The changing of the seasons calls for not only a new wardrobe, but also a switch in the makeup you’re wearing. These recent and upcoming fall makeup releases have our hearts racing already — and they’ll soon have our faces looking more fabulous for the autumnal season. From Fenty Beauty by Rihanna to Tom Ford, here are the fall makeup releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Cover image credit: Fenty x Puma Spring/Summer 2017 campaign
It’s just a couple of days until the big reveal of Rihanna’s long-awaited makeup venture, Fenty Beauty, which has had all of @Badgalriri’s fans eagerly anticipating this moment since early 2016, when she signed a deal with the Kendo division of LVMH. From the few wild teasers we’ve been given, expect the collection to be an ode to sultry natural colours, plenty of glowy glamour, ’90s-throwback aesthetics (frosty eyeshadow anyone?), as well as a celebration of diversity. A staggering 40 shades of foundation have been confirmed, with plenty of options for those with darker skin tones that are usually ignored by big beauty brands. You’ll also find highlighters, gorgeous shimmering shadows and lip colours in all sorts of big, bad, beautiful names like Trophy Wife, Yacht Life, Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule. It’s all cruelty-free, too! Fenty Beauty launches online at 3pm Hong Kong time this Friday, so make sure you’re near a computer then to be amongst the first to buy it.
Your makeup tells the story of the personality you portray, and the new M.A.C. Girls eyeshadow palettes launching on 27 September are the perfect way for you to experiment with alter egos. While the Instagram-hyped “Basic Bitch” palette (featuring mainly greys, taupes and browns) won’t be arriving in Hong Kong, you’ll be able to cop the rest of the range. So which one are you? A “Rockin’ Rebel,” with mermaid blue hues, “Fashion Fanatic” with flashy pinks and purples, “Power Hungry” with commanding gold metallics, “Mischief Minx” with its wild coppers and earthy tones, or a “Prissy Princess” with feminine pinks and tans? Whatever you are, you won’t be basic, that’s for sure.
Available 27 September, HK$445 each from M.A.C. Cosmetics
If you weren’t already smitten with Marc Jacobs’ coconut-scented dew drop highlighter, primer and setting mist for summer, you will be now with its super-sleek eyeshadow palettes. Featuring seven shades — each across four ‘fashion finishes’ like velvet, satin, silk and lamé — you can choose from luxurious shimmery golds and quartzes matched with deep greens, browns, pinks and purples. Compact and handy for on-the-go, they’re like luxe artist’s kits — so get ready to paint away.
HK$390 from Sephora
A twist on Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys lipstick collection, Tom Ford’s newest Boys & Girls brings back 50 Boys and introduces 50 Girls for a whopping 100-shade party. So for the girl (or guy) who says she has “a hundred lipsticks at home,” she hasn’t until she’s met all these beauties. For the new Girls, you’ll get a range from rose-gold Beatrice to hot-pink Ashley, but also a sexy, dark rouge Alexis and dusty-pink Dakota, on top of an alien cyan Lena and electric-blue Isamaya. You might already be well acquainted with the Boys, but take note that the sold-out Drake lippie is also making a comeback. There will be also be collector’s set available featuring all 50 Boys or Girls in a mahogany or ivory case.
Available 15 September, HK$300 each from Tom Ford, Lane Crawford, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, +852 3572 0184
Another icon in the spotlight this week is Nicki Minaj, who’s launching two signature shades for M.A.C. in her second collaboration with the cosmetics brand. Dressed in metallic pink and signed, the two lipsticks feature a creamy coral-pink brandished “Nicki’s Nude” and a midtone bubblegum-pink “The Pinkprint,” after the rapper’s 2014 album name, naturally. If you’re a lover of nude shades you’re also in for a treat, as M.A.C. will be launching 24 additional shades of lipglass glosses and lipsticks at the same time.
Available 7 September, HK$160 each from M.A.C. Cosmetics
Hollywood queen Taraji P. Henson debuted her first philantrophic Viva Glam collab with M.A.C. earlier this year with a matte lipstick and lipglass in a gorgeous warm fuchsia, and is coming back with a redux. Suited for all your autumnal nights out and daytime adventures alike, you can choose from a Frost finish lipstick or a shiny lipglass, both in a bronzey copper with gold flecks. As usual, every cent from Viva Glam sales will go towards helping those suffering from HIV/AIDS thanks to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund.
Available from 14 September, HK$160 from M.A.C. Cosmetics
The former Posh Spice returns to do her second capsule collection for Estée Lauder this autumn, inspired by the world’s greatest cities — New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris (Hong Kong is sadly missing) — with 28 products all wrapped up in gold, so they’re perfect for the holiday season. Aside from dark smokey eyes, there’s a pronounced focus on highlights, with an all-new Aura Gloss pot, Illuminating Creme and shimmering pressed powder, but also the eye foils — high-octane shimmering eyelid lacquers (in charcoal and gold) in a convenient pot design. Ultimate fans of VB can look out for the Victoria Beckham Lit Beauty Box: Noir (HK$11,700), which features a light-up vanity box and eight handpicked items from the new collection.
Available exclusively at Lane Crawford in-store and online
Don an “it” girl smile as radiant as the likes of Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence with Dior’s first liquid formula, available in vibrant matte, satin and metallic finishes. For an authoritative pout, the liquid matte in Dior’s classic red, shade 999, can’t be beat, working equally well for the boardroom or a rock concert. With 20 shades in total, highlights also include the intense matte black and oxblood, as well as a whimsical holographic top coat. If you’re looking for a more voluptuous pucker, also launched this month is the new Double Rouge Lipstick, which is Dior’s take on the ombré lip contouring trend du jour: a ring of vibrant matte colour surrounding a metallic core helps you create the dramatic, chiaroscuro effect that makes lips look more plump.
HK$280 each from Dior, Harvey Nichols, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3521 1386
Yes, you’ve gotten Naked 1, 2, maybe 3 times with its iconic palettes, and now it’s time to bring the heat — like, fire-on-your-eyelids hot. Urban Decay’s latest Insta-worthy eyeshadow palette features summery oranges and tans and luscious copper tones that are not only universal for any skin tone, but also perfect for exuding that pumpkin-spice autumnal cool.
HK$500 from Urban Decay, Facesss, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3180 1677