Fall’s New Beauty Buys

By Erin Donnelly

Spring beauty was all about bursts of color and luscious loose waves. Summer beauty was all about faux glows and sun-protected strands. And fall beauty, you ask? Look for beauty trends that skew smoky, sultry, shimmering, strong and sophisticated. (In other words, your summertime au naturel beach babe style is due for a more polished and primped maintenance check.) From intense eye shadows to the season’s most-wanted hairstyles, we’ve rounded up some of fall’s most need-to-know beauty trends. Now ditch that self-tanner and shake the sand out of your hair—it’s time to fall forward.
When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: So long gelato-tinted lids, hello smoky eyes. From Yves Saint Laurent’s sooty new Collector Powder to Too Faced’s versatile Smoky Eye Palette (shown), intense eyes are all the rage this season. Whether you opt for blacks and grays or rich autumnal hues like plum and forest green, a strong eye will help you stay au courant.
Gold Rush: Metallics are also making waves this season, with new collections from Chanel, NARS, and Shu Uemura (shown) all boasting brilliant golds and coppers.
Berry Nice: If precious metals aren’t your bag, warm up your complexion with the latest batch of rosy hues blended with grays and browns. Berry shades figure largely into several new fall ’08 collections, from Bobbi Brown’s soft and subtle Mauve Collection to Shiseido’s more playful and daring Intriguing Elegance line.
Big Mouth Strikes Again: Summer’s easy glosses are making way for dramatic color-saturated lips. Play up your pout in a bold red or mauve lipstick.
Hustle and Glow: Trade in your summer tan for a more natural (wink, wink) luminous complexion. To boost your skin’s radiance, try a subtly shimmering powder or cream (like Fresh’s Twilight Freshface Glow).
Scent of a Woman: Greet the season with a more exotic, complex fragrance. Lancome’s new Magnifique (shown) blends roses, saffron, and nagarmota wood for a bewitching scent.
The Dark Side: From rich chocolate browns to honey blonds, hair color is warming up for fall. 

Hairy Situation: What’s on the hair horizon for fall? Experts predict lots of up-dos (both messy and polished), sleek and straight strands (get thee a Chi!), and retro-inspired waves (think Veronica Lake, not Carrie Bradshaw). And with stars like Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, and Katie Holmes sporting newly shorn locks, shorter hairstyles are destined for greatness.


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