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3 Must-Try Fall 2011 Beauty Trends


Fall has finally arrived! Yes, I know that means we’re all back to school and the daily grind, but it also brings fresh, new trends to test out. Now that you’ve stocked up on a new fall wardrobe, why not review and revise your beauty routine for the season, too? After a summer of dewy skin and sheer makeup, the dark and vibrant fall beauty trends are a breath of fresh air.

If you often find the looks from the runway overwhelming, don’t worry, we’ve chosen 3 easy, ready-to-wear beauty looks that will update your look and easily transition from fall into winter.

Ready for the 3 hottest makeup trends of this season? Keep reading to find out.

1. Graphic Eyeliner

Graphic Eyeliner On The Runway
Photos courtesy of ELLE

If you, like me, often play up your peepers, you’ll love fall’s boldest eye makeup trend: graphic eyeliner.

Smokey eyes are often the norm when the weather cools, so you’ll really stand out from the crowd when you rock this sharp, statement-making trend.

Black Eyeliners
Product Info: 1. Maybelline Lasting Drama EyeStudio Gel Liner, 2. Rimmel Glam’Eyes Liquid Eyeliner, 3. CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner

To achieve this look with ease you’ll want the right products. Use highly pigmented, smudge-proof eyeliner: Liquid liner works great for this look, although if you’re not well practiced with liquid liner, a gel eyeliner (like Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner) applied with a brush, or your basic retractable pencil liner works well, too.

This trend calls for clean, bold lines and begs for experimentation. Don’t be afraid to create something all your own! Consider doing your own twist on a classic cat-eye by making the lines thicker or over-exaggerating the wing. Also seen on the runway was winged eyeliner with two thin lines (instead of just one) to mimic the shape of eyelashes.

2. Metallic Lids

Metallic Eyeshadow on the Runway
Photos courtesy of ELLE

Metallics were seen all over the runway for Fall 2011 and are perfect to wear on your eyes. Since metallics range from light and bright silvers to bold golds and moody coppers, you will definitely find a shade to complement any eye color.

What makes the metallic eyeshadow trend really great is its range. Metallics can work for day, as demonstrated above left in the Dries Van Noten Fall 2011 runway show. A very sheer and light application of a gold or silver shadow will give your face that extra glow without appearing over-the-top.

Even more breathtaking is using metallics to update the basic smokey eye, as demonstrated above right in the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2011 show. To create this look, apply a deep copper shade over the entire lid and blend toward the brow bone. Add depth with a darker matte shade in the outer crease. Use a small brush to apply the copper shade under your eyes as well. Then apply dark eyeliner in a thin line and finish with a coat of mascara.

Below are a few sample products in a range of metallic shades. L’Oreal’s HiP Metallic Shadow and CoverGirl’s Smoky Shadow Blast both received great reviews from MakeupAlley and the NARS’ 24-karat gold shade is just to die for.

Metallic EyeshadowsProduct Info: 1. L’Oreal HiP Metallic Shadow Duo, 2. CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast Shadow Stick, 3. NARS Eyeshadow Single

3. Red Statement Lips

Red Lipstick on the Gucci Runway
Photos courtesy of ELLE

As Autumn commences, lip shades take a cue from nature: from deep burnt orange shades that match the changing leaves to the fiery hue of a bright candy apple, this season is all about the red statement lip.

The crimson lips above were featured at the Gucci runway show, and while they are so very attention-grabbing, they are absolutely appropriate for real world looks, too.

First of all, find a shade of red you are comfortable in. Personally, with my fair skin and red hair I tend to shy away from warm red shades and instead opt for deep wine hues; luckily, all varieties of red are in this season. What takes a basic red lip and makes it current is finishing it with a shiny gloss. 

Below are a few picks for red lips: The Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Red Revival has been noted countless times as a universally flattering shade. If lipstick isn’t quite your thing, use a long-lasting lip stain, but don’t forget a shiny gloss to top it off.

Red lipcolor
Product Info: 1. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor, 2. CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain, 3. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Minty Lip Shine

Your Thoughts?

Personally, I love all of these fall beauty trends, but I am dying to try out a statement red lip this weekend. Which fall beauty trend is your favorite? Have you already tried any of these out? And are there any essential fall beauty looks we missed? Leave a comment and let me know!

Posted on on October 4, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , ,

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27 Responses to “3 Must-Try Fall 2011 Beauty Trends”

  1. 1
    October 4th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’ve been doing all of these for years. The red lips not as often, because I’m addicted to doing dramatic eyes every day and I’m a firm believer that you should do one or the other, never both. But I do huge black cats eye makeup almost every day, usually accompanied by a mix of metallic eyeshadows.

    Part of me likes being the only person with really intense eyes, but part of me wants to encourage others to try it out. Seriously. Break out the liquid liner and go to town. You won’t be sorry.

