Beauty How-to: Fall’s Best Color Trends

You’re well aware the changing of the seasons ushers in a new color palette. From all that is green to varied warm orange tones, the changing of the color guard lets us know that it’s also time to consider adding a few new hues to our beauty arsenal. We’ve rounded up our favorite fall colors, and a few suggestions about how to get them, so you’re fresh fall face looks as smashing as your new fall wardrobe additions.

Nail It: Deep, cool colors are on trend. And while we’ll always love our classic red year round, there’s room for a few new shades to don the tops of our fingertips. Think navy blue, deep purple, eggplant, oxblood and what fall would be complete without candy apple red? You need something to brighten up days that offer less sunshine. We love Deborah Lippmann’s “Dark Side of the Moon” for a moody shade while Marc Jacobs Enamored Lacquer collection boasts two of our favorite colors:  Ruby Red and Eggplant Purple.

At Home Tip: Head to an art store and pick up the thinnest brush you can find as well as a bottle of acetone. Dip the brush in acetone after you’re done applying your topcoat. Use the brush to remove any polish that got outside of your nail line, for a professional finish.

Your Kisser: Fall lip colors were varied, a mix between bright and dark. A deep plum color has been seen in both editorials and street fashion photos for months. But if you want your lips to pop in an interesting way, try a shade of orange. While it made a quick appearance over summer, it’s poised to take fall beauty by storm. Bobbi Brown’s Rich Berry is one way to darken your lips without going overboard. Nars Audacious Lipstick in  Tangerine or Vivid Orange Red hits the autumn spot.

At Home Tip: Use a thin, angled makeup brush to outline your lips in concealer or highlighter. Blend. Apply lipstick per usual. Your lips will have the ultra defined outline of a red carpet darling.

The Eyes Have It: Designers didn’t hold back when it came to adorning models’ peepers during the fall shows. From outrageous faux lashes to bold, bright color there’s no shortage of fun experimentation to be had. Laura Mercier’s palette Baked Eye Colour Squad has the teal, bronze and blue we saw at Dior and Prada. And you will never go wrong with Shu Uemura’s selection of false eyelashes. From pink metallic to more natural-looking varieties, it’s all there in high quality definition.

At Home Tip: Dip your shadow brush in water, shake off the excess and then apply it to your powder color. The hydration will give powder a cream consistency.

About the Author

Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. Based in New York, she is a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and reporter. You can find out more at her site and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.