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7 Beauty Trends Set to Be Huge This Fall

Ella Richards for Vogue Arabia July/August 2021. Photo: Sylwia Szyplik

As the temperature drops and we move into back-to-school mode, thoughts inevitably turn to our hair, make-up and wardrobe. How do we want to look for the new season? Here to help in one of those areas is British make-up artist and director of make-up artistry for MAC cosmetics, Terry Barber, who has picked his top beauty trends to try for fall 2021.

MAC Eyeshadow – Stars N’ Rockets

1. Color blocking

“At the moment, everyone is obsessed with color, even though we’re going into autumn. The best way to wear a bright is to completely un-complicate it with a big block of color all over the lid, even taking it up a bit to the brow. I’m really loving lilacs, purples, and teals. And then I’d add a lot of mascara – even a fake lash for that ’60s feel.”

MAC Lipglass – Clear

2. Glossy disco lips

“There’s a bit of a lip gloss trend at the moment. It’s a disco update. Lots of balmy colors and plump textures. You also can’t go wrong with a glossy red – it’s straight out Studio 54. Wear that with a midnight-blue eye. It’s strong, powerful, and sexy. Very Helmut Newton.”

MAC Strobe Cream

3. Sport-luxe skin

“I think skin should be very simple. Keep it velvet and matte but with very little coverage. I’m into this trend of sport-luxe skin. Moving away from the sort of selfie highlighter, it’s an all-over moisturized shine, like a post-gym, post-facial glow. Very healthy. Avoid layers of highlighter and strong coverage. Instead, you have to be scientific with your mixing, putting a dot of glow primer or strobe cream into your foundation to personalize your perfect skin texture.”

Mac Small Eye Shadow – Tilt

4. Frosted eyes

“I’m loving the idea of crystal colors for the eyes. It feels very ’60s and ’70s. An icy blue, frosty white, or pale mint lid, which you wear with a flick liner, California-girl bronze skin, and a freckly nose. I think it’s super chic.”

MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner

5. Blurred lines

“Let’s face it, the feline flick is an absolute classic and is always going to be gorgeous, but I’m feeling a return to grunge eyeliner, more unfinished. A smudged lid pulled out a bit longer with the finger, a hard-line underneath the eye or in the waterline. It’s more rock and roll and effortless. Think Kate Moss. It’s about being cool as opposed to being perfect.”

MAC Powder Blush – Pink Swoon

6. Healthy blush

Blush is having a big moment. I think blush has become more important than contour. It’s this idea of health and freshness. I like it when it looks a bit outdoorsy when it’s higher up the cheeks and a little bit more to the front. And then I like to sweep whatever’s left on the brush down the bridge of the nose. I also love these blush tones on the eyes and lips. You’re transforming your face but you don’t see a lot of products or lines or contours. It’s a less structured look.”

MAC Lip Pencil – Spice

7. Street chic

“Putting a darker lip liner around a lighter color is basically Marmite. Controversially, I love it. It’s very ’90s. Especially in the ’90s hues: chocolate browns and then beiges in the middle. I think it makes it a little bit more street chic. It harks back to early hip hop. It feels defiant almost. And the fact that it divides people makes it more appealing. To get that ’90s feel I would go for the monochrome look and wear it with a brown eye, too, with some oil or a gloss over it and a bit of beige on the cheeks. Very Naomi Campbell.”

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