From Red Lips to Thick Eyeliner, Fall’s Makeup Trends Are All About Being Bold

written by LAUREN HARANO

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Each year as the warmth of summer turns to the crispness of fall, it can be surprisingly difficult to transition. Yet, 2023 is proving to be much, much different. While we’ll miss our sun-soaked, dewy skin and clean-girl beauty looks, this fall has some of the most exciting makeup trends we’ve seen all year.

Just as the 2023 runways predicted, the upcoming season will revolve around bright, bold makeup looks. Expect to see vivid eyeshadow hues, thick eyeliner on both the upper and lower lids and red-hot lipstick shades that look as alluring as they sound. From grungy glam to a nod to the ’80s, keep reading to learn more about this fall’s hottest makeup trends.


1. Grungy Glam

Move over, clean-girl beauty–grungy glam is here, and it’s not going anywhere. Here’s the scoop: Grungy glam encapsulates a daring contrast between edgy grunge and streamlined glamor. Dark, smudged eyeshadows are paired with bold, matte lips to create a sense of intensity. As you might have noticed, one part of each look is made to be a bit disheveled (like smudged eyeshadow or eyeliner) while the rest of the routine is made to appear effortless and natural. Bonus points if you tousle your hair or add your own eye-catching flare.

Urban Decay
24/7 Eyeshadow

Urban Decay's 24/7 Eyeshadow exemplifies the brand's commitment to vibrant and long-lasting color. With its richly-pigmented formula and an extensive range of shades, it's a go-to choice for creating bold, eye-catching looks that stay put from dawn till dusk.

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KVD Beauty
Super Pomade Vegan Eyeliner

This KVD Beauty favorite stands as a versatile multi-tasker in any beauty arsenal. The innovative product offers precise lines for eyeliner, bold shades for eyeshadow, and impeccable definition for brows, all while upholding the brand's commitment to cruelty-free and vegan-friendly formulations.

12 colors available

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Natasha Denona
Mini Xenon Eyeshadow Palette

If you ask us, this eyeshadow palette encapsulates a range of mesmerizing shades in a compact form. The miniature palette boasts a gorgeous blend of dark hues, allowing for endless creative combinations that effortlessly transition from day to night.

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2. Colorful Eyeshadow

Just because it’s almost fall doesn’t mean you have to ditch your favorite brightly-colored makeup products—it’s just time to get creative. Since the 2023 fall trends are all about the bold and bright, vibrant eyeshadow colors are fair game. Think lime green, hot pink, deep blue, and neon yellow. You can thank the brightly colored outfits in Barbie for this trend’s inspiration. (New to eye makeup? Learn the basics here.)

Urban Decay x Smiley Naked Mini Eyeshadow Palette

The Urban Decay x Smiley Naked Mini Eyeshadow Palette fuses iconic shades with a playful twist. With a compact design, this palette is perfect for getting creative, offering a range of versatile matte and shimmer shades. Whether you're going for a natural day look or wearing a dazzling nighttime ensemble, this mini palette will provide you with everything you need to craft a cool eye makeup look.

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NYX Professional Makeup
Ultimate Color Shadow Palette I Know That's Bright

This NYX palette is a versatile product for makeup enthusiasts, housing a multitude of fun shades and finishes in a single compact. With a diverse range of eyeshadow colors, it offers endless possibilities. From bold and vibrant hues to rich colors you might’ve never experimented with before, this eyeshadow must-have is a great addition to any makeup collection.

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Sephora Collection
Sephora Destinations™ Eye Palette

This affordable eye palette is one of our favorites for a reason. With carefully curated shades that are made to blend well with any skin type, this palette will make your eye makeup pop.

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3.  Glittery Eyeshadow

What pairs well with colorful eyeshadow, you ask? Glitter, of course. To recreate this cool trend, we suggest priming your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer and swiping on a few layers of a bright, glittery shadow. If you still aren’t over last fall’s eye jewel trend, you can make it a makeup double whammy by sporting both glitter and jewels.

Eye Bento Bouncy Eyeshadow Trio

This Kaja best-seller is a fun innovation that combines three coordinating shades in a single, convenient package. Its unique bouncy texture delivers a blendable and buildable formula, making it easy to achieve a range of looks from sheer to intense. Plus it comes in three different finishes: glitter, shimmer, and matte.

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Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow

This glittery eyeshadow is sure to elevate any makeup look thanks to its mesmerizing blend of glitter and pigment. The unique formula offers a weightless texture that adheres seamlessly to the lids, creating a luminous, multidimensional effect. Whether used as a standalone statement or layered over other eyeshadows, these shadows will make any eye makeup dazzle.

9 colors available

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Anastasia Beverly Hills
Norvina® Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 5

This pigmented palette has a wide spectrum of vibrant shades that are designed for both face and body. Whether you want to try out smudged eyeshadow or a sleek Barbie-inspired design, you can get as creative as you please with this versatile palette.

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4. Boldly-Lined Lips

We said it once and we’ll say it again: This fall is all about bold makeup looks, and nothing completes a bold makeup look like expertly lined lips. To make your pout pop, line your lips with a long-wear liner. Try dabbling with light pink, dark pink, brown, and nude shades.

