Wearable Makeup Trends for Fall/Winter 2016

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Wardrobe Oxygen: Wearable Makeup Trends for Fall and Winter 2016There's a lot of statement-making beauty trends this fall and winter. While some can rock red eyeshadow, extreme cat-eye liner and ruby slipper lips, Wardrobe Oxygen is about real-life style advice. Below I share my favorite makeup trends for Fall/Winter 2016 that are truly wearable for everyday, and look chic on women of all ages. I purchase a good portion of my makeup and beauty products from Nordstrom. With extensive customer reviews that include the reviewer's age, free shipping, free returns, free samples with every order, and plenty of gifts with purchase and Nordstrom-exclusive products and colors, Nordstrom is not just a favorite fashion destination of mine but a beauty destination. When they asked me to share some of my favorite fall trends, I knew I had to write about the wearable makeup trends for the season!

Wearable Makeup Trend for Fall/Winter 2016: The bold dark lip and fresh face look by Wardrobe OxygenBold Lips with a Fresh Face

For those who love a statement lip, you are in luck this year. Take a cue from magazine editors and fashionistas and balance a bold pucker with an otherwise fresh or “no makeup makeup” face. While a red lip is always chic, this season all sorts of autumnal shades are stylish: berry, wine, brownish-mauve, chocolate, terracotta, even dark purple. Don't be afraid to go very dark; my personal favorite this fall is “Bette” by NARS; a shade I've worn in several of my recent outfit posts.

Wearable Makeup Trend for Fall/Winter 2016: Strobing instead of Contouring look by Wardrobe OxygenReplace Contouring with Strobing

Thank goodness the contouring trend is fading away. It's being replaced by strobing, which is adding a highlighter where the face naturally catches the light. I received a free sample of MAC's Strobe Cream with a recent Nordstrom Beauty order and am a convert I've written about other highlighters before that I thought were great, but Strobe Cream looks more natural, and far less sparkly than others I've tried. It's something that could be worn on its own yet plays nice with foundations, tinted moisturizers, and BB creams. Just add a dab to your cheek bones, brow bone, and the cupid's bow of your lips. Blend by patting with your ring finger or get a very blended look easily with this brush from Sigma Beauty. and look as if you had a full night's sleep, 40 ounces of water, and a day at the spa!

Wearable Makeup Trend for Fall/Winter 2016: Smudged Liner. How to get the look by Wardrobe OxygenSmudged Eye Liner

For those like me who are not skilled at creating a perfect line with liner, or those like me who have allergy-prone eyes that water during the day REJOICE! The '90s are back and with it some of that decade's fashion trends.  Smudged eyeliner was achieved back then with a cheap kohl pencil and often sleeping in it; now there's ways to make it look cleaner and not have to risk and eye infection.  Those who are skilled with the pencil likely already know how to get the smudged look with their finger, a Q-tip, or their favorite makeup tool.  If you're wobbly with a pencil, I love and use Trish McEvoy's ‘Eye Definer' powder liner with the #11 Precise Eye Lining brush.  Press the brush into the powder then press against your lash line and wiggle a bit.  It provides a clean but not too sharp line that is natural and is on trend.  If you're more comfortable with a pencil, I like Burberry's Effortless Blendable kohl pencil.  It's thicker than a standard liner pencil and a creamy formula that glides and blends nicely.  I like to put on my lash line and use my ring finger or a smudge brush like this one from Sigma Beauty (their brushes are high quality but reasonably priced) to blend out into shadow. No need to stick to black or grey; this season shades of brown, copper, and rust are popular and can be more flattering to certain skintones and can create a more natural effect.

Wearable Makeup Trend for Fall/Winter 2016: Full natural brow look by Wardrobe OxygenNatural Brows

Instead of previous seasons where brows have been penciled, powdered, gelled and stenciled within an inch of their lives this season the brow is full but looks natural. By pass the stencils and dense formulas for solid brows and consider tinted gels or creams like this product from Bobbi Brown and pomades like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills for fullness and fine-tipped pencils to sketch in thin spots.

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, however the topic and all ideas and text are completely my own.

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  1. Do you have a specific process or any tips for applying a bold lip? Lipstick is the last thing in my makeup arsenal. Often I go without anything, even with an otherwise full face of makeup. I’ve bought a couple bold lips but they look awful when applied. Any dead skin on my lips takes the stain and creates ugly dark spots, and I can’t seem to apply liner that looks natural, symmetrical, and that follows the line of my lips. (Don’t I need liner for a bold lip? Or is that they late 80s, early 90s girl in my head?) Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be for me, but I’m wondering if you use a lip conditioner or have a process for the dead skin, and if you use a liner that you would recommend?

    1. This sounds like a great blog post topic! For the dead skin, exfoliation helps a lot; just take an old toothbrush and lightly brush your lips each evening and then apply moisturizer. it will help over time. I don’t use lip liner, it seems to dry my lips out faster, I’ll share in the post some clear lip liners and primers out there to help the lipstick stay on longer and look more even! 🙂

  2. I love the statement lip/fresh face look! It feels very modern. My eyeliner skills are lousy so will be sure to give the smudging thing a go…

  3. I have eyes that tend toward the squinty at times, and fine lashes, so I am a huge fan of smudged liner. I love either Stila Smudgesticks or the Smashbox Always Sharp (especially the 3D ones–they smudge better, although they are not waterproof). Both allow a bit of time to smudge, then set up solid, but remove with cleanser. I like to go over it with the Trish McEvoy eye definer or other powder to both darken and soften, as well as add even more longevity. Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow primer is another great way to extend liner powder, while preventing settling into creases.

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