Fall Beauty Recipes
Use fall's beauty bounty and our simple recipes to whip up your own gorgeous looks for your eyes, nails and hair!
The season's metallic shadows start off subtly -- a single layer is ideal for day -- and intensify easily with an extra coat or two, says celebrity makeup artists Julianne Kay. Either way, all attention should be on your eyes, so don't let another feature upstage them.
What You'll Need
All it takes is 10 minutes and five "ingredients" to get this look. You'll need 1 tube eyeshadow primer, 1 metallic eye shadow, 1 cream cheek color and black mascara and neutral lipgloss for garnish.
Cover Girl Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Gold; $5, at drugstores
Prime your lids. Metallics can get crepey quickly, but a good base coat will help keep the color smooth. Try Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Swipe on your shadow -- and for more drama at night, dampen your fingertip or brush first. But if you're using a cream shadow skip the added moisture in favor of more layers.
Step 3 & 4
Blend a dot of blush into each cheek. Add mascara and gloss to taste.
The half-moon mani, which is having a big moment, will turn you two-toned: "Pair related hues for an understated effect or contrasting ones for more impact," says Gino Trunzo, celeb manicurist for LCN.
Patricia Yankee -- who does Katy Perry's, Allison Williams's (and Rach's) nails -- has created a line of lacquers that stars are snapping up.
What You'll Need
Transform your tips in 30 minutes (plus drying) with four "ingredients." You'll need 1 dual-purpose base/top coat, 2 coordinating polishes and 10 reinforcements for hole-punched papers (yep, those little doughnut-shaped stickers in the back-to-school aisle) Essie Nail Polish in For the Twill of It (top) and Vested Interest (bottom)
Apply base coat, then a layer of your half-moon hue. Though the color will ultimately show only at the base of your nail, polish all the way to the tip. Wait 30 minutes. (If you don't have that kind of time, consider your first coat the make-ahead part of the recipe and sport a single shade for the day.)
Step 2 & 3
Once nails are dry, cover the base of each with the top third of a reinforcement sticker (the rest should be stuck to your skin).
Starting from the top edges of the stickers, paint on 2 coats of your second polish. Wait 10 minutes, remove sticker and apply top coat.
Tracy Reese in Malbec (top) and Prabal Gurung in Loden Green (bottom) both for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure; $8 each, at drugstores
Hot Mane Dish
Braids are back with a vengeance (Game of Thrones withdrawal, perhaps?). And the key to making them look current is keeping them loose, whether they're long or short, says celebrity hair stylist Odile Gilbert.
What You'll Need
Turn your hair-do into done in just 4 minutes, plus drying with 3 "ingredients." You'll need 1 palmful texturizing mousse, 4-6 bobby pins and cute hair tie or clips, for garnish.
Easy does it! The impulse to pull hair taut as you go makes braids seem a little class photo-ish. Relax your grip!
Add 1 palmful of texturizing mousse to damp hair (use one that's meant to define curls even if you don't have them; you'll get more texture that way) and scrunch as you blow- or air-dry.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse; $6, at drugstores
For short hair, loosely braid the section above your ear (on one side or both) and secure with a pretty barrette.
Goody Star Barrettes; $5, at Target stores
For long hair, loosely braid the section above one ear until you get to the back of your head, then secure that piece with a bobby pin. Repeat on the other side, but instead of pinning, add the hair to the piece that's hanging, and twist both into a messy bun. Leaving a tail, secure the knot with a few bobby pins. Finish by braiding that hanging bit with hair from either side of it, and secure with a cute elastic tie.
Rachael's Pick: These bands, from Rach's stylist Mary Curran's line, add an autumnal garnish to any plait!
Hungry for more? Looking great has never been so easy, just follow more of our step-by-step instructions for your favorite looks!