VOGUE: From Vinyl Lips to Skin-Barrier Repair, 16 Ways to Transition Your Beauty Routine From Summer to Fall
This year especially, fall beauty trends feel more exciting than ever. From trending hair colors to skin care–infused makeup products and fresh takes on early-aughts glam, there’s a certain eagerness to experiment. Even those not quite ready for big risk might relish embracing fall/winter-forward skin care rather than the weightless formulas summer called for. Either way, we tapped beauty experts on the trends and products that will reign supreme this fall. Here, a shoppable guide of their predictions along with an edit of what to buy.
New York City–based esthetician Sean Garrette says skin-barrier repair will be on the rise this fall. “After a long summer of being in the sun and on beaches consistently, we really want to rehabilitate and nourish our skin throughout the fall/winter season,” he explains. Start with PCA Skin’s serum enriched with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier, and finish your routine with U Beauty’s reparative moisturizer formulated to fortify and smooth skin.
“Autumn fragrance trends bring on the warmer toasty notes that give us that sensation of fireside cuddles and hot cocoa,” says Sephora beauty director David Razzano. “It’s the perfect season to start layering your scents as well, creating your own unique blanket of fragrance to wrap yourself in.” He’s partial to Maison Margiela Replica Coffee Break for its pairing of warm, spicy notes with sweet milky aromas. A thoughtful alternative could be Byredo’s Slow Dance, which has notes of vanilla and patchouli at its base, enhanced with sensual amber, violet, and labdanum.
“With weather changing from summer to fall, so do our skin textures, tonality, and makeup trends. I always suggest having at least two shades of foundations in your personal kit to help transition your skin tone from season to season,” explains celebrity makeup artist Judi Gabbay. “Typically, skin gets more naturally tan in summer months and lighter during fall and winter months, so having your shades matched perfectly to avoid a foundation blunder is key.” She adds that a hydrating formula is ideal for rejuvenating drier skin types—think Kosas’s plumping foundation or Chanel’s water-based solution.
“When upgrading your routine from summer to fall, you really want to reach for more nourishing products,” says Garrette. “The fall/winter season can severely dehydrate and dry out our skin, so looking for more nourishing cleansers, serums, and moisturizers is key. Look for products that are rich in essential fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterol to replenish that dryness in the skin.” Begin your routine with Dior’s water-lily-infused Cleansing Milk, and swap your lightweight moisturizer with Naturium’s ceramide-rich cream for enhanced hydration throughout cooler temperatures.
“The ’90s influence on makeup is still strong, and we will see this continue into fall with a stronger use of the grunge-inspired brown and plum tones for eyes and lips, paired with washes of mustard and brick,” explains Razzano of the early-aughts inspiration. He’d achieve this through Rose Inc.’s hydrating lipstick (in shades Eloquent, Intuitive, or Graceful) with a vintage eye. Enhance those early-aughts tones with a bit of smudged liner; Charlotte Tilbury’s kohl pencil should do the trick.
“Autumn always signifies the exfoliation-and-hydration trend for both face and body,” notes Razzano. “The need to slough off the dead surface skin cells becomes more necessary in the colder months, as does a stronger moisturizer capable of hydrating through the drier air. Everyone wants to showcase glowing skin.”
According to Garrette, for many clients this means “starting to amp up their retinol and retinoid use and getting treatments like chemical peels, microneedling, and laser treatments—things that we tend to avoid during the summer because of the inflammation excess heat can cause.” Perhaps it’s time to reach for a high-concentration retinol like SkinCeuticals 1.0 formula. Otherwise, celebrity facialist Candace Marino recommends the IS Clinical’s two-step peel: “One [pad] contains the chemicals to aid in cell turnover, the other a neutralizing and nourishing step that’s left on the skin to help lock in moisture.”
“Repairing post-summer hair is key! Deep hydrating oils like the Rōz Treatment Oil,” says pro hairstylist Mara Roszak, who notes the restorative benefits of hair oils, especially for overnight repair. A hair mask, notably this one by Living Proof, is also a good idea to give new life to dry, damaged strands.
