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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Murphy

Falling in Love w/ Fall Makeup

It’s that time time of year when the leaves start to change and Starbuck’s rolls out their pumpkin spice lattes!

Who doesn’t love packing away their cut-off denim shorts in favour of loose, cozy sweaters!? Fall is my personal favourite season for two main reasons:

1. My birthday is on Halloween (Yayyyyyyyyy! Presents!)

2. Beautiful Fall makeup trends!

To celebrate the seasonal change I decided to create a fall-inspired makeup look. For details on this moody look I’ve linked all key products to their websites for easy purchasing, check below!

Fall Makeup Look

Brows For makeup I almost always start with filling in the brows. I find brows are so important these days and really frame the eye makeup. For my model Victoria’s eyebrows, we started defining the shape by using Anastasia’s DIPBROW pomade in taupe with a MAC #263 angled brush.

For extra definition in the arch of the brow I added MAC coquette eyeshadow on the same angled brush.

After getting the shape of the brow defined, I like to clean up the surrounding skin (also sharpening the shape) with Tarte’s Shapetape Concealer on a MAC #212 flat defining brush. This step makes the brows look super sexy.


To prep the eyelid for eyeshadow, I like to apply MAC Painterly Paint Pot as a primer all over the eyelid and up to the brow. This stuff is my go-to for eyeshadow primer. Because of its thick texture and concealer-like colour, it gives the perfect base for eyeshadow by blocking out any veins/discolouration on the natural eyelid. For eyeshadow we used a couple of shadows to create the smokey look:

1. Wedge eyeshadow in the crease with a #217 brush. This taupey shade creates depth and shadow to carve out the eye’s shape. I layered in a bit of omega eyeshadow as well to diffuse any edges to the eyeshadow.

2. The next few shades I used from the Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette. I packed on Silk Creme over the base of the eyelid to create a subtle warm brown base. Enlight shadow was used on the inner corner of the eye and under the brow to create a highlight. To smoke out the outer corner I used Abyss (black shadow) on a #221 brush and blended up into the crease. I HIGHLY recommend this palette to anyone; makeup artist or casual makeup enthusiast. All the eyeshadows blend like butter, especially the matte shades. If you have difficulty getting that perfect blend, this palette will help with that issue.

3. I pulled the outer crease colour, Abyss, further into the crease with MAC's Scene eyeshadow.

4. For liner on the upper lid, I used Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner gel in 77 with a #263 angled brush from the inner corner and winged to the outer corner. I then followed with MAC’s Smolder eyeliner in the inner upper and lower lash line.

5. To smoke out the lower lash line I used MAC’s Star Violet eyeshadow on a #219 pencil brush (amazing tool for smudging eyeshadow and getting a soft/diffused look). This eyeshadow shade makes the light green tones in Victoria's eye stand out and adds a subtle pop of colour.

6. To finish the lashes we used L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara and Ardell Demi-Wispie lashes.


To prep the skin I used MAC's Natural Radiance Yellow primer all over the face and MAC’s Fast Response eye cream under the eyes.

For foundation I combined MAC’s Studio Fix foundation in C4 with MAC’S Hyper Real Foundation in Rose Gold FX. This creates a full coverage that’s matte looking but still has a beautiful luminous finish. It makes the skin look incredible. Period.

Under the eyes I used Tarte’s Shapetape Concealer again for full under-eye coverage. To prevent creasing under the eyes I baked with J Cat’s Lux Pro Powder in Porcelain.

To set and blend the foundation/concealer I used MAC’s Mineralized Skinfinish in Medium Plus. This powder gives the skin a medium coverage (a good balance with the liquid foundation) and a satin finish that compliments the luminous look of the skin.


For contouring/bronzing, I used Benefit’s Hoola bronzer with a #168 angled brush under the cheek bones, down the sides of the nose and around the forehead/hairline.

To blend that out I buffed on MAC’s Golden bronzer with a #129 brush all over the face. This added more warmth to the face and neck.

For blush I decided to use a neutral tone with some warmth and went with MAC’s Sweet Enough Mineralized blush on the base of a #168 brush.

Highlight Would this really be a 2018 makeup look without some form of highlighting on the skin? I think not.

For highlighter I used the Summer shade from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit. On a #135 brush, I focused the highlight overtop of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, on the tip of the nose, and just above the brows.


Oh this lip. I’ll be honest, this is where the Fall magic truly exists. Nothing screams “Fall” like a deep, rich lip colour.

To prep the lips I used MAC’s Prep+Prime lip primer. This product will help hydrate and smooth the lip while prolonging the wear of the lip products, a Fall/Winter essential for dry lips.

To line and fill in the lips I used MAC’s Nightmoth lip pencil. Overtop I used MAC’s Diva lipstick with a #316 lip brush to make sure I had a precise application.

To finish the look I used a small amount of MAC clear lipglass. This gloss gives a high shine to lips like nothing else. I once had a co-worker describe the finish as “melted ice”, how dreamy!

Fall Makeup Trend Look

So what do you think? Is this look too dramatic for personal wear? Love it? Hate it (omg please don’t)? Willing to try it? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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