The 12 Sexiest New Fall Makeup Trends
We’ve taken 12 traditional makeup looks—red lips, smoky eyes, neutral shadow, and more—and put a sexy spin on them for fall. Let the cozying up begin.
01 SMOKY METALLIC EYES
A little metallic shadow takes eyes from smoky to smoldering. Rim the eyes with black liner, and brush a charcoal shadow over the lids and into the crease. Dust on a copper shade with a hint of shimmer, to make eyes pop—and hearts stop.
02 WINE RED LIPS
A dark burgundy lip makes a deep impact, so keep the rest of your makeup simple with pale blush and shadow. Choose a bold wine shade, and sex it up (tastefully) with a dab of clear gloss on the center of the bottom lip.
03 SMUDGY BLACK SHADOW
Precisely drawn liner demonstrates skill—not sex appeal. Forgo liquid liner in favor of a black shadow, which is easy to blend and diffuse. Apply the powder along the upper and lower lash lines and at the outer corners, then use a wet brush to obscure any sharp edges.
04 MONOCHROME EYES AND LIPS
Basics don’t have to be boring. For a fresh and flirty look, stick to neutral shades. A light brown eyeliner and shadow emphasize eyes without overpowering them. Finish with a swipe of peachy lipstick for a pretty, just-bitten flush.
05 DRAMATIC LASHES
Increase your batting average by piling on multiple coats of mascara. For a wide-eyed effect, skip the liner and fatten up the top lashes alone.
06 FLORAL MATTE LIPSTICK
Delicate shades of pink and peach make lips appear petal-soft, while vibrant reds and coral venture into hothouse territory. Dab color on the center of the lips and draw it out toward the corners with a lip brush to add volume to the lips.
07 FLUSHED CHEEKS
For a flattering, believable flush, you can huff it out on the elliptical for an hour, or just dab on a cream blush—and get someone else’s blood pumping for a change.
08 GLOSSY PEACH LIPS
Nude may imply the absence of clothing, but when it comes to lips, a little coverage is so much sexier. An apricot lipstick paired with a matching gloss warms complexions.
09 GLOWY CHEEKBONES
Patting a highlighter on the top of your cheekbones is the next best thing to bathing them in candlelight. Just be sure to look for a formula that’s warm and peachy, not overtly frosty.
10 GLOSSY LIDS
What’s sexier than shiny lips? Shiny lids. It’s true. Makeup artists at Donna Karan’s fall 2010 show created this sensual look by applying a creamy base color in sepia to the lids and topping them off with Pro Clear Gloss. You can achieve a similar effect by dabbing Vaseline over your shadow.
11 DEFINED BROWS
Strong, defined brows are the key to attention-grabbing eyes. Beef up your arches by filling in sparse areas with a pencil or powder that’s a shade darker than your natural brows.
12 GOLD LINER
If intense metallic eyes aren’t your thing, you can achieve a subtler (but equally striking) version of the look with gold-rimmed eyes. Brush a gold shadow over the lids, then apply liquid gold liner to the upper and lower lash lines.