15 Beauty Trends That Have Us Psyched For Fall

Fashion Week has always been a breeding ground for cool new beauty looks, but this season felt especially fresh and daring. The backstage pros took more risks with hair, nails, and makeup, resulting in some pretty rad, fresh trends. It was hard to narrow down our favorites amidst all that amazing, but these 15 looks were the ones that really stuck with us. From glossy eyes to frothy hair (plus the next big thing in nail art), you won’t be able to wait until fall to try out these trends!
Do you think these trends are worth trying, or better left on the runway?
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Extreme Texture
We like sexily disheveled strands as much as the next girl, but fall's version of textured tresses takes things up a notch. At Rag & Bone, Redken creative consultant Guido drenched models' hair in mousse, then let it air dry to create natural waves. We also saw variations of this look at Pamela Love and Cushnie et Ochs. Make the trend more wearable by dialing back on the amount of product you use — this will help you avoid the dreaded "crunchy hair."

Photo: Courtesy of Redken
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Brow Wow
Thick, bold brows aren't going anywhere — the majority of the shows we went to chose to enhance the brow for a groomed look, or thicken it for a more dramatic effect. At Vera Wang, Clé de Peau Beauté makeup creative director Lucia Pieroni made the eyebrow the focal point by extending the brow out to the temple, following the natural direction of the hair.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Cocoa Craze
Better bust out that Teddy pencil: Dark brown eyes are going to be huge in 2012. Many shows chose to create a nude, no makeup look for fall, but for those that wanted to take neutral to the next level, chocolate was the obvious choice. At Joy Cioci, NARS international lead makeup stylist Uzo created a rich smoky eye by layering five different hues of brown and rimming eyes with a hazed-out black liner. The end result was sexy, without being too intense.

Photo: Courtesy of NARS
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Fluffy Strands
Super-puffed, airy texture was a nice contrast to some of the heavier styles backstage. At Nanette Lepore, hair was pulled into a ponytail and then backcombed to create tons of volume and texture, while the front was left sleek and shiny in contrast. The updos at Preen, Badgley Mischka, and Derek Lam all sported some variation on the wind-swept look, while Paul Hanlon, working with Frédéric Fekkai, described the look at Vera Wang as "billowy" and like "candy floss." At L.A.M.B., Danilo used a technique called "French-lacing" to add volume to hair — using a comb he "aerated" the hair by peeling each section apart, layer by layer. This built volume in a less-damaging way than traditional backcombing.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Bold Lips, Naked Face
While the majority of the looks backstage focused on the eyes, there were some bold lips to be seen. At Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shiseido artistic director Dick Page created a classic red lip, then accentuated it with velvety skin and a faint "halo" of neutral shadow around the eyes. At Narciso Rodriguez, Page chose to keep models eyes completely bare, turning the emphasis solely on the lips. "Sometimes what you leave off is just as important as what you put on," he said, in his typical Zen master way. By leaving eyes bare, the lips were able to be the complete focus of the face, making the look even more powerful.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Grown-Up Nail Art
While nail art was still very present at Fashion Week, we noticed that the designs seemed to be getting a bit more mature and minimalist. We also saw luxury brands like Thakoon, Badgley Mischka, Donna Karan, and Kate Spade embrace nail art in a refined way. "The luxury woman is playing in the nail art space," said Deborah Lippmann. "Color is super-important this season to luxury brands. It used to be 'what shade of sheer pink do I want,' but now that woman of wealth is interested in nail art, but finding a high-end way to do that." That means more simplistic designs like polka dots, or french manicures in contrasting shades. "Women of all ages want to be included on this trend," said Lippmann.

Photo: Amelia Alpaugh
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Warrior Woman
The watchwords we heard over and over backstage to describe fall beauty were "warrior" and "tough." What did that translate to for beauty? At Jason Wu, that meant super-sleek ponytails and a graphic, emerald eye inspired by the Chinese army. At other shows there were contoured cheeks, defined brows, and severe hairstyles meant to emphasize the power and toughness of a woman with a mind of her own.

