The 5 Beauty Trends That Ruled Summer—And How to Take Them Into Fall
August still has its fair share of sunny weekends and watermelon coolers ahead, but with Labor Day on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on the beauty trends that dominated summer—while taking stock of those that will transition seamlessly into fall. Seeking a dramatic transformation by way of the scissors? Look to gender-bending buzz cuts à la Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora and beauty chameleon Zendaya opted for 70’s-inspired, fuzzy curls, letting the humidity play to their advantage. And while nude makeup continues its stronghold year round, special MVP status is awarded to those who reached for bright pops of crimson, aqua and teal eyeshadow instead.
Here, 5 standout beauty trends to try now and wear into fall.
Retro 70s Curls
Summer’s steady humidity index found fluffy curls living up to their larger-than-life potential, with Solange, Zendaya and even fashion’s youngest rising beauty star, North West infusing fuzzy coils with a subtly retro appeal that will look just as right with crisp cardigans, sequined jackets, and flared denim.
Gothic Plum Lips
Amidst a sea of tangerines and poppy pinks, dark lipstick made a moody comeback. From Chrissy Teigen to Lily Collins, even fresh-faced optimists will find themselves dipping into the trend when the temperatures drop.
Risky Skin Reveals
Bare skin dominated as one of the most double tapped trends of summer, with models Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin taking their swimwear-inspired looks from the beach to the city streets. Whether they were showing off a sculpted six pack, #freeingthenipple or experimenting with bold new notions of going braless, body confidence was on full display.
The New Short
Just when air dried waves were threatening to sweep another summer, along came Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart with a series of game changing chops that volleyed between buzz cuts, sleeks pixies and variations on the micro-crop. Even Kate Hudson traded in her famously sunny blonde lengths for a career-defining shave that proved the quickest way to reinvent your look is with a pair of shears.
Playful Pops of Color
Beauty risk takers proved why the best way to stand out on the red carpet involves dipping into colorful pots of eye shadow: Rita Ora splashed icy blue across her lids, Yara Shahidi painted on creamy lemon hues and Selena Gomez pulled off a potentially tricky magenta shadow, effortless as always and pretty in pink.