Have a big night out on the calendar? Instead of resorting to your same-old evening hair and makeup, consider attempting something new. This fall’s makeup trends included sexy, sophisticated looks -- think lush lashes, tousled locks and nude lips -- that work perfectly for nighttime.
Best of all, they’re surprisingly easy to do. So the next time you’re headed on a big date or evening on the town, try out one (or all!) of my easy tricks – and you’ll look glamorous in no time.
Nighttime Fall Makeup Trend #1: Long lashes. A lush, full fringe is an easy way to go from day to evening. And with false lashes now more widely available, achieving the look is easier than ever. The trick is choosing a glam -- not gaudy -- pair. Seek out those that resemble a slightly amped-up version of your natural lashes; you may need to trim them down before application.
Get the look: Most pairs are adhesive so, in theory, you can pop them right on. If they don’t feel secure, add a tiny bit of dark-toned lash glue. Once they’re on, cover the seam of the lashes with shadow or liner. I dip an angled eyeliner brush in a drop of water and then into a deep black matte shadow (the matte camouflages any of the lash band’s sheen). Blot off any excess with a tissue, and then dot the brush along the lash line over the false pair. For extra hold, apply a thin coat of mascara by working the natural and artificial lashes together with the wand.
Nighttime Fall Makeup Trend #2: Winged liner. Dramatic eyes were big on the runways this year, and they’re inspiration for a seductive evening look. This fall’s makeup trend is a bolder, less precise eye that’s easy to achieve.
Get the look: Dip a small eye shadow brush in dark shadow, and trace an outline of a winged shape on your lash line. Then swipe a thin layer of shadow along the lower lid, connecting it to your wing. Blend the wing line with a fluffy shadow brush. Then, with an angled brush dipped in cream black liner, fill in the shape and line the lower lids. Finally, using the original small shadow brush, blend the outer borders with a powder shadow to keep the line soft instead of severe. Wipe up an excess under your eyes with a soft Puffs facial tissue.
Nighttime Fall Makeup Trend #3: Rosy cheeks. The fall makeup trend is a flushed glow, as if it’s coming from within rather than being brushed on.
Get the look: After applying a thin layer of foundation to even out your skin tone, mix a small amount of the foundation with a cheek stain or cream blush. Swipe this mixture onto the apples of your cheeks with a brush. Set your foundation with powder, then apply just the stain or blush to the areas of your cheeks that get flushed normally. (Swipe on layers until you reach your desired shade.) With a Puffs facial tissue, buff your cheeks with a swiping motion to blend it in. Even if you work up a sweat on a dance floor, you’ll maintain that glow all evening!
Nighttime Fall Makeup Trend #4: Tousled locks. No-hair-out-of-place blowouts are moving over for more tousled tresses. Slightly wavy tresses split down the middle (think: Kate Moss in her 90’s Calvin Klein ads) lend a casual-cool air to an evening look.
Get the look: If your hair doesn’t naturally dry into a perfectly unkempt style, it’s easy to fabricate the look. To achieve a relaxed middle part, brush clean, dry hair backwards. Then push the hair from your crown toward your forehead, allowing the hair to fall where it naturally wants to part.
Curl the outer layers of your hair in 1-inch sections with a 1½- or 2-inch curling iron. Comb out with your fingers before they cool. Next, work a dime-sized dollop of hair cream throughout the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Go back in with the curling iron to smooth any frizzy pieces on the outer layers of your hair; rather than clamping the sections (which creates a tighter curl), lightly wrap each section over the barrel. If any of the pieces seem too bouncy, pull out some of the wave with your fingers.
Nighttime Fall Makeup Trend #5: Nude lips. A natural-looking pout is the perfect pair to dramatic cheeks or eyes. But bare lips don’t have to be boring.
Get the look: The key to beautiful mouth is plump, healthy skin. With the change of seasons, the skin on our lips can get dry and dull. That’s why I recommend using a lip scrub with natural ingredients and hydrating oils. Wipe the product off with a Puffs facial tissue and repeat if there are any remaining flakes of skin.
Then apply a lip balm, gloss or a cream lipstick in a shade that matches your lips’ natural skin tone. If you opt for lipstick, skip the liner: It can dry out skin and appear more bold than subtle.
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