Let’s get real: Instagram models are kind of running the show lately. They’re taking looks right from the catwalk to your feed, and turning them into worldwide beauty trends and viral hashtags. If the online world of millennial women is North Shore High School, then Instagram models (and Gigi Hadid) are The Plastics.
Want to know what everyone’s wearing? What the “cool girls” are trying out? What looks will be everywhere this season? Forget the out-there styles on the runway. Instagram is the place to look.
Luckily, you can beat Instagram to the punch, and be a trendsetter before the looks are all over your Explore page. Here are some beauty trends to start rocking for autumn:
Hair Trends: Structured Buns
Hair trends are hard to pin down (pun intentional) when it comes to what’s going to last through the season, and what’s just a bad fad. Unless you got buns, hon’.
The “I woke up like this, but I’m still cool and approachable” messy bun has long been a staple of lazy girls everywhere. But it’s about time for it to go the way of ombre and pastel-hued unicorn dye jobs (R.I.P.). This season, structured buns are all the rage. From clean, polished top knots, to low, structured buns and chic mini buns, this coiled look was all over the runway this year.
(Left to right) Jil Sanders and Anna Sui for Fashion Week 2017 via Cosmopolitan
Ditch your lazy girl go-to’s and clean up your buns this season for more polished, fashion-forward vibes. Try pulling a sleek low pony into a clean bun, or aim a little higher and try and a sleek top knot (or two), and just watch the Instagram likes roll in.
Nail Trends: Abstract and Negative Space Art
When it comes to beauty trends, nail art is nothing new. Instagram has been experimenting with looks, designs and techniques for years. We’ve gone as far as adding gems and tassels to our nails, and gotten as #extra as recreating some of Van Gogh’s most famous works on our fingernails. (No, Really.)
Fall trends this year are telling us it’s time to scale it back: to go back to basics, without actually being basic. It’s the era of minimalist abstract nail art. We’re seeing more and more models rock a super minimalist abstract art look, especially negative space manis.
(Left to right) Jenny Packham, Cushnie et Ochs for NYFW Fall 2017 via Elle
This fall, try putting down the polish instead, and opting for a trendy negative space nail look. (Plus, just think of all the polish you’ll save! #budgetinggoals)
Beauty Trends: Artsy Graphic Eyeliner and Shadow
Calling all makeup lovers: this season is the time to be bold.
As we step farther away from neutral, perfectly blended shadow shades and the quintessential Instagram cat eye, we venture into artsier territory. This fall, graphic eyeliner and shadows will be at the forefront of the season’s beauty trends.
Kenzo and Emilio de la Morena for Fashion Week 2017 via Cosmopolitan
Step out of your comfort zone this season. Put down your Naked palette, and opt for a mostly-fresh faced glow with a statement pop. Swipe a bright liner or shadow in or above your crease for an unexpected wow-factor, and pair it with a sweep of blush for a flushed look, or a bright lip for a touch of color.
Make waves this season by rocking your favorite fall beauty trends early. Your friends will be impressed, we promise.