Get ready for a flawless school year!
We saw some pretty outrageous beauty looks on this season’s runways—faux freckles, graphic eye liner, embellished hair parts—but here’s the breakdown of the prettiest and most wearable beauty trends to try this school year.
Fall is our favorite time to up the glam ante and rock a dramatic, vampy lip. We saw the look on Mila Kunis in last month’s Glamour and on tons of Fall 2016 runways, including Rodarte, Cushnie Et Ochs, Marc Jacobs, Erdem. And Kylie Jenner has practically cornered the market on vamped-up glam. The look is bold, for sure, but you can easily pull it off for school if you keep the rest of your look understated. Try a deep purple or burgundy gloss, or if you’re feeling really bold, even black. Artist Plexi-Gloss Lip Lacquer from Make Up For Ever has lots of colors to choose from. Lip gloss, makeupforever.com
When it comes to eye makeup, lashes are always the icing. This season they’re as big and bold as ever, but several labels, including Nina Ricci, Carven, Dior, and Jason Wu, took inspiration from ‘60s icon Twiggy and gave us a spiky, clumped together look that was insanely cool and wearable. Try a mascara that has a special brush designed to group lashes together, like Maybelline’s new Volum’ Express The Colossal Spider Effect Washable Mascara. We like to add two coats for tons of volume! Mascara, maybelline.com
Curls had a major moment on the Fall 2016 catwalks—the models at DVF slayed in big, ‘70s-esque curls (even the bangs were coily!), Mara Hoffman had romantic spirals mixed with waves, and brushed-out curls at Zac Posen created an Old Hollywood vibe. To get your own shiny, polished curls, use a weightless mousse like Curl Construct from Garnier, along with a diffuser; if you’ve got naturally straight hair, apply the mousse to damp hair at night, braid it up, and undo in the morning for gorgeous waves. Mousse, garnierusa.com
Cat eyes are still killer, but we saw lots of eyeliner situations on the bottom lashes happening at the Fall 2016 shows of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Emilio Pucci, FIDM Grad Monique Lhuillier, and countless others. Framing your eyes with dark liner, instead of just lining at the top lash line, may seem intense, but the result is so worth it—remember how Gigi Hadid’s blue eyes popped on the cover of the August issue of Vogue? Apply an eye pencil that won’t tug on the delicate skin around your eyes, such as It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, to your water line and right at your top and bottom lash lines. And don’t worry if it smudges a little—a slightly messy, “I woke up like this” look was also hot on the catwalk. Eyeliner, ulta.com
From beauty vlogger Lily Pebbles’ girly plaits to PLL star Shay Mitchell’s pierced braid at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards, it’s clear that braided hair still reigns as the go-to style of the year. A single braid looks pretty and polished, and it’s the perfect ‘do for those mornings when you hit snooze one too many times. Feeling playful? Add a handful of colorful barrettes to a single, side-swept braid like the models at Libertine, or part hair down the middle and do double French braids like the ones we saw at Creatures of the Wind. Here’s a tip: braids are best when hair has a little texture, so skip the squeaky clean strands and use a dry shampoo, like Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo instead. Dry shampoo, sephora.com