Fall Beauty Trends: 7 Easy Ways To Update Your Look


Fall is upon us!  I love the falling leaves, the plaid scarves, the boots, the sweaters, the pumpkin spice everything (candles, lattes, donuts, bread, pies . . . ok now I’m just naming baked goods that I love), and of course…fall beauty.  We’ve scoured magazines, internet and beauty stores to bring you our favorites for Fall 2015.  The Mom Edit’s beauty trends are all about simple looks using one or two products that everyone can wear.  Whether you’re a beauty novice or total junkie, these trends can be mastered very easily.

To illustrate the trends, I grabbed a few of my best friends, supplied them with wine, and had them over for a “makeup party” juuust like high school.  They were such good sports and I think it really helps to see the trends on different faces.  Besides….FUN.





1. Go All 90’s With A Matte Smokey Brown Eye



Like a lot of trends this fall, this one is a throwback to the 90’s.  Less is more with this look.  Keep the lips neutral and use just one or two brown matte eyeshadows (three if you’re really crazy) on your lid.  The key is blending.  Put the lighter of the two on the inner corners, the darker on the outer corners and blend them as needed.




On Rachel, I kept the look mainly on her lids and on myself (below) I blended the color outwards a bit more.  There’s no right or wrong way with this look . . . it’s all about your preference.  Just leave the shimmer and sparkles out of it. (And see #5 if you really like the shimmer and sparkle!)



Products Used

MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown and Espresso (Embark is a good option if you want a darker look and can replace liner). MAC shadows are grouped by finish so it’s easier to find colors . . . the matte colors are followed by an (M).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original



2. Vamp Your Lips


Janine is NOT used to wearing lipstick, but she was game to try anything.  We started out with a darker color that just didn’t look quite right on her.  That’s the beauty of the vampy, wine lip . . . you can go lighter or darker to suit your taste and still be right on-trend.   My best tip is to buy a clear lipliner (like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Liner in Ozone) and use it to line outside your lip line.  This will prevent bleeding and feathering of whatever lipstick you want to wear and doesn’t require you to buy a matching lipliner for every color.  (ALSO: you don’t want chapped lips for this look . . . to exfoliate your lips put some balm on, let it sink in and scrub gently with a wash cloth.)


Products Used

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Raisin Rage (also available in a Super Lustrous Gloss)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone (line outside your lips with this clear color to prevent feathering of any lipstick . . . this is one of my must-have beauty products!)


Want to go darker?




Products Used

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Blackmail

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame

Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lipgloss in Merlot Vinyl (I like this gloss almost as much as their liquid lipstick . . . this gloss had serious staying power)



3. Gild Your Lilies (I Mean Your Lids)


For Fall 2015, I’m loving golden, coppery shades.  The beauty of this look (besides, uh, so pretty), is that it’s so darn easy, and only requires two products to get major WOW.

Press the powder onto your lid over Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion.  The primer is key to getting the shadow to adhere to your lid and stay on . . . it helps to get the opacity right rather than having just a sheer wash of color.  Metallic shadows can be crumbly and pressing them into your lid rather than brushing them on will help to prevent shadow fallout all over your face.  I love the glistening effect of this look!


Products Used

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Golden Topaz 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original 



4. Add A Little Light To Your Eyes (Subtle Gold Eyeliner)


For the easiest, quickest version of this trend, pick a metallic-colored eyeliner and draw a line just under the lower lid.  This look is subtle but it’s a great every day option when you AGNT. (Ain’t got no time).  I’d try Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Gilded (the color I’m wearing) or Sepia, a grey-taupe metallic color.  This is my new favorite eyeliner (I’m also wearing it below in my graphic eyeliner example) . . . because it has serious staying power.


Products Used

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Gilded (a coppery-gold metallic color)



5. Go Mod With A Wearable Cat-Eye


I love how thick eyeliner can almost work as an accessory, and this fall the thicker the better.  Major eyeliner also creates the illusion of more lashes and can lift the look of your entire face.  (Facelift via pencil?)   My favorite tool for this task?   Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner.

*Lots of magazines suggest using a credit card to keep the line straight, but I suggest using scotch tape!  Press a small piece onto the back of your hand (to take off some of the stickiness) and then line it up to exactly where you want your eyeliner to be.  Even if you mess up, you’ll have a straight line when the tape comes off!  

Products Used

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner in Black (Although the tip made this liner easier to work with, it didn’t last as long as I’d like . . . I’d suggest Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner if you’re looking for staying power.  It has the same easy-to-use tip but will last!)



6.  Go Graphic In Green (Or Blue Or Purple Or…)

Classic cat-eyes are great (and the mod look is so on-trend this Fall), but for a twist, I’m loving major eyeliner in an unexpected color.  Find one close to your eye color to really make them pop!  (Brown-eyed girls – try navy blue, and purple works on EVERYONE.  Really.)



You can do a cat eye, or if your hand isn’t that steady, do what Shana does – just line top and bottom in a thick line and smudge.

Products Used

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight Green

(anyone notice I’m not wearing my lashes here? hee hee)  



7. Big, Bad, BROWS

There’s no doubt that major brows are a huge trend this Fall (Cara D, anyone?).  But major brows are seriously tricky – you’ve gotta have the hair, for one thing (I don’t), and they can change the look of your face in a pretty drastic way.  So we’ll be doing an in-depth feature on brows:  How to fake ’em when you don’t have the hair (or as close as you can get) or how to enhance ’em when you do.

My two favorite brow products are: Anastasia’s Brow Wiz (for filling in brows) or Gimme Brow (to enhance what you already have).

(If you’re interested, you can see a review I did of Anatasia’s Brow Wiz vs Dipbrow here.)



So that’s our Fall Beauty Trends!  Try one or two or throw them all together . . . bold brows, metallic lids, wine lips, go nuts!

yup, that’s about as big as my brows will get



And in keeping with the high-school theme night….



. . . SELFIES.

A HUGE thank you to Rachael, Kelly, Janine and Jess for playing along and letting me use them as guinea pigs!  It’s so much fun to do these kinds of articles with friends! (And a “little bit” of wine.)  For more makeup tips and tricks, check out our Beauty section!







  1. Scotti, this was helpful. As a redhead, I love fall because most of the trends tend to really flatter my coloring. I am glad that some of my favorite beauty looks from the nineties are coming back…I rocked the heck out of browns, golds, and copper. Going to try a couple of these this weekend.

  2. Great ideas! #1 (the matte brown shadow) is retry much the only way I be ever done eyeshadow so it’s nice to know I am on trend again 🙂

  3. Scotti, you are amazing at breaking down the steps for applying makeup for dummies like me. Thank you! I am absolutely buying the raisin rage lipstick the next time I’m at the store.

  4. Love seeing the styles on different faces! Would you consider including women of different ethnicities next time? I’m Asian with hooded monolid eyes, and eye makeup techniques are soooo different for monolids (when I close my eye and open it again, the same expanse of skin is showing, so I can’t just put color over my entire lid or it will go nearly up to my eyebrows).

  5. I noticed that the Urban Decay pencil does not come in Ozone, but there is an Urban Decay multipurpose primer pencil that does. Is that what you meant? Thanks!

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