Some beauty looks are always on trend: red lips, a smoky eye, and flawless skin—just to name a few. But others come with a definite expiration date. They’re meant to be fun, but also fleeting. The trends we’ve been seeing this summer fit into the latter category. These makeup and nail looks are hot right now, but you won’t be seeing them after Labor Day. Because, let’s face it, tropical-inspired makeup tends to look out of place against the sea of wine and deep berry hues that seem to arrive every fall.
So, now that we’re halfway through summer, it’s your last chance to try the best looks of this season. We tapped into top beauty pros to find out which trends are set to retire by fall, and how you can rock them right now.
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Summer Makeup Look #1: Mermaid Eyes
It’s been the summer of the mermaid everything (hair, nails, and makeup). One of the easiest ways to take the plunge is to wear aquatic shades of blue and green on your lids.
Get The Mermaid Eyes Look: “The mermaid eye can be beautifully worn two ways,” says Gabriel Almodovar, Maybelline global makeup artist. Try an aqua green shade all over the lid and blended into the crease. Then add a turquoise blue shadow, fading it into the brow bone highlight. “Or, you can apply the aqua green on the inner half of the lid, blending into blue on the outer half,” he says. For both looks, line eyes with a dark liner and add fluttery lashes. Try NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Eyeshadow in Mermaid and Savage.
Summer Makeup Look #2: White Eyeliner
We don’t follow that whole don’t-wear-white-after-Labor-Day rule, but the white eyeliner trend just won’t look right post-summer.“Eye shadow always gets darker as the seasons cool down, so a white winged liner with a darker smoky eye would just seem out of place,” says Almodovar.
Bright neon lips in electric shades of pink, orange, and fuchsia just look better when paired with sun-kissed skin (a faux, safe glow, of course). “They pop when you have more color on your skin,” says Almodovar.
Things got really slick this summer with a deliberate sheen on unexpected places like eyelids and cheekbones. This look works in the warm weather season, because skin tends to be naturally dewier, says Almodovar.
Yup, that’s what celebrity manicurist Erica Marton is calling them. “Bright colors like turquoise that look like the waters off Miami, or bold oranges that scream sunsets in St. Pete’s Beach have been all the rage this summer,” says Marton. And these colors won’t be making the cut this fall, she adds. The other thing that we’ll see less of come fall? Nail art. So, get your fill of both right now.
About the Author:The daughter of a hairdresser, Krista Bennett DeMaio likes to say she has beauty in her blood. She has well over a decade of beauty editorial experience. The former magazine-editor-turned-freelance writer has covered all things beauty from anti-aging skincare to NYFW runway trends. Her work has appeared in national publications and websites including Women’s Health, Redbook, Shape, Dr. Oz The Good Life, bhg.com, and prevention.com. She lives in Greenlawn, New York with her husband and two interns, er, daughters.