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Fall Makeup Trends & Ideas for a Fresh, Crisp Autumn Look

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 14, 2020
Fall Makeup Trends & Ideas for a Fresh, Crisp Autumn Look

The “no makeup” makeup look we all love in the summer is great and all, but it can also get a bit tiring. Especially after a summer staying inside when many of us would just swipe on a coat of lip balm and call it a day. It’s called quarantine fashion, okay?

But fall is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to bring out the darker colors and play with vampy lipsticks, warm eyeshadows, radiant blushes and more for seasonal glam to keep us cozy all season. The fall color scheme is one that we all love to play with, featuring beautiful and textured browns, oranges, and deep reds reminiscent of leaves that fall from the trees. But sometimes you’re in the mood to branch (pun intended) out, and decide to swap out the neutral tones for a glittery eye look that makes a statement as you head back to work or Zoom school.

We know 2020 has been a unique year, but the fall makeup trends are just as gorgeous as ever, and we’re to share our favorite autumn makeup ideas to make you fall in love this season.

Orange Lipstick

Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Pumpkin Rose by Fenty Beauty
Source: Fenty Beauty

A lot of fall lipstick colors, particularly Brandy and Bordeaux, leave your lips looking like they’re a bit stained after a good glass of wine, and we love it that way. But are you ready to try one that looks like a pumpkin spice latte for your lips? Fenty Beauty is here to help. Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Pumpkin Rose is a rich marigold that glides on as a light orange on your skin, with all-day staying power and pigmentation that makes you look pretty in pumpkin. And while the idea of an orange lipstick may sound daunting at first, it’s definitely not as scary as it sounds. It looks subtle and sweet on your pout, and is ideal for a virtual pumpkin carving session or Halloween movie night. Orange lipstick is a nice break from your typical dark fall colors, and works with a variety of skin tones and eyeshadow looks to make it one of the most versatile autumn makeup trends. You can also try the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in A-Go-Go for an even brighter boost of orange!

Graphic Black Eyeliner

Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil by Essence
Source: Essence

Also known as “floating eyeliner,” you’ve probably seen this fall makeup trend on plenty of runways. It’s “out there” and a little extra, but still won’t look out of place in an everyday fall look. The concept is incredibly simple, and all you need is a good eyeliner (and a few Q-tips!) to do it. Just grab your Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil by Essence, start at the inner corner of your lash line, and gently glide the pencil across the crease of your eyelid. Where you go next is up to you, as you can create an open-ended wing that connects to the liner on your upper lid (directly above your lashes), or leave it as a non-connected, floating line that’s supermodel-approved. We know you’ve missed your eyeliner while doing the barely-there summer looks, and graphic liner is one of the best fall makeup trends that lets you express your creativity while doing justice to fall beauty.

Vampy Lips

Audacious Lipstick in Bette by NARS
Source: NARS

Well, obviously. Vampy lips are one of the most timeless fall makeup trends ever, as they add just the right amount of intensity to your look without making you appear washed out. Even if you’re not typically a fan of darker colors, we promise there’s a vampy lip hue out there for you… think gorgeous, not gothic. What is a vampy lip, exactly? These consist of rich colors like berry, brown, plum, maroon, mauve, deep red, and more to make it feel like autumn, making you look and feel empowered in all situations this fall. Seriously, you can and should wear a bordeaux shade of lipstick, like the Audacious Lipstick in Bette by NARS, to your day job this season. Or paired with a cat eye to go to the pumpkin patch, or just hang out at home watching horror movies. Mix and match a variety of vampy lip hues to fall in love (pun intended) with one of the best fall makeup trends.

Neutral Eyeshadow

Ultimate Neutrals palette by BH Cosmetics
Source: BH Cosmetics

The best fall makeup trends are classic for a reason, okay? Neutral makeup, particularly eyeshadows, are the key to your fall makeup looks that pay tribute to the falling leaves. And pumpkins. And hot cocoa. You’ve got this. Ultimate Neutrals by BH Cosmetics has 42 buttery and blendable shades that can be layered for a variety of extremely versatile looks. A shimmery peach smokey eye with a brown transition shade for a virtual homecoming dance? No problem. Warm taupe for a simple wash of color for a work day? Totally possible. The options are endless with Ultimate Neutrals, and with 42 shades in one affordable palette… you’ll be keeping up with the fall makeup trends for a good while!

Natural, Semi-Bushy Brows

Micro Brow Pencil by NYX Professional Makeup
Source: NYX Professional Makeup

Brow enthusiasts, don’t freak out. This fall makeup trend doesn't mean that you shouldn’t touch your brows all season. It just means that you only need one or two products instead of your usual 10! Step away from the boxed, impeccable arches that you’re used to seeing on social media, and embrace your natural brows as you let them grow and become a bit feathery. You can still trim as needed, and perhaps lightly fill in your brows with a pencil (like the Micro Brow Pencil by NYX Professional Makeup) and add highlighter underneath your arches to make them stand out. But your brows should appear untamed in the cool way, similar to the way smudged liner or a blurred lip look makes you feel. Finish off this fall makeup trend with a swipe of the 24 Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel by Benefit, and you’ll be good to go for a “bushy yet beautiful” effect this season.

