Fall Trends: Three Looks You'll Actually Want to Try

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Fall Trend: The Red Lip

On the runways of: Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karan On you: To make a red lip age-appropriate, choose transparent formulas in muted tones (think red brick, not red hot). "Then apply the color to your fingertip and press it onto your lips," says Laura Mercier, celebrity makeup artist. The effect is a watercolor-like stain, says Mercier (who is French and knows la bouche rouge). If color "bleeding" is an issue, create an invisible barrier around your mouth with a nude lip liner, says Sonia Kashuk, a makeup artist known for her natural aesthetic. And to add shine, tap a lip balm (not gloss) on top. "A very shiny red lip works at 22. After that, a softer, satiny finish is more flattering," Kashuk says.
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Cargo The Reverse Lip Liner in Light

A barely there liner that helps red stay put $16; cargocosmetics.com
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Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 in Berry

A sheer, subtly shiny formula $22; bobbibrown.com
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CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Plum Pout

A subdued red that dries on contact, minimizing bleeding $8; drugstores
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Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude

A brown-red that can be layered for intensity $9; target.com
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Fall Trend: The Nude Face

On the runways of: Gucci, Chloé, and Anna Sui On you: "Nude, aka the natural look, is hard to pull off in real life because it can look drab," says Linda Cantello, international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics. To avoid this, our pros emphasize two key tips. First, "make the skin look flawless," says Pat McGrath, global design director for P&G Beauty. She advises slathering on a good moisturizer and topping it with complexion-flattering foundation (something with light-reflecting particles will help you feign luminosity). Second, don’t skip blush. Choose a pink or coral cream blush and apply it generously, says Mally Roncal, a celebrity makeup artist and QVC regular, who suggests bucking the old "Color the apple of your cheeks" tip and moving north to tap blush on the top of your cheekbone. "Your whole face will look lifted," she says. For eyes, taupes, peaches and soft browns are most becoming, and on the lips, creamy nudes with a touch of peach or pink are your best bets for scoring a look that’s "natural"-but not lifeless.
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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

A hydrating formula packed with light-reflecting particles $59; giorgioarmanibeauty.com
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Shiseido Makeup Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Caramel

A peach-nude that’ll keep you from looking corpselike $25; sephora.com
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Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Perfectly Neutral

A kit of easy-to-wear eyeshadows $13; target.com
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Mally Get Cheeky Dewy Blush in Dawn

A perky coral cream that looks good on almost everyone $25; qvc.com
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Fall Trend: The Bold Eye

On the runways of: Chanel, Lanvin and Diane von Furstenberg On you: "Purple is a far more flattering eyeshadow option than black [a runway favorite], and it’s a color that really suits every complexion," Mercier says. To make the look work in real life, most pros recommend applying color to just your eyelid and top lash line. To get it right, sweep one shade of purple (mauve or dark plum-you pick) over the lid, then trace your top lashes with a dark purple or gray liner; smudge. To achieve the "bold eye," some have advised shadow and liner on the lower lash line, but Mercier strongly disagrees: "Applying them below at this point in our lives drags the eye down for an old, tired effect." To finish the look, don’t forget mascara, says Bobbi Brown, founder of the blockbuster eponymous makeup line, who advocates layering on two or three coats. And if you want a little extra drama, Kashuk suggests taking a cotton swab and smudging your eyeliner up slightly at the eye’s outer corner.
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Chanel Eyeshadow Duo in Misty-Soft

A satiny powder formula that’s subtle enough for daytime wear $42; chanel.com
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Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up Eyeliner in Stromboli

A creamy pencil that goes on easily and won’t tug on delicate lid skin $29; saks.com
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Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Plum Smoke

A rich shade that works best after 5 PM $22; lauramercier.com
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Shiseido Makeup Perfect Mascara Defining Volume

A new, superfattening formula that won’t flake $23; sephora.com
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