Everyone knows I am about as basic as they get. I love seasons changing, pumpkin, and knit scarves. Yes, I am in fact “that girl.” The thing I love most about fall is it always sets the tone for next year's fashion and beauty trends.
Last month, I attended Fashion Focus 2014, a hair show hosted in Charlotte every year. It makes for the best people watching when you gather a bunch of hairdressers in a convention center. I wasn’t prepared for the hair I was about to see, though. Unlike the last few years of high-contrast ombres and A-line bobs, I was seeing stunning dusty-rose hues, mint greens, and gun-metal grays—YES, GRAY—along with smoky wood-toned balayage and amber strawberry blondes for someone who doesn’t want to commit to the maintenance of what are considered pastel colors. I’ve got to say, I couldn’t be more in love with the idea of titanium-colored hair.
The perfect pairing with a muted pastel is going to be a jewel toned or deep vampy lipstick. I personally think a more dramatic cat eye with liquid liner is the most classic way to pull together a vamp violaceous lip color. (Tutorial for said cat eye will come later!) The combination I’ve been playing with is MAC’s Currant lipliner and Heroine Lipstick. The secret is to both line and fill in your lips, then take a flat concealer brush and clean up the edges with your foundation for that sharp line.
Thanks to Pinterest, nail maintenance has blown up in the last year. Unfortunately for me, I cannot keep nail polish on to save my life (it’s an occupational hazard, although I do have a plethora of lacquer to choose from). Essie’s Matte About You topcoat is an essential. Ash taupes, matte navys, chocolate browns, and even gunmetal or gold metallics on shorter trimmed nails are on point. The OPI Nordic Collection is exactly what I’ve been waiting for!
Fall is my favorite season to wear more black, enjoy oversized cardigans, and make a statement with my hair and makeup. This year’s fall color palette is much different than the bright jewel tones and warm reds I’ve seen the last few years. Ash, muted pastels, and metal-inspired schemes have taken over, and I can’t say I’m mad about a brooding lip color, either.