Fall 2015 Beauty Trends

Fall 2015 Beauty Trends

So we’ve talked about fall fashion and accessory trends; now let’s turn our attention to grooming. Because just as clothing and accessories change every six months, so do hair and makeup. If you want to look current without spending a lot, freshening up your beauty routine is an easy way to do it.

Start with your health. Beautiful skin, bouncy hair, and healthy nails are always in style.

Once you’ve got those down pat, here are the easiest-to-implement beauty trends for Fall, 2015:


Whether you have long, short, or shoulder-length hair, there’s something for everyone this season.

Pixie Cut

Pixies are sleek and daring. But they also require regular trips to the salon. If you (or your budget) are hit-or-miss with this kind of maintenance, try a longer length instead.

Pixie Haircut


Sleek Bob

A blunt-cut bob always looks cutting edge and is a chic way to go if you have straight hair.

Sleek Bob



Bangs are back in a big way this year, and are one of the easiest ways to change your look. The bonus? Bangs draw attention to your eyes and can make you look younger.



The Swag

This updated version of the 1970s shag combines long waves with peekaboo bangs and is great for shoulder length and longer hair. It’s also one of the most popular styles of 2015.

Video courtesy of PopSugar.com


Low, high, sleek, messy – ponytails were all over the runways this year. Simple and chic, this is one of the easiest trends to follow if you have shoulder length or longer hair.

Low Ponytail

Carolina Herrera Fall 2015
Photo courtesy of FashionWirePress.com


Updos are also very popular.  Buns, knots, chignons, French twists, and half up styles were all over the runways. Another easy way to change your look.

Hair Knot at Victoria BeckhamHair Knot
Victoria Beckham Fall 2015

Hair Twist at Hermes

Hair Twist
Hermès Fall 2015

Half Up at Blumarine

Half Up, Half Down
Blumarine Fall 2015

Photos courtesy of FashionWirePress.com


Prominent parts are also back in a big way. Try a simple part down the middle, or a side part with gel to hold hair in place.

Straight Parts as Calvin Klein

Middle Part
Calvin Klein Fall 2015

Side Part at BlumarineSide Part
Blumarine Fall 2015

Photos courtesy of FashionWirePress.com

Hair Ornaments

Jazz up your hair with a pretty headband, clip, or ponytail holder. Go glam for evenings, but keep it office-appropriate for work.

Hair ornaments at Alice + Olivia

Hair Ornaments
Alice + Olivia Fall 2015

Ponytail holder at Tanya Taylor

Ponytail Holder
Tanya Taylor Fall 2015

Photos courtesy of Elle.com


The two words you need to remember for makeup this season are:  eyes and lips. The trends are bold and dramatic, so do one or the other, but not both at the same time. You only want one focal point.

Dramatic Eyes

Dark, smoky eyes dominate this season, with a variety of new eyeliner looks coming off the runways.

Eyes at Monique Lhuillier

Dramatic Eyes at Monique Lhuillier

Eyeliner at Suno

Eyeliner at Suno

Eyes at Anna Sui

Eyes at Anna Sui

Photos courtesy of Imaxtree.com

If these looks are too dramatic for you, try simple eyeliner instead.  You can find lots of step-by-step tutorials on YouTube, including this one from makeup artist extraordinaire Alexys (Lex) Fleming of MadeULookByLex.com.

Video Courtesy of MadeYewLookTwice YouTube Channel

P.S.  Need some great Halloween makeup ideas?  Check out Lex’s jaw-dropping makeup special effects channel at MadeYewLook.

Dark Lips

Dark lips are super-popular this year, in whatever shade works best with your skin tone. Just remember that dark colors make whatever they’re put on look smaller, so if you have small or thin lips, skip this trend and play up your eyes instead.

Red Lips at Chanel

Red Lips at Chanel Fall 2015
Image courtesy of Chanel.com


Dark “Goth” Lips at Trussardi Fall 2015
Image courtesy of OperandiModa.com


Nails became a fascination during the recession when the economy tanked and money was tight. Women couldn’t afford a bunch of new clothes but they could splurge on a few bottles of nail polish to change things up.  These days creative, eye-catching nails continue to be popular, with dark and/or unusual colors enjoying the limelight this fall.

Nails as Derek Lam

Derek Lam

Nails at Costello Tagliapietra

Costello Tagliapietra
Photo courtesy of Essie

Nails at Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Also popular? Creative use of nail polish.

Nails as Tanya Taylor

Tanya Taylor

Nails at Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

Nails at Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

These are fun, whimsical looks, but not necessarily office-appropriate, particularly in conservative industries. Keep that in mind before unleashing your inner nail artist.

So…lots to choose from this season grooming-wise. You don’t have to do all of them, of course, but a new haircut and/or a new makeup routine can have you feeling trendy without spending a lot of money.

So what do you think?

Which fall beauty trends will you be trying?  Avoiding?  Why?  Sound off below.



  • Elizabeth

    Reply Reply October 3, 2015

    I am definitely the pixie or short hairstyle type. I understand the either eye or lip focal point and adhere to that. However, as a senior adult woman who wears glasses, what is a good principle for wearing eye makeup?

  • Magdalena

    Reply Reply October 4, 2015

    How do I tell my hair stylist to do a ‘swag’ cut? Would she understand what I’m talking about? I have naturally wavy hair, that tends to get frizzy. Haven’t had a bang in decades!

    • Diana

      Reply Reply October 10, 2015

      Hi Magdalena. Take a picture to show your hairstylist, or even use your iPhone to pull up the video in this article and have her watch it. Here’s that link.

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