Before I begin talking about this easy fall smokey eye, I need to give you a couple of disclaimers.
Firstly, yes, I’m a professional who works in a business college. However, deep down, I’m still that grungy writer kid, and I believe makeup should be dark. There is no such thing as too much eyeliner or mascara. Know that I will believe this until my dying day.
Secondly, I think it’s important to mention that I’ve been wearing makeup incorrectly all my life. (That’s 31 years, for those of you keeping score at home.)
I mention this disclaimer before showing you my easy fall smokey eye to keep me and you on an even keel here. When I started wearing makeup in the sixth grade, my mom told me I didn’t need foundation. I think this was probably a money-saving choice on her part, and honestly, I was 12. It’s not like there was anything going on with my skin. In fact, I would die to have the under eye skin I had back then. So, she helped me create a makeup kit that included a CoverGirl powder compact and clear mascara. (Clear because I had terrible allergies and my eyes were always watering.) I believe there was also a set of 3 eyeshadows in a small case with one of those sponge-tip applicators.
And now, at the ripe age of 31, not a whole lot has changed. Sure, I have varied my routine a lot, but I still don’t wear foundation. In fact, I never have. It literally never occurred to me that I should add it to my routine, and here we are. I’m not entirely sure how I’ve gone 19 years without anyone stepping in and setting me straight.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, you can choose whether or not you find me a valid source of makeup information.
Now, to the easy fall smokey eye.
I’ve been known to reinvent myself using nothing but scarves, eyeliner, and dark lipstick. If I ever feel I need a change in my life, that’s usually my go-to method. (I’ll also start writing an absurd amount of poetry.) So it’s only natural I do that in the fall too when I feel like I need to make an update for the new season. And nothing screams fall to me like a smokey eye. It’s moody and dark, just like the fall weather should be, even though it’s in the 70s this week.
But here’s the thing: On an average work day, mama ain’t got time for a smokey eye. Also, I have incredibly hooded eyes, so you can’t see like 98% of the work that would actually go into a smokey eye look. Much of my adult life has been spent shadowless for this reason. When I finally got tired of that is when this easy fall smokey eye was born.
To get this look, I line my eyes with Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Ripe Plum. (Yes, Rimmel. You won’t find a better eyeliner on the market, so don’t waste a ton of your dollars on something expensive.) I think this color is perfect for people with brown or green eyes, and it’s really great on olive skin tones. This particular eyeliner also comes with a little smudgey sponge tip on the non-pencil end, so I use it to smudge to my desired level of smokiness.
Then, after I’m finished, I go back in and coat my upper and lower waterline with Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Noir.
For mascara, I’ve recently fallen in love with Maybelline’s Push Up Angel Mascara. The unique brush shape totally makes your eyelashes wing out, and it doesn’t clump up after my requisite 2-3 coats.
Here’s where I tell you that I do this easy fall smokey eye all year round. Except in the summer, I use the color Precious Gold instead of Ripe Plum. Totally different look here.
And what’s fall without a dark lip? While I listed some of my favorites here, I’m wearing Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Obsession, and Burt’s Bee’s Lipstick in Ruby Ripple.
So what about you? What’s your go-to fall makeup look?
Check out Ashley’s Fall beauty routine below!
Fall beauty routines are some of my all time favorite posts to read. Everything gets warmed up! I thought it would be kind of fun to share mine. Here’s what I am currently doing:
For foundation I use Becca, specifically this one. I love how creamy it is, I feel like it blends into my skin and doesn’t just sit on top of it. Before I apply a finishing powder, I apply this blush and highlighter. Then I lightly tap on this powder to help everything set properly. I know it seems counter intuitive to apply blush and highlighter first but the pigment is SO much better! Just try it.
For eyes, I use this eyeshadow palette and apply the following shades after applying this primer:
Across the lid and crease I blend in “suspect“, then I sweep “half baked” across the lid, apply “foxy” across the brow bone and blend in with “suspect“, and across the browbone and in the tear area I lightly apply “bootycall“.
Instead of applying a thicker eyeliner I smudged in across the top and bottom lids a chocolate brown shade as well as tight-lined my top lid. Across the waterline I lightly apply NYX’s jumbo eye pencil in shade cottage cheese.
For the brows, I use of two options and pick either one depending on how much time I have in the morning. I will use Maybelline Brow Drama (which is what I used in this tutorial) OR Benefit’s Goof Proof pencil.
Other than my eyeshadow color choices, the biggest thing I change is my lipgloss or lipstick. Instead of a neony color I like to go warmer. My go-to shades for the summer can be found here. For the fall, however, I have been digging this Marc Jacobs lipstick in Baked Rose SO much! I put on Dr Lipp to allow for moisture and then apply the lipstick. It kind of turns into a creamy lipgloss/lipstick color.
All in all I really like how natural it is while still giving a made-up look. It’s something that you can wear out to work or just out running around town. To quickly adjust for the evening I would switch up to a deeper cherry red lipstick and smokey up the crease of my lid with “snake bite” from this eye palette.
Another change I made this fall was my hair color. I went from platinum blonde (see here) to the chocolate brown above! Quick poll – which color do you like more?? I have an appointment in a couple of weeks and am already debating switching back to blonde! Help!
What are some of the changes you make in your beauty routine when you switch from summer to fall?