  2. 2
    October 4th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    It’s not necessary, but a bold lip balances very well with a strong brow. Just throw a neutral shadow in the mix (or skip shadow altogether), add a slim swipe of eyeliner ( I prefer an understated vintage cat-eye), and mascara. As a very pale girl with strong, naturally black eyebrows, I find this look is very balancing to my face over all. It plays off strong, bold, contrasting colors without looking overly made-up, since the only noticeable product is the lipstick. And it’s a little bit of a modern take on retro, since thick, dark eyebrows are a fairly modern acceptable look.

  3. 3
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t think I’m bold enough to try any of these looks–I like to keep my makeup pretty simple and classic everyday. I’m definitely going to test some of these out soon though for theme parties!

  4. 4
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I’m not sure about the graphic eyeliner. And also, it´s certainly not a new look, as Amy Winehouse had been doing that for years. Unless it’s a tribute in some way?

  5. 5
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    none of these are new looks. please stop calling makeup looks that have been instyle for long periods of time “beauty trends”.

  6. 6
    October 4th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I am not a fan of the graphic eyeliner. I personally don’t think it looks
    good. I might try the metallic eyeshadow though :)

  7. 7
    October 4th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I recently switched from liquid eyeliner to gel eyeliner and it’s seriously changed my life! Way easier to apply. I don’t think I’d go as bold as the graphic eyeliner, but I’m always down for a cute cateye.

  8. 8
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    i don’t really like the “graphic” liner, but i love a winged eye for the fall.

  9. 9
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    i just tried a ‘mixed metallics’ smoky eye using copper & silver over the weekend!
    great post :)

  10. 10
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love all of these, especially the red lips – perfect for autumn!
    faye xo

  11. 11
    October 4th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I have to agree with Ella. These have all been around for a long time, so I would have to disagree with calling them “beauty trends.” While I’m not against seeing nice tutorials or product suggestions, I would like to see more innovative makeup as well.

  12. 12
    October 4th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Ella, that was a bitchy way of making your point.

  13. 13
    October 4th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Quick warning on that Maybelline eyeliner: it dries stiff on the brush so you have to wash the brush (with shampoo or a brush cleaner) after every single use. It’s super annoying. I used to have another black cream eyeliner that didn’t do that…Anyway other than that it works pretty well and I do like me some black eyeliner! This particular look might be slightly over the top for me though.

  14. 14
    October 4th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I usually go for a more natural look, but maybe I can adapt these to my tastes. I really like the lip stain though!

  15. 15
    October 5th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Have to agree with Samantha and Ella, these looks were already in around a long time, and would not call them trends.

  16. 16
    October 5th, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I love CoverGirl’s Outlast Lipstain you featured above, because I love the look of dark lips but don’t always want to commit to full lipstick for day. The lipstain is super low maintenance, isn’t too in your face, and lasts a long time. I’ll definitely be buying it again! I wear it for day and night.

    I’m not a huge fan of the graphic eyeliner trend, I think I’ll leave that one on the catwalks, but I’m loving the metallic eyeshadow. :)

  17. 17
    October 5th, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Not a fan of the graphic eyeliner, but I’ve been rocking the red lips as part of my everyday look and I love it. You definitely need neutral eye shadow though. Also, I think the metallic lids might be fun to play with.

  18. 18
    October 5th, 2011 at 4:01 am

    i would love to wear a red lip for the day but how do I keep it casual enough for the classroom…?

  19. 19
    October 5th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    @Nessa- I would suggest a sheer lip stain topped off with a balm. It doesn’t require touchups like lipstick might and isn’t too much color which works great for day.

  20. 20
    October 5th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    @Ella and Samantha-
    True these trends have been around before and I even thought of that while working on this post. However, I came up with the list by going through pictures from NYFW and these were popular on the runway for this fall season.
    Just like fashion trends repeat themselves so do makeup/beauty trends.
    I tried to make a note of what makes each trend unique to this season, like the really dramatic graphic eyeliner, keeping red lips very shiny/glossy, and using metallic shadows in lieu of just regular smokey eyeshadow.
    I hope that helps you understand why I made these choices; nonetheless thanks for your feedback!

  21. 21
    October 5th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I agree with Marlee. :) I have light hair, eyes, and skin, so it’s harder for me to do bold looks without looking EXTREMELY bold. I do like 1 and 3 a lot, and I’ve been doing 1 a little thinner, and 3 with hot pink to tone it down just a bit.

    Keep up the great articles, this is my favorite blog ever. <3

  22. 22
    October 5th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I love metallic eyeshadow, the other two seem a little too bold for my everyday look though

  23. 23
    October 11th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I love the red lip look. I’ve found that lip stains work a lot better than lipsticks, and they last a lot longer. Pair it with some lip gloss and the look is perfection!

  24. 24
    October 11th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Careful, y’all! That eyeliner is hard to pull off. When it works, it works, but not everyone’s got the Amy Winehouse look down pat.

  25. 25
    October 20th, 2011 at 5:22 pm


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