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Fall Trends or DIY Trends

The fall season has arrived quietly in the Washington DC Metro area with temperatures in the 70s unlike the sudden cooling effect it often brings. Either way, I always seem to be late in getting my long sleeve tops, heavier leggings, sweaters, and boots with warm socks ready.

Fall Trends....

Red Hot Susan Orange-red Lips

So what makeup is in for fall? Glitter, shimmer, glossy for eye, lips, and face! These are some over the top looks, but I will stick to the classic styles that anyone can rock. Glossy is making a comeback, but matte lips will always be in play! A classic bold red lip from blue/red, to orangey/red or burgundy is a great choice. 

A nice nude lip and lip liner is always in play. You can also line and fill in your lips with a nude liner and top with a lip gloss. Not a fan of lip colors, then check out the fall lip stain.

Vansih-Flash Highlight Stick

Update the classic black smokey eye using brown, bronze, purple, green and blues. Use the same colors with a gel eyeliner (for tight lining) or kohl liner (for a natural look) as a basic eyeliner or to emphasis your smokey eye look. If you love blush, bold is in with orange and pink.

Add a subtle glow with a cream, powder, liquid or stick highlighter. Choose key areas of the face – cheekbones, bridge of the nose, forehead, cupids bow and chin. Select one to two facial features you want to feature, remember less is more but if that is your preference, do it with class.

Now for fashion if you like fake, take your pick in fur, leather, and suede for jackets, coats, blouses with or without fringe. Lace blouses with puff sleeve and satin pantsuits. There is a lot to choose in plaids, checks, houndstooth and metallics.


My DIY Trends....

Makeup is no problem. At my age, I avoid shimmers and glitters! I am always looking for new eye, lip, and blush colors for the fall to winter transition to add to my favs. Matte shades of purple, green, neutrals are my eye colors with an occasional bronze. Orange, rust, and peach blush sometimes but I still love my bronzers all year round. 

One color I always keep in makeup and fashion no matter what season, is my favorite color, purple - mauve to deep purple! I may add a few colors, some bold in my wardrobe like orange, green, bronze and rust to mix with what is in my closet. I am always adding boots since that is my “go to” footwear for the season and a few long sweaters to pair with my leggings. 

Accessories? Love subtle to bold jewelry but not anything too bulky. Hats? I do not like “hat hair” so that is an on and off decision like a light switch! So, whether you go with fall trends or DIY trends, with long standing favorite stores going out of business, most shopping will probably be virtual…


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