Gabbay predicts lips will continue to have a major moment this fall, pointing to what she deems the “indie sleaze” vibe. “Vinyl lips in burgundies and reds scream sex appeal that you can finally rock sans mask,” she says. “Indie sleaze is back with a vengeance—think slept-in makeup but this time on purpose.” Reach for pigmented, high-shine glosses by Yves Saint Laurent and Pat McGrath in deep, rich shades to complement any autumnal look.
Marino instructs that exfoliation is vital to properly hydrate skin. “Without properly exfoliating, our skin is unable to accept the hydrating and moisturizing products we use, meaning it’s going to waste,” she explains. “When you hydrate dead skin cells, you’re actually forming a glue-like substance that thickens the outermost layer of the skin. In order for our skin to receive moisture and function optimally, it needs exfoliation to cut through the buildup. A great and gentle way to exfoliate is with enzymes.” Her exfoliant of choice is Jan Marini’s Skin Zyme Mask for its gentle approach to sloughing away dead surface cells. Pharrell’s Humanrace exfoliant is another great option that uses a blend of glycolic, enzymatic, and rice particles to reveal smooth, glowing skin.
The verdict is in: Glowing skin does start from within. Marino notes an increased awareness of the link between our gut and the skin, with many skin care brands moving into the wellness space through supplements, snacks, and elixirs that optimize skin health. She’s a fan of Furtuna Skin’s new extra-virgin olive oil LXR06. “It’s packed with polyphenols that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to shield, prevent, and soothe free-radical damage,” she says. Marino recounts that with one tablespoon every morning for the past two weeks, she’s already noticed a more supple, balanced complexion.
Similarly, Razzano observes that autumn is a great time for a rebalancing detox after the whirlwind of summer, with one way to do so through supplements. “I love Sakara Life Beauty + Detox Water Drops Duo,” he says. “Simply adding these droppers daily to an eight-ounce glass of water will help to replenish ionic minerals that help promote bright clear skin, help with cellular hydration, and provide powerful antioxidants that bind to toxins helping to reduce breakouts, blemishes, and signs of aging. An easy way to boost your beauty from the inside out.”
Gabbay predicts an amplified version of the fresh-faced looks that have been all the rage this year through deeper blush tones from within and glossy skin. Enhance the glow of your skin through glossy complements across your face. “Gucci’s face and lip gloss can be used on cheekbones and temples for a glossy pop and on lips for high shine,” she says, adding that even atop eyeshadow could be a nice touch. You can’t go wrong with Danessa Myricks’s glossy balm, either.
“The one product that should remain consistent from summer to fall is SPF,” instructs Garrette. “You should be using sunscreen all year long.” With this in mind, EltaMD’s classic sunscreen is an excellent choice year-round, while Mara’s serum applies like an oil that is especially suited for dry skin types throughout the fall and winter.
“The fall trend that I think is the most impactful and practical is the French Bob,” says celebrity hairstylist Christopher Naselli, for its fun, flirty, and sexual appeal. Pair this with what he calls bottleneck bangs for a fresh fall statement. “For me, this style is all about bringing out the individual’s personality and working with their natural textures.” To refresh texture in second- or third-day hair, he relies on Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray. Or its Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse adds touchable definition for the right lived-in look.
“I love monochromatic eyes, cheeks, and lips for an understated yet cohesive look—using the same product will give a consistent vibe throughout the face,” notes Gabbay. We’ve long been fans of multitasking makeup sticks for their customizable wear and will eagerly sport them this fall too. Gabbay prefers Westman Atelier’s versatile stick to bring a wash of color on the go. “The formula melts into skin for a beautiful, natural flush of color and can be used on eyes, cheeks, and lips,” she says. Bobbi Brown’s Jones Road Miracle Balm is a Vogue editor favorite for both its creamy application and its skin care benefits.
How does Roszak plan on changing up her hair look this fall? She’ll be “going a bit darker and richer with [her] color and chopping a few inches off the bottom”—which is essentially the perfect autumn refresh, finishing with a healthy, shiny blowout. For the same treatment, try an at-home color kit, like this one by IGK, paired with Kenra’s blow-dry spray for a DIY refresh.
“Metallic lids are going to be in this fall for eyeshadow looks,” says pro makeup artist Allison Kaye. “My go-to on a client is a beautiful champagne or gold because it truly looks good on everyone!” She’s fond of Danessa Myricks’s foils, though Violette_FR’s pigments provide an effortless French-girl take on the trend.