CathyRecommends: Fall 2013 Beauty Trends

Along with the changing leaves, fresh cider and donuts, and cool, breezy weather, the fall makeup trends are finally here. The summer climate seems to restrict the possibilities of new trends, which lately always seem to fall into the bronzed cheeks and eyes category. In contrast to spring and summer, fall and winter beauty trends are almost always more dramatic. Now, the idea of dramatic makeup may scare some people, especially makeup beginners and those of us who like sleep . As a fellow cohort, I am well aware of the “slamming your snooze button four times before you wake up for class” struggle. Luckily for all us,  this year’s runway makeup is more wearable than avant-garde. Styles classic with a modern spin make it easy to tone down the looks for everyday wear.

Here are the top three fall looks from the runway and how to adapt them into your morning routine:

1) Cat eyes: As seen on Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, and on celebrities like Lily Collins, cat eyes were prevalent on the runway. There were many variations for this timeless look: clean, classic, colorful, cozy. First, in order to create the famous retro black cat eye you can use either a black liquid pencil or gel liner. To those new to the technique of "flicking out" the liner, it's easier  to start off with a liquid eyeliner. Liquid liner is the easiest to control and the fastest to apply. However, if you prefer to get that really clean and dramatic winged line, gel liner is the one for you. Gel is usually more pigmented and the brush provided allows for more control. I do not suggest using pencil for winged liner because it may tug your eyelids causing premature wrinkles or hooding of the eyes, but if that is your preference, or is just simply what you have on hand, then a quick tip: run your pencil liner through a flame for just a second. This will soften the kohl making it easier to apply in a nice, smooth line. For those who think that black flicked liner can be too harsh, no worries. This look can also be done with any eye shadow color to create a softer flick. Just use a stiff angled brush and your favorite eye shadow and extend the shadow past your natural eye line. This option is also more time friendly and allows you to get more creative.


2) Ralph Lauren’s naturally beautiful women: This look is everything makeup should be.  Makeup is meant to enhance and express, not as a mask for imperfections.  That is the key to this look. The idea is to simply enhances your natural beauty and balance the face so that no feature overwhelms another. Use a base that is light and will still allow your natural skin to peek through, like a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Also, put your powder, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream before concealer, this way you are only applying extra coverage on the areas that absolutely need it. The next step is crucial... eyebrows. If the eyes are the window to your soul, your eyebrows are the frames. For this look, a fuller, straighter brow gives a more youthful, natural look. After plucking, you can apply a bit of mascara, highlighter, and if you prefer, a light blusher and you are good to go. Cliché, but this is your typical “no makeup” makeup look.

3) Mad Men makeup: This look is all about the bold brows, full lashes, and matte lip. Here, where a fuller and straighter brow looks more innocent, an arched and defined brow looks more vampy. Think Disney; the villains always had thinner eyebrows compared to the princesses. A more defined and arched brow accentuates the angles on the face. After the eyebrows and lashes are done, this look is easily adjusted to personal tastes. Throw on a classic red (i.e. MAC Ruby Woo) for a retro look, a deeper red (i.e. MAC Rebel or Diva) for a vampy look, and even a nude  for a more casual look.

With the weather cooling off, these new fall trends are perfect for spicing up your routine.  Have fun and get creative!


Suggested Products:

Liquid liner:

Drugstore: Milani Ultrafine Eye Tech Extreme and Maybelline Line Stiletto

High End: Lancome Artliner

Gel liner:

Drugstore: Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner

High End: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner and Mac Blacktrack Fluidline


Drugstore: L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB CREAM

High End: Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Smashbox CC Cream