Create the perfect picture by coordinating fall makeup trends with flattering hair colors
Women take inspiration from all over the place when it comes to hair and makeup choices—runways, red carpets, street style, Pinterest… The list goes on. One way to approach it is by really letting the season drive your choices, according to the Marie Robinson Salon team of colorist Angela Haight and makeup artist Joette Balsamo. “As the summer glow fades, there is the concern of looking drab,” says Balsamo. “Feel free to let your autumn hair color inspire your makeup choices, [because] goddess braids beautiful hair color and one star makeup product in a flattering shade can make all the difference.”
No matter what your hair color, there’s a perfect fall hue for you—and cosmetics shades that complement it best. This season, Haight is seeing ombre brunettes update their mane in a rich brown with golden and coppery flecks, think Lily Aldridge and Mila Kunis. She notes, however, that “golden tones work really well on girls with more olive skin, so if yours has a pink undertone it’s better to stick to cooler dusty browns.” To play off the rich honey and caramel hues, Balsamo recommends wearing metallic shadow in bronze, gold or amethyst (try Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow in Copper or NARS Dual Intensity Shadow in Phoebe). “A swipe of a single jewel toned or gilded shadow brings brunettes more sparkle than a flat black smoky eye,” she says.
For blondes whose hair was bleached out by the summer sun, Haight says it’s important to add dimension and overall warmth to avoid looking washed out as the tan fades. “Warmer tones are softer against a fair complexion,” she says, “and I like to keep the base color a little deeper to give the hair more depth.” This Doutzen Kroes or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look is best completed by a nod to the ’90s through deep burnt reds and burgundy shades—NARS Audacious Lipstick in Marlene and Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Crimson—according to Balsamo. “These rich lips shades give honey blondes the edgy definition they need when the summer tan fades. The golden hair makes this trend revival more posh and less goth.”
When it comes to redheads this fall, Haight says she’s a fan of a coppery hue as opposed to the strawberry shades of summer. “It’s richer and adds warmth to a pale complexion,” she says, giving the examples of Amy Adams and Emma Stone. Balsamo’s favorite complementary look, meanwhile, is a rim of dark kohl liner in a color like navy, slate or forest green. (She recommends Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil in Marlene Midnight or Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil in Intense Green.) “It’s a cool contrast to the glint of copper hair and will make eyes shine,” she says.
After all, says the makeup artist, “Your skin tone and eye color are your unique permanent imprint. A great colorist will always take them into consideration. Whether a hair color change is drastic or subtle, it should always enhance your eyes and skin.”