9 Fall Beauty Trends We Can't Stop Obsessing About

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First things first: The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of sunglasses. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays, so actually, the coming winter months are the perfect time to start scouting for a new pair. (Not to mention, they're really cute.) This is also a good moment to begin workshopping your fall-to-winter beauty look, especially as we careen headfirst toward holiday-party madness: Velvety lips, deep green nails, and bright cheeks are just a few trends that should be at the top of your must-try list.

We asked some of our favorite beauty experts — hairstylist Eloise Cheung, makeup artist Kim Bower, and manicurist Fleury Rose — to create five high-impact, rule-breaking winter looks that could not be easier to re-create at home. (We know we always say that, but really, it’s true!) And we paired 'em with a slew of sunglasses from Chanel, in celebration of the brand’s new e-commerce site. Ahead, nine of the season’s coolest — and most wearable — beauty trends, with tips on how to master them yourself.
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Bright Cheeks & Nude Lips
The key to getting this just-came-in-from-the-cold glow? “Blending and layering,” says Bower. She uses a combination of cream or gel blushes topped with a powder formula. (She likes Tarte Cheek Stains and Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colours.) She always applies them with a fluffy, tapered brush and a damp Beautyblender, to get what she calls a “sweet flush.”

Michael Kors dress.

Chanel Cat Eye Pearl Sunglasses, $1,000, available at Chanel; Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Rose Petal, $26, available at Sephora; Beautyblender The Original Beautyblender, $20, available at Sephora.
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“I always use a damp Beautyblender to bounce over the top of my blush as I layer on two or three sheer coats of color,” Bower says. Best of all, if you overdo it with the blush, you can use the sponge to tone it down, too. Once she's reached her desired intensity, she finishes with a light dusting of powder.

With cheeks being the focus of your look, you can go super-easy on the rest of your makeup — just add a nude or neutral lip color of your choice, and you’re good to go.
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Velvet Lips & Accented, Nude Nails
This is one of those makeup techniques that looks fancier than it is, and it only requires two products. Win-win! The only thing you need to be mindful of: “Make sure your lips are prepped correctly,” Bower stresses. If they’re even the slightest bit flaky, the effect will be ruined. To prep, she recommends buffing your lips gently with a toothbrush and then slathering on some lip balm, like Clarins HydraQuench. (Use a tissue to absorb any leftover balm.) Next, fill in your lips using your matte lipstick of choice, followed by a matching pencil, which will also keep the edges from feathering.

To get this intensely deep effect, Bower likes using jewel-toned lipsticks. “Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, and NARS all have my favorite color ranges and shades that come off rich and velvety-moist, instead of just flat,” she says.

Chanel Square Pearl Sunglasses, $620, available at Chanel; Valentino Striped Midi Dress, $4,990, available at Farfetch; Mikimoto Akoya Pearl Stud Earrings, $460, available at Nordstrom; Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, $24, available at Clarins; Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry, $32, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
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Nail decals are fun and all — until you look down mid-appetizer and realize one of yours has gone missing. To prevent them from ending up in your host’s spinach dip, Rose says you have to seal them properly. Start with two coats of a nude or neutral polish of your choice. (Rose likes Dermelect Debonnaire.) After it dries, use a brush-on resin or nail glue to apply a thin coat to the area where you want to apply your metallic accents. “Work one nail at a time,” she says. Take an orange-wood stick, brush it with resin or glue, and use it to pick up your accents, placing them vertically on the nail. Lastly, seal the heck out of them with a hardcore topcoat; Rose recommends Seche Vite. Done and done.
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Green, Winged Eyeshadow & Green Nails
“Green eyeshadow is such a hot thing right now, and so is a winged eye. I chose both for this look,” says Bower. This more-is-more effect requires a damp, firm, angled brush to get that rich, pigment-y finish, and a green shadow/liner that works with your skin tone. (Bower used NARS Night Porter.) To kick it up to party levels of cool, she also worked in a pop of gold, and went hard on the lashes. “For night, always go heavier with a lash. Here, I used three coats of Dior Iconic Overcurl and some medium Ardell single lashes,” she says. After the last coat, she pinched together the lashes into clumpy points to keep things extra interesting.

Chanel dress.

Chanel Square Chain Sunglasses, $460, available at Chanel; NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Porter, $25, available at Sephora; Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, $28.50, available at Dior.
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Matching your manicure to your eye makeup? We’re here for it. Especially in a deep, cozy green like this. (Rose loves Illamasqua Rampage.) “I think a really nice forest or hunter green looks good on just about everyone,” says Rose. To keep the polish as opaque as possible, she wants you to go to a dark place: "I like to first paint on a layer of black, and then paint the green over it to get a really deep, gothic color," she says.
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A Faux-Bob Ponytail
For a non-basic take on a basic ponytail, keep it on the low. The placement, that is. (This style works better on shoulder-length or longer hair; those with shorter hair can look here for similar-style inspiration.) Cheung started by rough-drying the hair and adding extra grip by blasting it with John Masters Organics Scalp Volumizer. Part your hair down the middle, take a large curling iron (Cheung used a 1.75-inch barrel), and start curling in 1.5-inch sections, securing each with a clip.

When you’re done, and the hair has cooled, take out the pins, flip it over, and start backcombing. The goal? Major volume. Flip back over, smooth it down (you want lift at the roots — not a halo of frizz), and spray on your light hairspray of choice, like Aveda Air Control. Then, the fun part: Gather the volumized hair into a loose, low ponytail to create the faux-bob shape.

Maiyet dress.

Chanel Rectangle Signature Sunglasses, $375, available at Chanel; John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer, $23, available at Ulta; Aveda Air Control Hair Spray, $28, available at Aveda.
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“You can style the hair in front or behind the ears,” Cheung says. Once you're happy with the shape, use an elastic to secure everything and hit it with a little more hairspray. “Let the ponytail trail down your back or tuck it easily into your collar, depending on what you are wearing,” she says.
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Shiny, Angular Liner & Bold Lips
If you know one thing about us, you know that we don’t care about beauty rules. Neither does Bower: “You can do a bold eye and bold lip,” she says. The important thing is choosing the right color combo and keeping the application as clean and precise as possible.

Creatures of the Wind, both tops.

Chanel Oval Quilting Sunglasses, $400, available at Chanel; Tom Ford Lip Color In Crimson Noir, $52, available at Tom Ford.
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To get the perfect wing, Bower used Bobbi Brown’s eyeliner brush, which is full-bristled, but stiff. The black, shiny wing is Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow. “It stays crisp all night,” she says.
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