Huda Beauty
Lip Contour 2.0 Lip Pencil

This lip pencil offers a seamless approach to achieving perfectly defined lips. With its automatic twist-up design, it delivers a precise application of matte color that lasts. Whether it's used for contouring, lining, or filling in the lips, this Huda Beauty fave ensures a comfortable, long-wearing matte finish that elevates any makeup look.

12 colors available

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Makeup by Mario
Ultra Suede® Sculpting Lip Pencil

This lip pencil's velvety texture glides seamlessly on lips, allowing for precise shaping. Plus, it delivers a comfortable matte finish that won’t dry out lips. Created by makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, this sculpting lip pencil will enhance lip shapes in no time.

19 colors available

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Tower 28
OneLiner Lip Liner

Tower 28's lip pencil offers a multi-tasking solution for enhancing different features with ease. This versatile pencil's creamy formula allows for seamless application on lips, eyes, and cheeks, providing a pop of color that's blendable and buildable. With its convenient design, this liner simplifies your makeup routine, making it an ideal addition to any minimalist or on-the-go beauty regimen.

3 colors available

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5. Thick Eyeliner

In the same vein as grungy glam comes thick eyeliner. Expect to see wide wings as well as liner on both the upper and lower lids. To pull this trend off, you can either use liquid eyeliner or a pencil and line your eyes as many times as you want. For an extra-bold look, top off your glam with a bright-red lip.

Benefit Cosmetics
Roller Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

This liquid eyeliner is a pocket-sized essential for precise and long-lasting eye definition. Its waterproof formula ensures smudge-proof wear, making it a dependable choice for all-day elegance. The fine-tip applicator allows for effortless and sharp lines, perfect for achieving both subtle and bold eye looks on the go.

2 colors available

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Rare Beauty
Perfect Strokes Longwear & Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

This fan-favorite Rare Beauty eyeliner combines beauty and performance with its versatile gel formula. It glides on smoothly, delivering bold lines that stay put throughout the day due to its waterproof and long-lasting properties.

3 colors available

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Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

This waterproof liquid eyeliner has become an iconic favorite for its precision and durability. This liquid eyeliner boasts a fine-tip applicator that effortlessly creates sharp lines with long-lasting wear, ensuring smudge-free perfection. Whether crafting a classic cat-eye or experimenting with bold designs, Stila's waterproof formula guarantees eyes stay defined all day long.

6 colors available

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6. Red-Hot Lipstick

It’s a fact: Red lips never go out of style. And since red is lined up to be the color of the season, it’s only fitting to see cherry-red shades on every pout. To nail this trend, we suggest pairing a red lip with a cool black eyeliner look. If you really want to make your lips shine, add a coat of gloss on top. The more noticeable the better.

Powermatte Long-Lasting Lipstick

This best-selling NARS lipstick redefines lip color with its weightless formula that delivers intense pigment and a matte finish that stays on point for hours. This lipstick range offers a spectrum of shades (with the Dragon Girl shade being our favorite) that will make any beauty look stand out.

15 colors available

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Sephora Collection
Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

Looking for an affordable, creamy red lip that’ll last you through the end of the year? We’ve got just the thing. This beauty essential effortlessly combines rich color with long-lasting wear. Its velvety formula glides on smoothly, delivering a stunning matte finish that remains comfortable on the lips throughout the day. With an array of shades, this collection offers a versatile range to suit any style or occasion.

74 colors available

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Charlotte Tilbury
Matte Revolution Lipstick

This underrated Charlotte Tilbury lipstick has a velvety, rich formula that leaves behind a luxurious matte finish. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, it ensures a comfortable wear while also delivering bright, buildable color to the lips. If you don’t want to sport a bright red hue, this line also has classic neutrals that cater to a variety of looks, making it a must-have for any makeup enthusiast.

30 colors available

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7. Dewy Skin

Thankfully, we don’t have to leave dewy skin in the summer months. This fall, keep your bold beauty looks extra-refined when you keep your skin nourished and hydrated. If your skin is really dry, you can fake it till you make it by adding a lit-from-within makeup effect by dabbing highlighter on the high points of the face as well as on the brow bones, the eye’s inner corners, and even your décolleté.

Haloscope Balm Dewy Highlighter Stick

Glossier's dewy highlighter stick is the ideal tool to create a radiant glow on any part of your body. This innovative balm-to-powder formula features a dual-core design, combining an outer ring of crystal-infused highlighter with an inner core of moisturizing balm. The result is a luminous sheen that imparts a natural dewiness, effortlessly enhancing the high points of the face for a fresh and illuminated complexion.

3 colors available

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Iconic London
Rollaway Glow Highlighter

This chic highlighter takes highlighting to the next level with its unique rollerball applicator. Its innovative design allows for precise and targeted application, ensuring a luminous sheen exactly where you want it. With a smooth, blendable formula, it adds a touch of radiance to the skin, providing an instant and effortless glow that elevates any makeup look.

3 colors available

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Gloss Highlighter

REFY is a beloved brand for a reason. This Gloss Highlighter is a must-have for those who want to achieve that angel-like, ethereal glow. The luxurious formula is designed to provide a lustrous and glossy finish, enhancing the skin's natural luminosity. Trust us, it works wonders.

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