The 7 New Makeup Trends You Need To Know About This Fall

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As seen on the runway and the red carpet.

So it's almost time to put away our flip-flops, shorts and sundresses. Oh summer 2016, you were way too short! 

But let's look on the positive side. With fall's imminent arrival comes some fresh new looks to try—so if you're wondering how to update your makeup bag for the season, I've got you covered. 

As you know, these trends usually start on the runway, but I've also spotted them on a few of my favourite famous faces, who are already wearing them on the red carpet. I've included both in this guide (because we all know celebs are just a little more relatable than flawless 15-year-old models!). 

Here's the lowdown on all the new makeup looks worth knowing, from Gothic lips to glitter shadow: 

1. Dark Vampy Lips 

Christian Dior fall 2016 makeup

The makeup look at Christian Dior for fall 2016.

The biggest, most important makeup trend for fall is dark lips. VERY dark lips. Sure, we've seen oxbloods and berries before, but this year, the colours are much more blackened, and almost purplish instead of reddish. The finish is creamy, neither glossy nor matte.

The first celeb who comes to mind when I think of this trend is Lily Collins. She's been doing the Goth lipstick thing for quite some time:

Lily Collins, CAA Young Hollywood Party, 2015 (close-up)

Lily Collins at the 2015 CAA Young Hollywood Party.

Notice how she isn't wearing much blush, which is key when your mouth is this dramatic. Dark brows balance out the lips, and all that's needed on the eyes are long lashes. Liner optional.

Lucy Hale also wears this look really well:

Lucy Hale, MuchMusic Video Awards, 2016 (close-up)

Lucy Hale at the 2016 MuchMusic Video Music Awards.

This is the same formula as Lily: precise lips, big dark brows, barely-there blush and long lashes. I love how her flat-ironed hair adds polish.

Then there's Rihanna:

Rihanna, Home premiere, 2015 (close-up)

Rihanna at the 2015 premiere of 'Home.' (Photo: PR Photos)

Her lipstick shape is so perfect, I could stare at it all day! She compliments the deep grape colour with a warm brown shadow and black liquid liner. This would be gorgeous for evening.

A few of the best dark lipsticks to try:

2. Glitter Eyeshadow

Burberry fall 2016 makeup

The makeup look at Burberry for fall 2016.

The second biggest trend—and by far the most surprising one!—is glitter. Yes, for grown-ups. The runway version is definitely exaggerated: designers dusted it all over the lids, cheeks and even brows. But for real life, it can translate into a super-pretty nighttime eyeshadow look that's so much more interesting than matte smokies.

Well, first I'll show you how Elle Fanning wears it:

Elle Fanning, Saint Laurent show, 2016 (close-up)

Elle Fanning at a 2016 Saint Laurent show.

Okay, most of us probably won't want to go this far—she stays very true to the catwalk interpretation, placing the glitter in a messy way all the way around her eyes. This is one of my favourite creative makeup looks of 2016!

Kendall Jenner has a much more restrained version:

Kendall Jenner, Modern Muse Le Rouge perfume launch, 2015 (close-up)

Kendall Jenner at the 2015 launch of Modern Muse Le Rouge.

See, it's just a light sprinkling of gold glitter at the inner corners of the eyes. So pretty with long lashes, peach lip gloss and matching eyeshadow. Love this!

If you're feeling a little more adventurous, try what Rose Byrne is doing:

Rose Byrne, I Give it a Year New York screening, 2013 (close-up)

Rose Byrne at the 2013 New York screening of 'I Give it a Year'.

She went for an iridescent lilac glitter and applied it in a more concentrated way all around the inner corners of her eyes. It's unexpected but still extremely wearable, with soft peach lips and cheeks. 

A few of the best glitter shadows to try:

3. Smudgy Black Liner

Nicole Miller fall 2016 makeup

The makeup look at Nicole Miller for fall 2016.

If you're going to wear eyeliner this fall, make it a black one. Designers showed it both graphic and smudgy, so there wasn't one specific application technique. Personally, I think smudging is far easier and more wearable. Just grab your smudger brush (such as Make Up For Ever's) and you're good to go.

Here's how Margot Robbie wears this trend:

Margot Robbie, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot premiere, 2016 (close-up)

Margot Robbie at the 2016 premiere of 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.'

As you can see, she concentrated the black liner underneath her eyes for almost a reverse smoky eye effect. Lashes are natural, and lips and cheeks are soft and pinky, so the focus stays on her gaze.

Priyanka Chopra did a very glam version:

Priyanka Chopra, People's Choice Awards, 2016 (close-up)

Priyanka Chopra at the 2016 People's Choice Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

Let's ignore the lashes (they're a bit much!) and instead focus on her black liner, all the way around in her waterlines. It's smudged out to create a smoky effect—this always looks impressive, but is actually a super-easy technique.

If you like things a bit more precise, here's Hailee Steinfeld: 

Hailee Steinfeld, STX Entertainment CinemaCon presentation, 2016 (close-up)

Hailee Steinfeld at CinemaCon 2016.

Her liner goes along the upper lash lines, and just a third of the way in on the lower lids. Again, it's all nicely blended, but not as sooty or "rock 'n' roll" as the others. I love how this looks with pretty pink lips and cheeks.

A few of the best black liners to try:

4. Brights

Anya Hindmarch fall 2016 makeup

The makeup look at Anya Hindmarch for fall 2016.

