Look for these must-haves in stores at the end of the month.
A true-blue red
“A red lipstick in your makeup bag is like a black dress in your closet,” says Surratt. Stay away from orange undertones, which can make teeth appear yellow.
FLARE’s picks: Nars Lipstick in Flamenco, $30, or Almay Hydracolor Lipstick in Cherry, $13.
“There was a slight ’60s, very graphic liquid eyeliner at Louis Vuitton and Prada, where the girls wore winged eyeliner with very minimal faces,” says Surratt. It’s one-stroke makeup with dramatic results.
FLARE’s picks: Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in Graphite, $16, or Quo Liquid Liner in Black, $12.
Smoky eye colours
Pick these hues as a “fall eternal,” notes Surratt. Versace girls donned the look with a ’60s twist (above), channeling Valley of the Dolls with an ultra-pale mouth. A little practice with these intense colours delivers major payoff.
FLARE’s picks: M.A.C Eye Shadow in Smoking, $16.50, or Rimmel Colour Rush Quad Eye Shadow in Smokey Purple, $6.49.
Makeup bag makeover
Troy Surratt, makeup artist for Maybelline, shows you how to make the smoothest transition from summer’s glow to fall’s sophisticated beauty.
Use these staples to the last drop, pencil stub or particle of powder!
A flawless canvas is the best starting point for any makeup look, especially if it’s minimal. A dual-sided concealer is definitely a keeper because it covers up blemishes and lightens under-eye circles in one go.
Hold on to: Pout Blendable Concealer Duo, $32, or Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector, $11.
The trend toward stronger, natural-looking eyebrows continues this fall. Nothing is over-tweezed or sharply arched; eyebrows are looking fuller and softer yet well-managed. It’s a happy medium that works on everybody.
Hold on to: Red Earth Absolute Brows Brow Perfecting Kit, $22, or N.Y.C. New York Color Brow & Liner Pencil, $2.79.
A neutral cheek colour
Keep your cheeks on the down-low when playing up eyes or lips. Use beige or pink tones to give yourself a natural glow. Surratt recommends finding the fullest, roundest part of your cheeks “by giving a big cheesy grin in the mirror.” Apply the blush using a soft, fluffy brush.
Hold on to: Make Up For Ever Sculpting Blush in 4, $23, or Jane Be Pure Mineral Pillow Blush in Rose Satin, $7.29.
Let these beauty investments hibernate until spring.
The look shifts from a sunshiny bronzer to a warm neutral blush. Most powders are formulated to keep for a long time, says Surratt, provided they’re used with clean brushes.
Skin should look moist and well-cared-for now, says Surratt, but without as much focus on “dewy” and “bright” as in seasons past. We bet they’ll swing back into fashion come spring.
Ultra-sheer lip gloss
This season calls for more polish. “Lips should look moist and kissable, but not overly glossy,” says Surratt. Your lip glosses should last until spring, but toss them if the brushes are splayed or the formula looks milky or separated.