August 15, 2014
Sometimes the best beauty trends come in pairs. For example, the cat-eye and a matte red lip, or a nude pout and a smoky eye.
There's no explanation, but for some reason, two looks often go far better together than they do alone. Maybe it has something to do with balance. Each trend complements the other, making your complexion look positively stunning.
So the question is, which two looks do you need to master for fall? Now that summer is steadily drawing to a close, we're ditching the pastels, shimmery pale shadows and playful coral lip-glosses for a decidedly more dramatic effect. In the beauty realm, autumn usually translates to richer, bolder shades, which is why you'll no doubt be excited about this season's trendiest look: brushed up brows and a stained lip.
Feminine yet fierce, this combo is every bit edgy as it is elegant. Plus, it pairs just as perfectly with equestrian riding boots and dark jeans as it does with a lace dress and a black moto jacket.
Here's how to get your new go-to look.
The bold brow has been big for quite some time now. However, this season's version has a distinctly polished yet effortless effect that takes some work to achieve.
First of all, it's important to stay on top of basic maintenance so your brows don't get out of hand. That means plucking stray hairs and trimming every once in a while. Beauty High recommended reaching for a brow brush each morning. Combing up the hairs in upward strokes will give you that nonchalant vibe - like you just rolled out of bed looking flawless. Then you may need to add some definition to make your brows stand out. The three pigments in the Colorescience Brow Palette can be blended together for the perfect matching shade, and will make the shape stand out.
Since basically no one's brows entirely behave, though, Beauty High suggested using a clear brow gel. Simply brush the solution over the hairs to make sure they stay in place.
Now it's time to find a matte stain in a hue that complements your skin tone. Fair-skinned ladies might opt for a deep dusty rose, while golden or olive complexions would look stunning in a brick orange-tinted red. Those with darker skin can try a rich cranberry or blackberry.
To prep and polish your lips for the stain, though, you should make sure to exfoliate. A matte stain will only draw attention to flakes or cracks, so it's crucial to make sure your pout is in tip-top condition. Apply the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub on a weekly basis - the sugar granules, almond and walnut shell fragments buff away dead skin, while the vitamins A, C and E nourish your lips. Meanwhile, the jojoba seed and olive oils, as well as shea and cocoa butters impart intense moisture, which is key when using a stain as they can be ultra drying.