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
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 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 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 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:
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rouge Berry, a blackened berry
- Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Blackmail, a deep berry wine
- Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Poison Matte, a deep aubergine
2. GLITTER EYESHADOW
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 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 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 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:
- Make Up For Ever Glitters in Sand 11, a tan
- Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Silver Lilac, an opal pink lavender
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Glitter in Slate, a silvery grey
3. SMUDGY BLACK LINER
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 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 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.