Photo: Nina Westervelt/MCV Photo
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Statement Accessories
While we've slowly been seeing a resurgence of hair accessories on the runway over these past few years, this season they took center stage at shows like Rodarte, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta, where models paired their soft, puffy hairstyles with ornate clips and thick headbands.

Photo: Nina Westervelt/MCV Photo
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Spaced-Out Liner
For as long as we can remember, makeup artists have been preaching to us about the importance of pushing your liner into the lash line to ensure there are no spaces between the color and your lashes. Well, this season they're singing a new tune, as many of them created an intentional gapped liner look. At Jen Kao, the face was left bare, save for two thin strips of liner, one right at the lash line, and one slightly above it. We also saw this, spaced-out, double liner look done to varying degrees at Altuzarra, BCBG, and L.A.M.B. The trend has a slight '60s feel to it, but the distortion makes it feel modern and fresh.

Photo: Ashley Jahncke
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Straight And Narrow Hair
Super-straight, sleek hair was rampant backstage, with variations of the look being seen everywhere from Victoria Beckham to DKNY. At Betsey Johnson, Aveda's Jon Reyman created a straight style referential of the '60s. He kept the look simple, so it didn't feel too retro, and parted model's hair down the center to really accentuate the sleekness of the look. While the look is polished, the key is not to make it too perfect — there should be a bit of natural texture on the ends and some swingy movement to the hairstyle, otherwise it becomes too proper.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Glossy Stares
While past seasons have seen makeup artists playing with texture by using matte and shimmer finishes, this season we saw the advent of the "moist eye." At shows like Cushnie et Ochs and Peter Som, lipgloss was applied over top of shadows to give eyes a lacquered finish. We particularly liked the wet look at Cushnie, where MAC's Charlotte Tilbury made the chocolate eye look even dewier by applying silver pigment in the inner corner of the eye and under the lash line. To get a similar, less extreme look at home, try layering cream shadows.

Photo: Courtesy of MAC
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Love the look of bangs but not ready to commit to making the cut? There were a wealth of faux-bang options backstage that helped fake the look of everything from a long, side-swept fringe to the questionable baby bangs. We loved the sweeping bangs at BCBG and Derek Lam, but it was this hairstyle from Thakoon that really caught our eye. Working with Kérastase, Odile Gilbert created a gorgeous updo and left the ends loose, combing them forward on the head to create a short, spiky fringe. We can't say we've seen this before and we're kind of obsessed with it. No, it's not for everyone, but on the right girl, this could look insanely cool.

Photo: Amelia Alpaugh
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Lipstick Eyes
Another spin on the glossy eye concept was using lipsticks and glosses as shadows. At Donna Karan, Tilbury blended a red and brown lipstick on the lid to create a "chocolate-cherry eye." The effect was of a proper lady, but with something slightly off. It's glamorous, but unexpected, and yes, not easy to pull off. As much as we like the look, we can't say we recommend putting lipstick or liner near your eye — not only is it not completely safe, it's not very realistic because the colors will keep creasing and sliding off. Instead, try using red or pink cream shadows to get that similar effect.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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Reverse Ombré
Thought ombré was long gone? Not quite: At Jen Kao, models rocked a reverse ombré, sporting black tips with lighter all-over color. We're kind of into this concept — it's not as blatant as traditional ombré, but still creates a unique, dip-dyed look we love.

Photo: Ashley Jahncke
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Messy Makeup
Gone are the days of perfectly-applied makeup — shaky, messy, distorted looks are in. From smudges and scratchy-looking liner at Narciso Rodriguez, to Marc Jacobs's smudgy under-eye — the message we got was that you don't need a steady hand to look amazing. Hey, we're all for any trend that indulges our laziness!

Photo: Photo: Nina Westervelt/MCV Photo