The Biggest Beauty Trends To Know For Fall

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Even though the last day of summer isn't technically until September 22, we're already starting to feel the cozy embrace of fall. Our sweaters are whispering to us from the bins beneath our beds, Starbucks is already serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and we're itching to get manicures in Lincoln Park After Dark. The change of seasons also means changes to our beauty looks — because there’s a whole new crop of trends to test-drive, and we're not sitting them out.

To help get us focused, we tapped two of the pros who know beauty trends best: Shiseido artistic director Dick Page and hairstylist Orlando Pita. After all, they're the guys setting them backstage. Together, Page and Pita created four of-the-moment hair and makeup looks, modeled by cool girl Paloma Elsesser. Whether you’re a makeup minimalist or an all-bold-everything kind of girl, you’re bound to find something you love. Black ribbon, gilded eyelids, unexpected braids — these are the beauty looks to start practicing now. Click through for some serious inspiration.

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The Big Tease
Blowouts and beach waves are pretty, but fall calls for something with a bit more punch. Think: crimps, curls, and va-va-voom volume. Don't worry, we aren't asking you to re-create the style your mom wore back in '84, but this look has just enough of a throwback vibe to feel cool.

In fact, Pita even employed an old-school technique to pull off this textured style. First, he started by brushing through the model's hair with a Mason Pearson brush, which makes hair softer and fluffier. Then, he took a one-inch section of hair and a bobby pin he had spread open and weaved the hair between the prongs of the pin in a figure-8 pattern all the way down. (Keep the pin in place the whole time — about an inch or two from the roots.) When he got to the end of the strand, he secured the finished figure-8 twist with a second bobby pin (as you would a pin curl), and pressed it between a flat iron to set it. Pita continued the process around the entire head, let the hair cool for about 20 minutes, and then removed the pins.

Once all the hair was loose, he brushed out the twists, fluffing at the roots with his fingers as he went, and finished with a healthy mist of volume spray all over.

Topshop flannel; Alexander Wang cardigan.

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Since the hair was the big moment here, Page decided flushed skin would be the perfect match. "It's good-sex skin. It's that flush you'd get naturally anyway," he says. That doesn't mean you should always reach for a rosy-pink blush. On Paloma, he applied a ruddier shade from the apples of the cheeks outward.

Page then enhanced the dewy glow by adding just a touch of gloss on the lips, eyes, and down the nose. "You want the skin to look natural," Page says. "Find the shade that is natural for you when you get out of the sauna. Or have good sex." We say, why not do both?

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Tea Rose, $30, available at Shiseido.
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Top things off with a '90s-inspired outfit, and you're solid.

Vans Canvas Old Skool Sneakers, $55, available at Vans.
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Tied Up & Twisted
Braids are always a strong option — and in our opinion, more is more. These have attitude, and when paired with bold makeup, they'll make you feel like a serious badass.

Venessa Arizaga bracelet.

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Pita created six individual cornrows — four going down the back of the head, and one extending from each temple — but instead of braiding the hair all the way down to the ends, he tied it off at the base of the scalp for a cool finish. To keep the braids looking smooth and shiny, he worked in a gloss cream first.

Orlando Pita Play The Gloss Up Weightless Polishing Cream, $26, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Glitter was big on the fall runways — but not the chunky, stubborn kind you find stuck to your dress/hair/cat/floor weeks later. Instead, pros were reaching for finely milled shimmer, which was music to Page's ears. "I'm not a fan of glitter," he says. "This is much more sophisticated."

He mixed two shadows on his hand, then wiped them across the lids using his fingers for a pretty, bronze-gold finish. He paired the shadows with fresh skin and inky, black liner. "It's a more elegant look than your typical glitter shadow," Page says.

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Pretty In Punk
One of our favorite looks on the runways was also, perhaps, the simplest: a thin line of black that's edgy, but not too heavy for daytime. But there's a little more to it than just a flick of kohl.

Page used a black gel pencil to line Paloma's eyes, and made sure to hug the pigment as close to the lashline as possible. "You can smudge it a bit for a more lived-in look," he says. Then, he used a liner brush to add a touch of slate-gray shadow for more dimension and weight. Finally, to bring back some softness to the eyes, he swept a camel-beige shadow across the lid. "It just grounds the look a bit," Page says.

Topshop turtleneck; Venessa Arizaga earrings.

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Twists and knots were all the rage this season, but Pita wanted to translate the trend into an easy half-up style rather than an updo. He started by straightening Paloma's long hair, and misting it with his Full Extent Firm Hairspray.

Next, he divided the hair into three vertical sections. To create the fold, he pulled the left section over the center one and secured it into a ponytail. (Note: The center section doesn't go in the pony.) He repeated the step with the right section, then tucked it under the left section and secured with pins. Add a generous spritz of hairspray, and you're good to go.

Orlando Pita Play Full Extent Firm Hairspray, $28, available at Ulta Beauty.
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We love the idea of pairing the hair with sporty sneakers and a bomber, but it'd be super-romantic with a party dress, too.

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Victorian Gothic
Victorian beauty is having its moment, and we couldn't be more stoked about it. Black ribbons, wine-stained lips, and intricate updos are going to be your go-tos.

Robert Clergerie loafers; We Who Prey choker.

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We're calling it now — soon, you'll be seeing black ribbons everywhere. They're the Blair Waldorf headband of 2016. You can tie 'em in a knot, you can tie 'em in a bow...or you can tie 'em in a loop like Pita did.

He made a deep side-part, then weaved a waterfall braid from the front of the face at the hairline down and around to the nape of the neck, where he transitioned to a standard plait. Starting a few inches above the ends, Pita tied a black ribbon and worked it down the braid. When he got to the ends, he looped the ribbon to create a circle. "It's an interesting way to include a black ribbon into your hair that isn't a bow," he says.
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We know what you're thinking: Wine-red lips for fall aren't exactly groundbreaking. But this isn't your usual moody pout. Page created a subversive take on Popsicle-stained lips by dabbing a deep shade onto the center of Paloma's pout and letting the color bleed out to the edges.

"You want to use a pretty dense pigment to start," Page advises. He swiped on a rusty-red lipstick as a base, then tapped a dark-berry shade on the center of her lips with his finger. "Don't worry about blending it," he says. "It will do that on its own as the day goes on."

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