know how to do it again and can smolder or simmer. Going to try the retinol, I have extremely sensitive and dry skin so have never dared. Again, thank you!

Debi Sample

I really enjoyed these tips and appreciate that the 60’s is not forgotten!! Thank you


Hi Debi, the 60’s rocked! And that blue eyeshadow is forever made iconic with bell-bottoms and flower children:)


Thank you Jennifer! Best of luck with the smolder look, it’s fun and looks good on nearly everyone. As far as retinol is concerned, much is determined by the quantity of retinol in the product, and if the product also contains vitamin C and other hydrating benefits. It helps with cell turnover and thus will brighten and strengthen the skin! Be sure to use moisturizer and don’t balk if you have some sloughing off of dry skin, redness, and irritation. That just means it’s working and is a good sign. Please use sun block when in the sun as retinol can make your skin more sensitive for a time.

The Author

Suzanne Blons, The Beauty Shaman, has been in the beauty industry for nearly 40 years. A former Revlon Charlie Girl, she is now a professional makeup artist and has worked with such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and Arianna Huffington. Today, Suzanne shares her beauty secrets on her YouTube channel, The Beauty Shaman. Check out her store, blog, coaching, and beauty courses.

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