Doesn't it seem like every fall the trends are the same? A "return to ladylike elegance", darker/red lips and nails, more coverage with your foundation... many of those things are no brainers. They just go with fall much more than unstructured beachy waves and hot pink nail polish.
This year there are a few additions/variations to the typical fall trends. The first is the addition of dark lips. Rather than just the classic red lip (though that's there too this fall), this summer we suddenly saw dark, deep vampy lips pop up at the Met Ball. And it's still here. Eyes definitely are brown this season, though that should obviously be varied a bit depending on what else you have going on. I also love the flushed, pretty cheeks that were seen on many fall runways.
I've opted to combine 2 of these trends, the brown eye (toned down a bit, but definitely still brown) and the dark lip. I opted for the brown lip because I had a new MAC lippie that I wanted to try out, though I'll show you later how I toned it down a bit to not look like super goth girl (I don't have a problem with that look, it just isn't my look).
Anastasia She Wears it Well Palette: I love all of the neutrals in this palette and it has a good mix of shimmer (though not too much shimmer for me) and matte.
Elizabeth Arden Smokey Eyes Liner in Espresso: These are my favorite liners! They are strong enough to stand up to anything (I hate applying liner to have the pencil smoosh itself against my lid rather than apply to the eye), but apply smoothly and can be easily smudged immediately. It lasts all day! EA sent me 2 about 2 years ago and I can't even tell you how many times I've repurchased since then.
Korres Magic Light Face Contouring trio in Santorini: This is really pretty, but overall very neutral. I think I have a post around here somewhere, which of course I can't find now. A bit tan, a bit pink, a bit peach.... you get the picture. I just didn't think that this look would go well with a pretty pink flush.
Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer: I really need to review this stuff, but I really like it a lot. It is a medium coverage foundation, though the coverage is buildable. They even put a matching concealer in the lid!
As usual, I layered 2 mascaras, here I used Maybelline Lots of Lashes and Show Off Mascara by Beauty Addicts.