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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Olivia Hancock is a writer who can constantly be found putting pen to paper or typing away at her keyboard. The transplant ATLien is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Journalism and roots for all things #BlackGirlMagic. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @oliviahancock_.
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Release Stress & Restore Harmony In Your Body With Shaking Meditation
When we reflect on our own path as women in light of the women who came before us, it’s easy to see that the loads we’ve carried haven’t always been the lightest. From everyday stresses to generational trauma with roots that are difficult to trace, one must ask where all that weight goes if we never release it.
The body holds the score for all the anxieties, worries, and unease that we’ve endured over time. Family and society often tell us to quiet our emotions, maintain a brave face, and keep our emotions bottled up within. But as we know, anything with too much pressure will eventually burst.
And while we are steadily discovering self-care methods like meditation to shed this emotional baggage, it may take a little more than sitting still in the quiet of our mind to let go of our deep-rooted tension. Fortunately, mindful movement could be an unexpected way for you to let go of worry and anxiety while building emotional resiliency, and such is the case with shaking meditation.
What Is Shaking Meditation?
Shaking meditation is a form of tension and trauma-releasing exercises or TRE that “assists the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma.” This series of exercises of muscular shaking and vibrating activates a natural reflex mechanism that releases muscular tension, thus calming down the nervous system and encouraging your body to return back to a state of balance.
“Shaking meditation can be powerful because it moves your body — and in Eastern medicine, we say that moves your chi,” says Jenelle Kim, DACM, L.Ac, a ninth-generation doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and author of Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation.
According to Dr. Kim, understanding chi helps us understand our bodies and how we're feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chi is known to represent your life force; it is the energy that flows through you and everything, and in many cultures, plays an essential role in our health.
“We have chi that moves in our blood and throughout our entire body; connecting our organ systems, muscles, and joints,” she tells xoNecole. “It allows everything to function and to be nourished. We know blood travels throughout our body through our circulatory system, but chi also travels through our body — much in the same way — through the meridian system. If you picture chi as vital energy, it moves the blood.”
It’s important for our body’s chi to stay in flow. When we go about our daily life with stress, trauma, or even mental injuries, our energy becomes stagnant. But various movement practices like Qigong or shaking meditation encourage your chi to circulate through your body which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which “is in charge of telling our brain and body to calm down, relax, ultimately, let go,” Dr. Kim says.
As Black women, there are times in life when it feels like we bear the weight of the world on our shoulders, with few spaces to go when we need to lighten the load. But as Dr. Kim explains, because women are “naturally yin beings,” we take on more because we can handle more. “According to the energies of nature that have been passed down for thousands of years, women are more complex. And what that almost always means is that we can think a lot more.” And while that speaks to the resiliency of our being, it can have a negative effect on our bodies when we store more than we release.
“If we don't have ways of releasing this, it will ultimately affect our lives physically, mentally, and spiritually. Then it passes on to our children, and that's where we get generational trauma,” she says.
Although shaking meditation may be a new and unfamiliar practice, it’s one that could prove to be beneficial to those who have experienced trauma on an individual and communal level. The movements are simple to follow and accessible, and in a matter of minutes, you’ll feel more calm and relaxed, while relieving any anxiety, frustration, and tension inside of you.
So if you’re ready to restore harmony within your body, here are the steps to perform shaking meditation on your own.
How To Incorporate Shaking Meditation Into Your Daily Routine:
Step 1: “Stand with your feet hip-width apart. You can do this while sitting or standing — depending on your comfort level. Make sure all of your joints are soft, so nothing's locked.
Step 2: “Begin raising onto your tiptoes and falling back onto your heels. Not so hard to where you're shocking your spine, but enough to just kind of wake up your body. Repeat three to five times, dropping down onto your heels.”
Step 3: “Next, start with your hands first and shake them. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Shake them and go up to your arms, to your elbows, and then up to your shoulders. Now your whole arms should be moving.”
Step 4: “Then you can start your legs, repeating the same shaking movement. You then move your feet moving, go up through your core, and then shake everything out through your head.”
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