It’s no secret that fall is Peaceful Dumpling team’s official favorite season. Pumpkin-flavored foods, coziness, candles, and seriously soignée makeup—what’s not to love? I have been sweating out the summer in minimal makeup (just a flick of liquid eyeliner and tinted lip balm most days) and I’m ready to dress up again. When dealing with circumstances bigger than myself, a polished and intentional look makes me feel more in control and pulled together inside. It seems that a lot of other people also feel this way, given the moody and spirited fall makeup trends this year. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite new looks—and how best to achieve them.
Khaki eyes & berry lips
This look by celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey is pure autumnal mood. Khaki eyes have been trending on TikTok, but keeping it more muted (rather than bright green) makes it more friendly for the 26 and older crowd. It also makes it easy to pair with juicy bordeaux lips.
No-Makeup-Makeup Satin Skin
This “I’m born this way” look by Gucci Westman is way harder to attain than a flashy, color-by-numbers look. For those of us who don’t have a facialist at our beck and call, try Westman Atelier’s Vital Skin Foundation Stick. The luxe clean beauty line is formulated without parabens, silicones, or talc, and is vegan and cruelty-free. (The model in above photo is wearing Vital Skin in Atelier.)
Westman Atelier Vital Skin, $68
If you’re looking for a more skincare-makeup hybrid, try a tinted serum—a 2021 update to the BB cream and CC cream. Typology is a French clean beauty brand with an arsenal of regular, untinted serums. Their tinted serum is 99% naturally derived with aloe, vitamin C, and squalene, and is cruelty-free vegan and made in France. Chic!
Typology Sérum Teinté, $34.90
Modern Cat Eye
I have been wearing a liquid cat eye for about a year now, and I will never go back to any other shape! It is undeniably more flattering than most other eye shapes—it lifts your whole face. Keep it modern and not retro by pairing it with a dewy and youthful skin and a clean eyelid, as top makeup artist Lisa Eldridge does here. Keep mascara simple and minimal, too—it makes it look 2021.
Editor’s note: I’ve been using One/Size 24-hour liquid eyeliner—and I love its felt tip and color, but it is not waterproof or even water-resistant. If you workout or live in a rainy climate, this isn’t really for you! I’ve enjoyed Kat Von D’s waterproof liquid eyeliner, although that one felt less easy to draw on, and not quite as jet black as One/Size.
Casual red lips
Let’s face it, red lips for fall is nothing new. But it’s a classic for a reason—there’s just nothing else that says “back to seriousness” quite like a beautiful red lip. To keep red lips looking hip rather than “trying too hard,” pair with a clean skin, clean eyelid, and casual hair/ jewelry. I love the soft, velvety matte, non-drying finish of Matte, Naturally Liquid Lipstick, new from refillable clean beauty brand Kjaer Weis. It’s certified organic, too!
Matte, Naturally Liquid Lipstick in KW Red, $30 (it’s refillable!)
There is something very 90s, Brooke Shields, minimalist chic about using the same shade on your lids, cheeks, and lips. For this look by celeb makeup artist Patrick Ta, pick a pinkish brown that’s 1–2 shades darker than your natural skin tone and blend away. It’s a refreshing alternative to painting on 4 different highlighter, bronzer, contouring shade, and blush on your face like it’s a coloring project.
Which one of these fall makeup trends would you wear?
Photo: Jillian Dempsey, Gucci Westman, Zoe Kravitz, Lisa Eldridge, Patrick Ta via Instagram