Bonus: All of these looks still look amazing even when you're wearing a face mask.

By Erin Lukas
Aug 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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During the era of social distancing, applying anything more than concealer, lip balm, and mascara might not seem like it's worth the extra effort when you're spending most of your time at home.

And five months in, the products in your makeup bag may have collected just as much dust as your denim collection. However, all of the emerging fall 2020 makeup trends might be inspiration enough to get you playing with your makeup stash again. Plus, it's not like going out is a requirement for doing your makeup.

With only so many TV shows to binge watch on each streaming service, trying new makeup looks is not only a fun way to pass your free time, but putting on a red lip or applying sea blue eyeshadow can quickly deflate stress and lift your mood.

Here, we have all the details on the eight biggest makeup trends of fall 2020, plus the products you need to nail them.

1. Disco Ball Eyes

Whether or not you have a reason to celebrate, glitter eye makeup screams party — even if it's solo. Celebrity makeup artist Kale Teter kept the focus on this model's disco ball eyes by giving her a fresh, dewy base.

How To Get the Look

You don't need plans to wear sparkly eye makeup. Covering your eyes in mesmerizing glitter to sit on your couch and sip wine is a guaranteed pick me up. After placing sparkles on the eyes, finish things off with a few coats of lengthening mascara, such as Marc Jacobs Beauty's At Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara. As for the glitter, we're fans of ColourPop's Disco Lady Glitter Gel to achieve a similar look. 

2. Retro Blue Eyeshadow

Forget everything you think you know about blue eyeshadow. While the color was a popular makeup trend in the '80s, it's absolutely not tacky. Just take Tracee Ellis Ross' gorgeous mermaid sea blue eyeshadow, for example. Makeup artist Grace Ahn brought the makeup shade into 2020 by haloing a shimmery finish shadow around the actress and Pattern Beauty founder's eyes.

How To Get the Look

MAKE UP FOR EVER's Artist Color Eye Shadow in Celestial Blue is infused with tiny flecks of glitter, lending a soft touch to the bold color. For even more color payoff, apply the shadow with a damp makeup brush.

3. Floating Liner

News flash: wearing eyeliner shouldn't be limited to your lash line. As celebrity makeup artist Sir John demonstrates with this look, adding a clean line just above your crease and right below your lower lash line, gives the classic cat eye a futuristic, yet '60s vibe.

How To Get the Look

Perfecting eyeliner takes practice, but the right product can make drawing clean lines less of a pain. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner is one such eyeliner. The creamy gel formula glides on effortlessly, but doesn't smudge, melt, or flake. Plus, it comes in a range of shades from rich burgundy to vibrant purple for anyone game to give colored eyeliner a spin, too. 

4. Wine Stained Lips

Wearing a creamy matte oxblood lip under a mask is a surefire way will leave you with smeared lipstick and a load of laundry. Instead, diehard lipstick fans should opt for a stain that completely dries down, thus minimizing the risk of transfer.

How To Get the Look

While lip stains are known to stay on your lips, they also have a reputation for feeling tight and dry. That's exactly what makes Victoria Beckham Beauty's Bitten Lip Tint so exceptional. The clean formula is infused with hydrating squalane and hyaluronic acid for a plumping and smoothing effect. And you can layer multiple coats based on the level of color payoff you desire.

5. Royally Flushed Skin

Who ever said having glowy, healthy-looking skin stops when summer ends? With all of us spending more time at home and wearing a mask while we're out, doing a full beat may feel like a waste of time. However, the flushed no-makeup makeup look as seen on COVERGIRL ambassador Lili Reinhart may change your mind.

How To Get the Look

Start off by evening out your complexion with a lightweight, dewy finish foundation such as COVERGIRL Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation. Follow up with a rosy blush like the brand's Clean Fresh Cream Blush in Flushed or Sweet Innocence. Since half of your face gets covered when you're wearing a mask, drape your blush up towards your temples for an all-over rosy complexion.

6. Full & Fluffy Brows

Instead of lamenting over the fact that you haven't been able to get your brows waxed and plucked by your go-to technician since spring, embrace your now fuller, fluffier brows à la Lancôme's Lilly Collins. Leave reshaping to the professionals, but feel free to clean up your arches by plucking any stray hairs and trimming any strands that look overgrown.

How To Get the Look

Instead of focusing on shape, build density with a brow gel like Lancôme Brow Densify Powder-To-Cream. The highly-pigmented formula mimics the look of real hairs, while the slim doe foot applicator allows you to precisely touch up any sparse spots.

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7. Matte Red Lip

It might feel like there isn't a time or place for a red lip during this time, but if you find yourself in the mood to swipe on a crimson lipstick, you should absolutely go for it. While a matte red lip transcends seasons and makeup trends, pairing the bold lipstick with fresh skin, soft tightline eyeliner, and fluffy lashes like Neutrogena ambassador Kerry Washington is a foolproof look.

How To Get the Look

While red is considered a high-maintenance lipstick color, choosing a hydrating, nourishing formula can eliminate how often you need to check in on it throughout the day. We suggest Neutrogena's Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Classic Red, a true blue-red shade packed with nourishing ingredients for comfortable wear and soft lips.

8. Watercolor Eyes

The impressionists have nothing on this art gallery-worthy eyeshadow trend. Not only can you utilize all of the unused eyeshadow shades in your favorite palettes with this look, but there is no right or wrong way to do watercolor eyes. Mix and match whatever colors you want to crush on your eyelids without worrying too much about placement. Use makeup artist Kate Jane Hughes' kaleidoscopic eye makeup as your inspiration.

How To Get the Look

Uoma Beauty's Carnival Black Magic Color Palette has the ideal mix of bold and neutral shades in matte and shimmery finishes to nail this art-inspired makeup trend.