This fall was shaping up to be an exciting season for beauty. We were prepared to reenter the world, thinking about our office and back-to-school beauty looks. In a survey conducted with 784 Byrdie Beauty Collective members, 47% said they’d be wearing makeup often as social restrictions ease and daily life returns to “normal.” That said, it’s not happening quite yet.
With the variant swirling around and mask mandates coming back—we’re not necessarily getting back to our pre-pandemic lifestyles for a while.
That begs the question: Where is beauty headed this fall? The answer is two-fold, according to experts. “There will always be two camps,” editorial makeup artist Kenneth Cho says. “Some will want to apply everything and be super creative and expressive. However, I think there will be a focus on a much more honed-down regimen.” With that in mind, this season’s trends run the gamut from subtle to over-the-top.
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Sheer-stained lips, vibrant red tresses, and color-blocked nails are just a few things in the beauty forecast for the fall. So, needless to say, there’s plenty of inspiration to infuse into your looks in the coming months. Keep scrolling to see 11 of the makeup, hair, and nail trends we’re excited to see this fall.
Chocolate brown lipstick had a major moment in the ’90s, being sported by all of our favorite beauty icons from Naomi Campbell to Jennifer Lopez. The warm-toned shade is making a splash yet again this season. In the last few months, we’ve spotted it on the likes of celebrities and influencers galore. “From fair to deeper skin tones, a chocolate liner and lipstick can make a bold, powerful statement,” celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson says.
There will still be a heavy emphasis on eye makeup in the months to come, because masks are still a thing. We’re predicting a rise in unexpected and intense eyeliner looks. “I’m looking forward to seeing liners in various colors like deep berry reds and purples, rich vine greens to be used alongside the traditional black liners,” Soh says. Models graced the runway with deep blue eyeliner for the Dior Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2021-2022 show.
The eyeshadow trends for fall prove one thing: there are no rules when it comes to makeup. The looks that we’ve recently seen on runways and social media all exude an essence of playfulness and joy, which captures our mood for the fall.
For Georgio Armani Prive’s presentation, models were clad in color-blocked shadow in pastel hues. The Off-White show saw washes of bright blue and yellow eyeshadow draped across the inner and outer corners of the eye.