As cooler weather creeps in, palettes shift from sunny corals and beachy pastels to deeper, wintery hues. Why not revamp your regular eye makeup routine for fall? A mini makeover is one of the easiest and wallet-friendly ways to revitalize your entire look. We all remember the teacher who still wore frosted peach lipstick and pale blue eye shadow in…well, way beyond its fashion moment. You never want to fall into a makeup rut—the eyes are the windows to the soul, after all, so try something new and dramatic.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this season’s bold colors—envision trying on your mami’s makeup when you were a little girl and try to evoke the same feeling of fascination and absolute glamour. Dress your eyes up, pare them down, go for Smoky Seductress, or Wide-eyed Innocent; whatever puts a glint in your eye and gives you the strange impulse to wink at a handsome stranger.
These are some utterly wearable and perfectly modern trends that will have all eyes on you this season.
Navy Smoky Eyes • Set aside your go-to black liner and charcoal shadow. Adorn your eyes with deep navy tones. Dark blue looks great with every skin tone and any hair color. The subtle hue gives you the smolder and mystery with just a hint of playful glam. Beyoncé does the look to perfection on the cover of this month’s Bazaar UK. Create the look at home with Dior 5-Colour Designer All-in-One Artistry Palette in Smoky Navy ($59) or Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad Eye Shadow Palette, Smokey Blue 004 ($4.34).
Strong Brows • A beautifully defined eyebrow gives your overall look instant polish. Use a light touch with your shadow and liner to keep it fresh and feminine. A hint of drama is fabulous; heavy drama can be tragic. Wear nude lipstick when you want to go minimal like Camilla Belle (above) or bright crimson for a retro vibe. Get salon-worthy brows at home with Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows & Eyes ($39.50) or Nuance Shape & Define Brow Kit ($7.49).
Layer Your Lashes • Amp up the volume by putting on 2 or even 3 sets of false lashes for a lush, doe-eyed evening look. This is not for the timid—you’ve got to be able to work that lash glue with confidence. Eva Longoria loves to stand out in a crowd and you will too. Practice batting your eyes at home with Sonia Kashuk Full Glam Eyelashes with Glue ($9.99) or take baby steps with individual Ardell Fashion Lashes ($3.69).
Layer Your Liner • If neon bright eyeliner is a tad too extreme for your style, try layering colors to create low-key radiance. Rich black over sizzling royal blue mutes the intensity while adding depth. Deep brown tones down emerald green or vivid purple while adding dimension. Play dress up with the Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Palette ($32) or make your eyes sparkle with Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Trio, Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Set ($8.76).
Metallic • Every woman needs a dash of shimmer in her life and this is a foolproof way to achieve it. Metallics are everywhere this season and they work for day or evening, blonde or brunette. Halle Berry is a glowing example (literally). Keep it casual with lustrous khaki, a silvery sheen, or sparkling gold. Go for maximum shine when you want to kick up your heels. Get Halle’s goddess bronze with Bare Escentuals High Shine Eyecolor ($16) or go gilt with Maybelline EyeStudio Eye Shadow Quad, Give Me Gold ($7.99).