Color Play: 8 Next-Level Makeup Trends

Now that we're nearing November, chances are you've already swapped your coral lipstick for a burgundy hue. But this season, the beauty world is chock-full of unexpected makeup shades that go beyond your average autumnal maroon. From the palest-ever gray to in-your-face cobalt, there's a trendy shade for every lovely makeup novice or total beauty junkie.
So, what will it be? Purple lipstick? Lime-green eyeliner? Consider this our official dare for you to breathe new life into your makeup bag. They may be risky, but we have a feeling that the payoff from these powerhouse primpers will be more than worth it!

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Acid Rain

Are you ready to stand out — really stand out? Then take crazy-cool chartreuse for a spin. On your tips (or even as a thin line along your lower lashline) the shade screams '80s edge, in a good way.



Formula X for Sephora Brilliants Nail Lacquer in Light Me Up Edison, $12.50, available at Sephora.
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Jane Cosmetics Water Resistant Eye Liner in Lime Green, $6, available at Jane Cosmetics.
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Butter London Nail Lacquer in Squatter, $15, available at Butter London.
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Burnished Nude

We don't know if you've heard, but brown lipstick has officially made a comeback. Try a light mocha-pink stain for a wearable take on a trend that won't make you feel like an extra on Ally McBeal (just kidding, that would be awesome).

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Naughty Mauve, $34, available at Sephora.
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Cargo Essential Lip Color in Santa Fe, $22, available at Macy's.
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Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Frisky Business, $19, available at Sephora.
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Galaxy Black

Black makeup has gone from rebel-girl chic to working-girl essential. The latest take on noir to look for? Products that mix a bit of colored reflectors in with the inky pigments — this creates a softer take on all that drama.

TenOverTen Nail Polish in Reade, $18, available at Sephora.
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MAC Eyeshadow in Deep Cravings, $15, available at Bloomingdale's.
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Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Lip Vinyl in Dubstep Remix, $23, available at Sephora.
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Matte Cobalt

It's no secret that cobalt blue is all the rage this season — so, we suggest you take this powerhouse shade one step further and wear it crazy-bright, super-pigmented, and totally matte. Sound like a plan?

Make Up For Ever Pure Pigments in No. 16, $20, available at Sephora.
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Sisley Paris So Intense Mascara in Deep Blue, $66, available at Nordstrom.
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Sephora Collection Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner in Fancy Blue, $12, available at Sephora.
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Modern Ballet

Elle Woods was right: There is just no replacing pink on the color wheel, and for good reason. The rosy shade is almost always flattering, and always appropriate. The latest way to wear it is as a faded, dusty, ever-so-faintly shimmery wash around the eyes — bonus points for applying it along the lower lashline for an extra hit of gleam.

Tom Ford Ombre Eye Color in In the Pink, $60, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimere, $30, available at Nordstrom.
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CK One Color Powder Eyeshadow in Ambitious, $15, available at Ulta.
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Neon Red

The drop in mercury levels almost always coincides with a craving for red hues — especially on lips and nails (and never underestimate the power of a good red blush!). This season, we're reaching for a pumped-up version of our favorite cherry shades, for a look that's more edgy-Gwen than classic-Marilyn.



Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Lola, $18, available at Sephora.
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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Neon Red, $5.59, available at Target.
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Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in Mandarine Boléro, $36, available at Sephora.
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Palest Gray

Okay, excuse us for getting all flowery for a minute, but we love any makeup that reminds us of hazy gray skies on a stormy weekend day. (But, seriously, isn't that what this steely shadow reminds you of?) Dust a pale gray around your eyes, or sport an opaque hue on short nails, for a nonchalantly cool-girl vibe.

NARS Single Eyeshadow in Namibia, $24, available at Nordstrom.
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Tarte SmolderEyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Smoke, $22, available at Sephora.
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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Gryphon, $10, available at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.
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Power Violet

Like a good square of chocolate, sometimes a girl just needs some purple in her life — whether on lids, nails, or on lips, this color is back like never before (and it's almost guaranteed to boost your mood).

Clinique All About Shadow in Purple Pumps, $15, available at Bloomingdale's.
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Guerlain Le Top Coat in Ultra Violet, $23, available at Nordstrom.
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Lancôme Rouge In Love Lipcolor in Violette Coquette, $26, available at Lancôme.
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