Three Simple And 40+ Friendly Ways to Update Your Fall Makeup Routine

Let’s face it (pun intended), the beauty industry doesn’t really consider us over 40 ladies when they announce a season’s new makeup trends. This fall’s makeup trends are no different. So, while fall 2022 runways are featuring bold and edgy looks, we’ll probably be sitting out most of them. I personally don’t think I’ll be adding crystal embellishments to a stark graphic eye look. Nor will I be sporting vinyl lips, nor bleaching my brows. But hey, as with fashion, it’s all subjective, so you do you!

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Fall Makeup Trends

Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to update your fall makeup routine that are aligned with the fall trends. For example, makeup is expected to be dialed back to a softer, more ethereal vibe. Lips, on the other hand, will most likely be punched-up with bold hues and matte finishes. But you don’t have to be so precise in application. I’ve created a handy list to refer to for the coolest—and most wearable—fall makeup trends to try when sweater weather comes around.

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Less is More Foundation

One specific makeup trend this fall that is particularly appealing to me, and very over-40-friendly, is the move toward natural-looking skin. Finally! Set aside your matte, full-coverage foundations and thick concealers, if you haven’t already, and switch to skin tints and sheer, lightweight formulas for your base makeup. Fall is usually associated with layering, but this season, we’re keeping it lighter and fresher. I love this trend because it allows you to embrace your skin instead of hiding it under all that coverage. And let’s be honest—it’s about time we stop acting like pores don’t exist. To get that natural skin-like finish that complements your natural complexion, check out some of my lightweight faves!
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation SPF 15
Iconic London Radiance Complexion Booster
Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Tint Tinted Moisturizer
Vapour Soft Focus Foundation
Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Dewy Foundation Drops

Burnt Blush

The bright, sunburnt blush trend that took over cheeks this summer evolves into “burnt blush” for fall. This trend is fairly easy to achieve because it’s more about the color, rather than looking like you’re not wearing enough SPF. To ace this makeup look, you’ll want to pick out blushes in terracotta, brick, and peachy hues instead of the popular summer tangerine and rose shades. Think more about the changing colors of leaves rather than fresh flowers and fruit. For the burnt blush effect, add your blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend across the bridge of your nose and under your eyes. This placement brings a little warmth and color to your complexion—perfect for fall.
Benefit Cosmetics Wanderful Blush in Terra
Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Joyful
Melt Cosmetics Cream Blushlight in Sandy Cheeks
Tower 28 Beauty Lip + Cheek Cream Blush in Power Hour
Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Stick in Bichette

Blurred Lips

Don’t worry ladies, a bold lip with lip liner will never go out of style! But some days call for a low-maintenance and effortless pop of color. That’s where the blurred lips trend literally shines. In line with the low-maintenance foundation and burnt blush trends—not-so-precise lips are a fun alternative. I recommend applying the lip color with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush to nail this look. You can easily build sheer layers of color to create a lasting stain and control the level of pigment desired.
Chanel Rouge Allure Matte Liquid Lip Color
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
Dior Rouge Dior Refillable Lipstick
Kjaer Weis Matte Naturally Liquid Lipstick
Rare Beauty Kind Words Matte Lipstick

Bonus Trend: Cream Products Craze

Cream everything is the preferred makeup consistency for fall. The comeback of cream products is most likely because dewy skin is in. Nothing truly brings out that glowing sheen to your complexion like a cream blush, bronzer, and highlighter. Plus, cream products play very nicely with the less-is-more foundation trend. So, if you haven’t already added cream products to your collection, let me help you out with some of these gorgeous suggestions!
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer
Iconic London Illuminator Liquid Highlight
NARS Laguna Bronzing Cream
Saie Dew Balm Bouncy Marshmallow Highlighter
Vapour Beauty Highlight Stick
Amit Bloom, lifestyle writer Busbee Style
Amit Bloom
Amit is a loyal subscriber turned contributor from Miami, where she founded and edited an award-winning lifestyle magazine for over 20 years. The loves of her life are her husband and their two fiercely independent and creative kids. She has been known, however, to proclaim that her favorite child is their Shiba Inu, Zac.
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  1. Hi Erin, I am a new subscriber and just wanted to tell you how much I love your style. Since discovering your YouTube videos and blog I have become a little more adventurous with my wardrobe choices. I look forward to every Wednesday and Friday to see what you have in store for us. Thanks for pushing me along into new style directions!

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