Olive Smokey Eye

Smoke Sessions eyeshadow palette by Melt Cosmetics
Source: Melt Cosmetics

A smokey eye is a classic makeup look that never goes out of style, and while we fully believe that it works for all seasons… the right blend of smokey eyeshadows just hits a bit differently in fall. An olive smokey eye is both incredibly trendy (basically every beauty influencer has a tutorial for it), and works with all skin types to create a versatile, sultry makeup look. It incorporates several colors that are all fall, like olive green, rustic gold, and warm brown, to produce an earthy and ethereal eye that you can wear from the classroom to the park picnic to the line at Starbucks when you’re picking up your favorite seasonal drinks. Smoke Sessions eyeshadow palette by Melt Cosmetics has every hue you need to blend, blend, blend it out for your best olive smokey eye, and Manny MUA’s tutorial will serve as a step-by-step guide on how to achieve one of our favorite fall makeup trends. Pair this look with a nude lip, like the Vice Lipstick by Urban Decay in Naked, to become a fall makeup dream.

Sculpted Blush

Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush by Estée Lauder
Source: Estée Lauder

The placement of blush, contour, and highlighter is actually a pretty big debate in the beauty community. Everybody has an opinion on which goes first, and where on the face it’s placed. And while there are no rules in makeup, and everybody should be allowed to follow their unique style, we are going to tell you about a pretty awesome fall makeup trend you need to try: sculpted blush. You don’t need to pick up any new skills or products for this autumn makeup idea, as it only consists of you applying your blush a little further down on your face. Not only the apples of your cheeks, but towards your cheekbones, the area you would generally blend out your contour. Using blush to sculpt and contour your face can work even better than bronzer, as it sculpts your face while adding color and bringing out the warmth in your skin, letting your natural radiance shine through. So it’s time to literally get down with this runway-favorite fall makeup trend, using the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush by Estée Lauder to create this look.

Gold Inner Corner Shimmer

Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter trophy wife by Fenty Beauty
Source: Fenty Beauty

Fall is a busy time for all. You’re going back to school, work, or your bed as you watch the season premiere of your favorite show. You may not have the time or motivation to do a full glam makeup look every day, and that’s totally fine. You can still get in the spirit with fall makeup ideas that take about 2 seconds to do, and bring out your best features to help you feel special and seasonal. Like a gold highlighter! Gold is a sparkly and seasonal color that helps balance out all the neutrals you’ll be wearing this season, and you really only need a swipe of it to make you feel precious. Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Trophy Wife is an iconic shade by Fenty Beauty, and it looks just as gorgeous on your eyes as it does on your face. Just dab your finger or beauty brush into this gold highlighter and place a bit of shimmer on the inner corners of your eyes to look instantly more awake, and as bright as beautiful as ever. One of the more simple autumn makeup trends, for sure, but an easy way to get in the spirit and ensure that the season is looking bright.

Rose Gold Monochromatic Makeup

Insta-Blush in Rose Gold Kiss by Revlon
Source: Revlon

You can’t make us stop talking about rose gold, ever. It’s the most gorgeous color that looks flawless on every feature, and in every season - including fall! Add warmth to your skin with a fall makeup trend that’s rosy and radiant: monochromatic makeup. Or in less complex terms, adding the same color to your eyes, lips, and cheeks. Insta-Blush in Rose Gold Kiss by Revlon is a lightweight and creamy multipurpose stick that lets you effortlessly glide this rose gold hue on your face, with a cream-to-powder formula that won’t leave fallout and blends beautifully for a rosy complexion. It’s a nice go-to for when you’re not feeling the dark lips, but still want to rock a fall makeup trend that adds a beautiful burst of color to your face.

Metallic Eyeshadow

Tarteist Metallic Shadow by Tarte
Source: Tarte

Sometimes you just need a little metal in your makeup looks, are we right? Metallic eyeshadow makes us feel some type of way - modern, magical, and ready to master this fall makeup trend in time for all the holiday parties. You can choose any color you’d like for your metallic eyeshadow looks, from soft shimmers to high-impact glitters, but we’re particularly fond of the metallic silver smokey eye… as it’s dreamy and dramatic, while still totally acceptable to wear during your virtual history or knitting class. Tarteist Metallic Shadow by Tarte is a single shadow that you can sweep across your lid to add sparkle to your eye, and it can be worn either alone or blended with other shadows to create a metallic masterpiece. Choose from other shimmery shades in this collection like the rich purple Amethyst and gold Vintage to look like a sparkly sensation with this fall makeup trend.

Smudged Liner

ColorStay 2-In-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner by Revlon
Source: Revlon

We’ve already told you about floating graphic eyeliner, which is one of our favorite fall makeup trends. But on the days you’re in the mood to be more rockstar than runway, you can always go for a good smudged eyeliner look! This is basically the black leather jacket of the beauty world, giving you a dose of fashion and fierceness while still letting you maintain your edgy side. Now, we’re not saying you should go crazy and let yourself look like you crashed at 1AM and slept in your makeup (even if you did), but plenty of eyeliners contain a built-in smudger to help your fall makeup look become just the right amount of messy. Like the ColorStay 2-In-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner by Revlon. With top ratings for staying power and precision, you can always count on this eyeliner to give you a perfectly smudged look this season.

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