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12 Fall Makeup Looks We Want To Try ASAP

Dust your eyeshadow palette off and try these fall-ready beauty looks.

Beauty & Fashion

From colored lashes to neon liner, summer 2020 was all about bold and bright makeup. I had my fair share of fun experimenting with all of summer's vibrant beauty trends, but I'm excited that fall has arrived, and darker makeup looks will be making their return. When fall rolls around, beauty influencers, makeup artists, and celebrities alike always pop out on Instagram with the most fire smoky eyes and berry-colored lipsticks. To help us freshen up our makeup looks this season, I scrolled endlessly through the 'gram to find the most stunning fall beauty looks.

Whether you're into plum lipstick or olive eyeshadow, all of the beauty inspo you need for the next few months is all right here. Keep scrolling for 12 fall-ready makeup looks from some of the most bomb beauty bloggers.

Bomb Berry Lewk

Every time Nyma Tang drops a selfie on my IG feed, I immediately have to double-tap. Tang always delivers a flawless beat, and this berry-inspired look is no exception. For her glossy lip, Tang applied the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color ($29) in "Blackcherry" on the lips and Pat Mcgrath Labs' OpuLUST Lip Gloss in "Lavendaring" ($30).

Warm Earthy Tones

Nothing screams fall more than brown and gold hues, right? The shimmery eyeshadow and matte lip are the perfect pair with this look.

Brown Gloss and Shimmer

I can't decide which I love more...the glittery eyeshadow or the glossy brown lip. All I know is Shalom Blac looks so good, and I want to try this look ASAP.

A Green and Brown Slay

Beauty content creator Ari Jane Parker did not come to play with this look. Parker's olive green eyeshadow is blended to perfection, and her glossy brown lip is the perfect finishing touch. And if you were wondering, the influencer's lashes are from her own mink lash brand, Ari Jane Beauty.

Cool Jewels 

It's the jewels for me. Teaira Walker made her look pop by swiping on a vivid yellow liner and placing bling around her eyes.

Glitter Glam

One word to describe this look? Fire. From her sunset-inspired eyeshadow to her glittery orange lipstick, this whole look is fall-ready.

Everyday Smoky Eye 

You can never go wrong with a sultry, smoky eye. Beauty influencer Allyiah's take on the eyeshadow look strikes a beautiful balance between super glam and every day, and it's definitely something I'd love to recreate.

Orange Liner 

Editorial makeup artist Jaleesa Jaikaran clearly knows how to have fun with color. Here, Jaikaran used orange eyeliner to create a captivating design on her lids.

Glossy Lids 

This glossy lid is it. Orange eyeshadow is a perfect choice for the season, and Desiree pulled it off flawlessly. To create her colorful eye look, she used shades from the Gurl Meets Makeup Gloomy Palette ($30) and topped it off with Ashley Lee Cosmetics' Lip Gloss Treatment ($3) in Grape.

A Whole Purple Moment 

Fall is the time to pull out your darker lipsticks. I'm obsessed with @ohitsbreee's deep purple lip and the way she incorporated the color into her eyeshadow. For her lip, she used MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in "Uniformly Fabulous" ($22) and the MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in "Nightmoth".

Bold Blue and Green Liner

Jewel tones are always a winner. Our little sis in our head Marsai Martin made the trend her own by wearing an emerald green liner on her lid and a sapphire liner around her waterline.

Monochromatic Reds 

This look is red hot, pun intended. For her monochromatic look, beauty blogger Diana Jay used the MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour ($24) in "Make Love To The Camera". On her eyes, she applied a variety of MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadows ($20), including Strike a Pose, What Clout, Give a Glam, Devoted To Chili, and Werk, Werk, Werk.

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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