There’s no muse quite as infinite or alluring as Mother Nature. With her majestic landscapes and cotton candy sunsets, she sparks a sense of awe that benefits our mental health and—as the greatest poets and artists can attest to—makes us more creative. So we’re extending the canvas to… your face. What better way to be one with the earth than to wear makeup inspired by its most sublime phenomena?
Makeup by Mother Nature
…and by makeup artist Julia Joseph, who took our earthy inspo and translated it to the human face. Here, her steps for replicating fall’s dreamiest looks at home.
A good breeze: the key to tousled, devil-may-care hair, and the quickest route to swept-up arches, which not only appear thicker but, thanks to the visual lift, leave you looking fresher and more awake.
- Using a Spoolie, sweep hairs to stand at a 45-degree angle.
- Draw small strokes upward with a pencil, such as Burt’s Bees Brow Pencil ($10, amazon.com), to fill in patchy spots.
- Sweep a dot of highlighter, like Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38, nordstrom.com), under hairs to make brows look lifted.
- Hold the look in place with a clear brow gel, such as Mary Kay Brow Gel ($16, amazon.com).
Like air vapors before they drench the ground—darker on the horizon and lighter toward the heavens—these lids are moody-beautiful. The blue-gray mist is most concentrated at the lashes, making eyes look larger and more defined.
- Dot some concealer on your lids to even out their tone and prevent shadow creasing.
- Using a densely packed shadow brush, shade a pale blue powder up to just below your brow. Try Kryolan Viva Matt Eye Shadow in Sage Blossom ($14, us.kryolan.com).
- Repeat with a sooty gray hue, such as Kryolan Eye Shadow Matt in Stone ($13, us.kryolan.com). Make sure the shadows get softer above your crease; color should be most concentrated on your lids.
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Set your pink blush aside. A dusting of tawny bronzer on the apples and cheekbones gives skin an earthy flush reminiscent of the sands that extend across the Sahara—they glow a faint amber under the sun.
- Select a bronzer that’s more brown, less orange, and light on the shimmer, like By Terry Compact-Expert Dual Powder in Choco Vanilla ($46, nordstrom.com).
- Sweep it onto the apples of your cheeks using a fluffy blush brush. Then blend it out and up along the cheekbones so that it gradually gets lighter. (Dab a little on your lids for a monochromatic feel.)
- Keep color above your cheeks’ hollows; otherwise, it could pull your face downward.
When glitter is haphazardly placed on lids, it follows the pattern of the night sky—stars vary in size and in color. This true evening look lends a celestial gleam that leaves eyes sparkly, yet grown-up.
- Apply a coat of a clear glitter adhesive, such as lit Cosmetics Glitter Base ($23, litcosmetics.com), to the lid using a cotton swab.
- Mix large flecks of silver glitter with small flecks of bronze glitter in your palm. Try Make Up For Ever Large Size Glitters in Silver ($40, makeupforever.com) and OCC Cosmetic Glitter in Beige ($15, nordstrom.com).
- Place them on your lid using your pinkie, focusing the most flecks at the outer edges of your eyes.
As the sun descends, we see swirling pinks, oranges, and reds that blur into one another because of the way light scatters and enters the atmosphere. A similar ever-so-subtle ombre fade creates a plumping effect on lips.
- Outline and then fill in your lips using a flesh-toned pencil (pencils are less likely to budge than lipstick). Try Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lip Liner in Borderline ($22, bareminerals.com).
- With a strawberry lip pencil, such as L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Matte in Manhattan ($7, amazon.com), sketch from the center of your lip out, on top and then bottom, letting the color get thinner toward the edges of the mouth. Finger-tap to blend it out.