Traditionally, bright makeup has been a summer thing. But now, it's more than okay to wear it all fall. It doesn't matter where you place your pops of colour—eyes or lips—nor which shade you choose. From blues to oranges to magentas, anything goes!

Here's your most low-risk option, on Holland Roden:

Holland Roden, London Has Fallen premiere, 2016 (close-up)

Holland Roden at the 2016 premiere of 'London Has Fallen.'

She's wearing a vivid orangey-red lipstick with barely any other makeup—just lashes, soft brows and a nude blush. Getting in on the bright colour trend couldn't be easier.

Or, you could do liner. One of the best examples I've EVER seen is this blue on Jessica Biel:

Jessica Biel, Independent Spirit Awards 2016 (close-up)

Jessica Biel at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards.

Is this not amazing?! It's all about the electric shock of colour, which is actually framed by a black liner closer to her lashes. (That's a good little trick to "ground" the bright blue.) Everything else is soft and fresh. 

Another idea is Emma Stone's liner look:

Emma Stone, Irrational Man premiere, 2016 (close-up)

Emma Stone at the 2016 premiere of 'Irrational Man.' (Photo: PR Photos)

It's just a flirty "V" of teal liner at the outer corners of her eyes. With this one, you can get away with a slightly more intense lip colour.

A few of the best brights to try:

5. Twiggy Lashes

Nina Ricci fall 2016 makeup

The makeup look at Nina Ricci for fall 2016.

This fall's lash look is all about super-defined, borderline chunky eyelashes. As someone who loathes most false lashes, I'd be so happy to see this take off! Compared to past seasons, one major point of difference is that the bottom lashes are just as important as the top ones—think Twiggy eyes.

Here's Paula Patton showing us how it's done:

Paula Patton, The Perfect Match premiere, 2016 (close-up)

Paula Patton at the 2016 premiere of 'The Perfect Match.'

I'm not crazy about the white liner along her lower rims, but the rest, I love. Every single lash hair is coated in product to make her eyes pop.

Keri Russell also did chunky lashes with beautiful results:

Keri Russell, The Americans Season 4 premiere, 2016 (close-up)

Keri Russell at the 2016 Season 4 premiere of 'The Americans.'

There are multiple coats on both the top and bottom lashes to produce a thick, doll-like fringe. Who needs false lashes, huh?

But if you prefer a softer look, try what Phoebe Tonkin is doing:

Phoebe Tonkin, Australians in Film Gala 2015.jpg

Phoebe Tonkin at the 2016 Australians in Film Gala.

She's got these big Bambi lashes going on—so pretty! The lower lashes are well defined but not clumpy, and pair perfectly with her rosy lips and cheeks.

A few of the best new mascaras to try: 

6. Glowy Skin

Valentino fall 2016 makeup

The makeup look at Valentino for fall 2016.

After a few seasons of extreme contouring and extreme strobing, we're back to skin that looks more like skin. (Thank goodness!) Your complexion goals for this fall should be a slightly dewy texture with soft flushed cheeks, and subtle, non-shimmery highlights.

Nobody does it better than Lupita Nyong'o:

Lupita Nyong'o, Marie Claire Image Maker Awards 2016 (close-up)

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2016 Marie Claire Image Maker Awards.

The way the light reflects off her skin—especially her cheek—is beyond gorgeous. Notice the lack of detectable contour. It's really just the blush and the slightly iridescent luminizer.

I also love this look on Karlie Kloss:

Karlie Kloss, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016 (close-up)

Karlie Kloss at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

This is go-anywhere makeup. Everything is super-fresh, but that little shine on her cheek takes it to the next level. 

Brie Larson is another example:

Brie Larson, Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon, 2016 (close-up)

Brie Larson at the 2016 Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon.

Once again, the light reflects off the cheeks—never underestimate the power of illuminator! The rest of her makeup is peach perfection, with a little graphic black liner to bring out her eyes. 

A few of the best highlighters to try:

7. Natural Brows

DKNY fall 2016 makeup

The makeup look at DKNY for fall 2016.

The last trend you need to know pertains to eyebrows. While big brows are still "in," exaggerated arches are over—so no more filling them in with extra-dark pencil and over-drawing the shape. The message for fall is to simply embrace what you have naturally, without doing too much shaping or filling at all.

Alexa Chung has one of the best pairs of brows in the biz:

Alexa Chung, CFDA Fashion Awards 2016 (close-up)

Alexa Chung at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards.

She has a naturally feathery shape, so the only grooming required is just brushing them up with a bit of gel for hold.

Jamie Chung has recently let her brows grow in:

Jamie Chung, Olevolos Project brunch, 2015 (close-up)

Jamie Chung at the 2015 Olevolos Project brunch.

Hers are naturally bushy, and all she added was a light shade of brow powder to emphasize the shape. They're still very soft.

If you don't have full brows, not to worry. Check out Rosie Huntington-Whiteley:

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles 2015 (close-up)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2015 amfAR Inspiration Gala.

Even though her brows aren't super-thick, they have this lovely soft and natural effect, thanks to the brushed-up fans. They're not over-trimmed.

A few of the best brow products to try:

Conclusion

Now you're all up to date on the makeup of the season! I'm looking forward to trying out a darker lip—well, maybe just for evening—and my inner five-year-old cannot wait to bust out the glitter. I'm also thrilled to see the end of contouring and heavy, drawn-on brows. Let's hope these trends catch on real soon! Tell me:

Which fall 2016 makeup trend is your favourite?
Have you tried any of these looks yet?