By Bonnie Bing - Photography by Kevin Wildt, Kacy Meinecke and Randy Tobias
Once the leaves start to change colors you know it’s time to refresh and update your wardrobe. But let’s start at the top with your hair and makeup. A new season is a great time for a new hair style.
And your choices are varied. “One-length bobs, a modern shag, long, medium short, cropped, blunt fringed bangs. Trends, all of it,” said Pam Cutler of Salon Knotty.
Speaking of cropped and fringed, Tod Ernst of Planet Hair says he thinks a very popular look for fall is the ‘real Twiggy look’ with short, short hair.” He says stylists are still doing undercuts where the underneath hair is shaved. “And for women in the 35 to 55 age range we’re seeing a lot of layering, and textures. We’re even doing some perms to get that texture back,” he said.
And stylists say it’s a great time to try a fresh color. “Some women never experiment with their hair color,” Cutler said. She advises if the reason you are coloring your hair is to cover the gray, refrain from choosing your natural hair color or an all-over color.
Scarlett Davis of Crave Beauty Academy says blondes will be going for the ash tones, but adds mocha, chocolates and caramel tones are hot for fall.
Rest assured it’s not a color palette limited to tones from Mother Nature.
“We’re seeing a lot of the younger girls doing pastel colors, mermaid colors, oil slick colors and also pale blonds that are beigey and silvery,” Ernst said.
But as Davis says, it’s not all about the hair. “Makeup trends have come and gone quickly in the past year but for fall, trends are all about being bold and daring with color.”
Suggestions from Cutler include choosing a matte finish with your foundation and trying a matte dark lip color. “And a clean, great shaped brow is important,” she said.
Emma Terry at Planet Hair agrees brows are important and should have soft lines but still be prominent. She says go for berry colors on the lips and shades of purple and blue for the eyes.
Everyone agrees adding fake eyelashes is the look for eyes. They also suggest when you wear dramatic eye makeup, your lips should be more natural. But if your lips are pulling focus, tone down the eyes.
Some of the trends you’ll see but may not take part in are the very metallic lipsticks in blue and purple.
And fake freckles. “Yes, we said it, faux freckles are the new fall trend,” said Davis.