5 of the Prettiest Makeup Trends For Fall 2011

Now that September is here, my job is to (gently) nudge you toward these looks.
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Now that September is here, my job is to (gently) nudge you toward these looks.
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Orange lipstick. Bronzey skin. Bright green eyeliner. We had a good run, summer makeup, but in approximately three weeks it will be time to officially retire you and move to on more autumnal offerings. (Well, only if you WANT to, that is. After all, I am the person who said there aren't really any more "colour rules" when it comes to makeup.)

Anyway, since it's the first weekend in September, I'm mentally making the shift towards all things fall-ish. Just like I want to run out and buy new school supplies (even though I have zero intention of ever returning to school), the season also has me yearning for a smokier eye... a darker lip... and maybe skin that holds on to luminizing products instead of sweating them right off. Don't those things sound nice?

So I say it's time for a refresher! We haven't talked about fall Fashion Week trends since March (!), so today I bring you five of the most real-life wearable trends that you'll want to hop on board with starting this month. Maybe even this weekend.

(My editor's picks vids will return—just figured you might be doing some fall shopping this weekend!)

1. EASE INTO FALL WITH A PINK (NOT FUCHSIA) LIP

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If you've been wearing fuchsia for a while—or you're not ready to go for a full-on bright lip—then I think this salmon pink (at Nina Ricci) is a lovely update. It's a bit less in-your-face than fuchsia, but a bit more grown-up... and I especially like it with the brown tones on the eyelids (more on that in a sec).

Prodz to try: Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Génial or Charme, CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Fairytale (reviewed here), Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in Paris Rose, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon

2. DO A RED LIP, YES, BUT MAKE IT A JUICY, ORANGEY-RED LIP

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Everyone wants red lipstick for fall. That's nevah gonna change. But this year, perhaps influenced by the big orange trend for spring, I feel like the best reds have a juicy, bright, orangey quality to them as well (that's Ralph Lauren above). A little bit more flattering than those dark burgundies, don't you think?

Prodz to try: Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Red Velvet, NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red

3. CHUNK UP YOUR LASHES

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Blame the Kardashians. Or the arrival of Latisse to Canada. Eyelashes are still very much a big deal, and this season the trend is to coat each individual hair with mascara for a chunky, spidery effect.

Prodz to try: Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara (reviewed here), Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum'Express Mascara (reviewed here)

4. REMEMBER THE EYESHADOW ALL-THE-WAY-UP-TO-THE-BROW LOOK?

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Well, I wouldn't have advised that for summer (Smudge City), but once the weather cools down, you have my full permission to try it! Stick with a reasonably pale colour, like a warm brownish tone, or go for something more sultry like the metallic above (at Chanel).

Prodz to try: Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Épatant (reviewed here), L'Oréal Paris La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadow in Flashback Silver (reviewed here), Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in Khaki Pulse (reviewed here)

5. GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR TRUSTY BLACK EYELINER

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There were a million ways to wear black eyeliner on the runways, so all I can advise is: DEWIT! The retro-style, upper lashline-only liner is always a classic, but we're also seeing more emphasis on the bottom lid (like the smudgy look above at Emilio Pucci), so get creative... if you dare.

Prodz to try: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink (reviewed here), Yves Rocher Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black (reviewed here)

Tell me:

Are you ready to switch over to fall makeup yet?
Which look are you most excited about busting out this season?
Have you made any new fall makeup purchases recently? Tell us about 'em!