Fall isn’t just about a dark, moody lipstick worn alongside the routine smoky eye. This year, powerful matte red lips and fuss-free liner looks are here to make autumn/winter 2018 catwalks look less intimidating and more relatable. The dewy basic ideas of spring-summer are gone and instead, the punchy, don’t-mess-with-me fall looks are here. There are moments that get you nostalgic, the metallic trend will take you back to the 80s and the glitter palettes can bring out that shiny, happy barbie look and most of all, that glowy skin that’s the mainstay of glam this year has got more refined and punctuated. Whatever it is, fall serves up every stunning style with a sophistication and panache, making them perfect to flaunt this season.
Fall’s gothic eyeshadows are no longer on the menu, instead we have this baby pink number that promises to keep your look fresh and laid-back. As seen on the catwalks of Christian Siriano, baby pink – a matte shade at that made for an easy way to add flair to the looks. Anna Sui had McGrath create a graphic pink-and-purple eyeshadow look – that’s so do-able while the electric pink eyes at Christian Dior were stunning.
How to get the look: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette
Blush went from over-the-top pinkness to just barely-there pinched cheeks. To us, that’s just perfect because eyes seem to be the attention-seekers this year so it makes sense to keep the rest of the face neutral. The slight pinched-cheek look is refreshing as seen on the runways of Bibhu Mohapatra, Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang.
How to get the look: Givenchy Prisme Blush 17
This has to be the most stunning of looks created and easy to replicate. The catwalks of Akris and Ulla Johnson saw goil foil wrapped it bits around the eyes as eyeshadow. That’s probably how you do shine this season.
How to get the look: Just try using real gold foil and use transparent gloss or brow gel to attach bits.
Oscar De La Renta saw us ogling at sheer glitter eyes – from lilac-tinted swipes to a dull shimmer that’s almost glossy at Marc Jacobs. This trend is so wearable and easy to try because all you need is a small hint of shimmer to seal the deal like Pamella Roland’s gold shimmer look.
How to get the look: Smashbox Covershot Palette
Universal matte reds
Lipsticks went from the good old plums to fire-engine cheery reds that are both matte and glossy as seen at Brandon Maxwell and Cushnie Et Ochs.
How to get the look: Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine Lacquer in Red the News
This is one trend that’s both runway-popular and fun to try – because it gives you that bit of high-maintenance look in minutes. Swarovski crystals are stuck to the corners of the eyes or used as eyeshadow to give fall it’s much needed glamour. Both Kate Spade and Prada have sued them liberally.
How to get the look: Swarovski’s loose stones #forthewin.
Twiggy lashes with a twist
Dries Van Noten and Anna Sui lead the pack with Tadashi Shoji on twiggy lashes – the one where your lower lashes take over that 70s look. The doll-like lash look leads the pack this season. What we loved about the Dries look is the fact that blue mascara was used to create a beautiful burst of colour.
How to get the look: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi-Effects Mascara in Teal
All runway images: Getty Images