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How to Get the Hottest Fall Makeup Looks

How to Get the Hottest Fall Makeup Looks

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Everyone may be buzzing about the gorgeous beauty looks at the Spring 2017 fashion shows, but we still have to get through fall first. And, there were plenty of beauty looks on the Fall 2016 runways that you don’t want to ignore. From a cool take on glitter for grown-ups to inky lips that will help you unleash your inner punk—there's something for everyone one to try. To help you master every gorgeous look, we’ve enlisted the help of makeup artist and Cover FX Global Ambassador Derek Selby. He's helping us break down the key trends and learn how to recreate them.

Black Lips and Nude Skin



Beauty looks took a trip to the dark side this season. We’re talking really dark—not just your usual plums and burgundies. Think blackberry, black currant, or full-on black. The season's inky lips contrast with flawless, no-filter-required skin. Derek explains, “This was shown at Marni, Christian Dior, Rodarte, and Gareth Pugh.”

Step 1.

The first thing you need is a flawless base. Derek suggests prepping your skin using Cover FX Cream Concealer to cover any imperfections. Pay attention to the area around the eyes and nose and any blemishes. Then, use the concealer around the perimeter of your mouth to up the drama when you apply your black lippy.

Step 2.

After concealer, comes powder. Derek recommends setting your base with a powder puff and Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder. Remember to go over your face and lip area.

Step 3.

Next up is the eyes. The focus may be on the lips, but you still need to show your peepers some attention. Derek says, “Apply two generous coats of mascara to frame the eye—I love Dior Extase Mascara in Black."

Step 4.

The final step is lips. Instead of a lip liner, Derek recommends defining your pucker with a black eyeliner like MAC Cosmetics Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline. Trust us. To finish things off, swipe on a blacker-than-black lipstick like Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer. If you want to draw even more attention to your kisser, Derek says you can use a slightly lighter pencil around the perimeter of your mouth to make it pop.

Glitter Eyes



The #Burberry runway makeup look, worn by @AmberAndergram. Smokey eyes, accented with shimmering glitter.

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If you think that glitter is only for middle school dances, think again. Glitter got a grown-up twist this season without sacrifcing the fun. Derek says, “Glitter eyes were shown at Burberry and Giambattista Valli. It gave a fairy-like effect around the eyes and dropped down to the tops of the cheekbones.”

Step 1.

Glittery eyes call for a more natural complexion. Take it easy with the contouring and go for an illuminated finish instead. Derek suggests using an illuminating primer mixed with two drops of Custom Cover Drops followed by a bit of highlighting powder on your cheekbones.

Step 2.

Next comes the eyes. Use a soft neutral shadow on the lid followed by mascara. Then take things to the next level with glitter. Derek says, “Make Up For Ever Glitters in Gold 1 is perfect for this trend. Simply dip a cotton swab into the glitter and gently tap the swab over the temple and top of the cheekbone to give a touch of Tinkerbell to the face.”

Step 3.

When you have shimmering eyes, there’s no need to go for a bold lip. Simply use a natural lip liner like Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude on your pout. Derek recommends blending it with your finger to create a stained effect. Add some lip balm on top and you’re golden.

Graphic Eyeliner



Forget about our regular ‘ol feline flick. Many different shows, like Oscar de la Renta and Kenzo, proved that there's more to eyeliner than an elongated end. Here's how to take it far beyond the lash line.

Step 1.

Make sure your cat eye game stays strong by prepping the eye with a good primer. Derek’s pick? The Cover FX Anti-Aging Smoothing Eye Primer. Follow it up with some concealer on the eyelid and lock it in place with setting powder.

Step 2.

When it comes to your eyeliner, it may take a few trial runs to get it right. Use a precise liner such as the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to create your one-of-a-kind design.

Step 3.

The eyes are the focus so tone down the rest of your face. Even out your skin with concealer and swipe on a natural lip balm.

Deep Black Nails



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It wouldn’t be the fall season without an inky manicure. The color of choice this season? Black. Derek states, “Nails were deep black at Rodarte, DKNY, Nicholas K, and Rag & Bone.” If you want to carry the punk theme up to your makeup, he points out that coordinating dark lips and nails were also a popular theme on the runways.

Step 1.

Shape your nails into your desired shape (square oval, oval, stiletto, you name it), then apply your base coat. You do not want your nails to end up stained.

Step 2.

Apply two coats of an inky black polish of your choice to get an opaque finish. Derek suggests Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice or Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Blacquer. If you want to up the drama, try a glitter finish on top of your basic black polish.

Step 3.

Finish things off with a high-shine top coat. Then give it plenty of time to dry to prevent smudges.

Which of these bold looks would you try for fall?

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