The Season’s Best Makeup Colors


Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin scrub pedicures—the season of gourds is upon us in all its guts and glory. Inspired by the rich autumnal fall palette, we rounded up our favorite shades for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails, plus some complementary extras for each. Want more ideas? Check out Shae E. and Lowran M.’s tutorials, both perfect for the season.

Cheeks Pumpkin and Poppy Incognito Vegan Cream Blush

Red Orange Matte | $9.75

Pumpkin and Poppy, an independent vegan and cruelty-free brand based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a standout among Etsy beauty shops. In particular, we like this rice-powder infused cream blush—the color is based on the bold red-orange coat Audrey Hepburn sports in Breakfast at Tiffany's. (The colorized version, that is.) A light sweep across the cheekbones brightens the face right up. For a brighter glow and extra color oomph, layer Benefit Fine-One-One, a three-in-one color stick, over the top. Glide it from the apple of the cheek to the temple and blend upward with your fingers. (You can use both products on your lips, too.)

Lips MAC Lipstick

Morange | $15

Don’t be fooled by the vibrant orange color; this lipstick is incredibly versatile. Sure, it may be bold, but we love the idea of wearing it regularly with minimal color on the face and eyes, and then using it to your advantage for day-to-night looks. By day, try it on its own, and then after work, change it up a little is by adding shine and extra color with a coat of Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Lucy.

Nails RGB Nail Polish

Copper | $18 | shop the product

This bold nutmeg shade stands out on its own as a warm, autumnal polish, but it also works as a versatile base for a blingier mani. We especially like the idea of adding flecks of orange and black glitter as a top layer with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Extreme Wear Nail Color in Pumpkin Spice. Whether you do glitter on the tips only, one accent nail, or go with full-on sparkle on all of your nails, this combo is bound to get you in the mood for fall!

Eyes Stila Stay All Day 3D Wet-to-Set Eyeshadow Trio

Daybreak | $24

Stila’s rich harvest-inspired eye compact comes with three shades and is completely customizable when you apply it wet. Use a good blending brush, mix in a drop of water, and swirl together until you get a creamy consistency. Then sweep the color on your lids and repeat! You can layer the same color over and over, or work with different shadows from the compact, layering until you get the desired 3D-like effect. While you can also use these shadows as a liner (just switch to a liner brush), we like them paired with LORAC Pro Metallic Cream Eyeliner in Copper on the upper lids. The metallic touch just makes the eyes pop more!

What are your favorite colors for fall? Tell us below!

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