4 Fall Eye Trends on a Budget

Hey friends!

Last week I shared with you some tips for getting 3 fall trends on a budget. Because we need money to buy all of our pumpkin spice things, not $35 blush.

This week I was inspired by an article from Harper Bazaar about Fall Beauty trends. I liked a lot of the eye trends they mentioned this season, but again I’m but a poor, humble grad student. (Also my workplace does not allow silver space eyes, sorry HB.)

So I’ve translated Harper Bazaar’s fall eye makeup trends into a language we cheap frugal buyers can understand.

Fall eye trends on a budget


Trend: Metallic Touches

Picture from Harper Bazaar

Picture from Harper Bazaar

HB states that a bit of metallic shine will be fantastic for eyes this season. I’ll be rocking this trend with metallic neutrals on my lid, because I am not allowed to go full on ’70’s at work. (To be honest, I’ve never tried, but I’m pretty sure it would be frowned upon.)

Beer budget picks:

Maybelline Color Tattoo

Maybelline Color Tattoos, $7, in Barely Branded, Bold Gold, Silver Strike, and Bad to the Bronze

These are creamy and long lasting. The color is very pigmented, just be careful because they set fast and can become crepe-y if you layer too much. (Learned from personal experience, it was not pretty.)


elf long lasting lustorus eyeshadow

e.l.f. Long-Lasting Lustorous Eyeshadow, $3, in Toast and Gala. ( I also like Soiree and Festivity, though they are not metallic nudes.)

These are a bouncy mousse like eye shadow that can be applied with your finger or a brush. They last almost as long as the Color Tattoos, and are shiny and pigmented.


Trend: Lash Out

Photo from Harper Bazaar

Photo from Harper Bazaar

I’m a little terrified of this trend because Harper Bazaar mentioned “spider lashes and doll-like” in the same sentence. That is a lot for me to achieve. I personally will just be focusing on pumping up the volume of my lashes this fall season. (Also I may finally teach myself to apply falsies? Maybe?)

Beer Budget Picks:

rimmel retro glam

Rimmel Retro Glam Mascara, $6

This is a recent mascara discovery of mine, and I am really enjoying it. It makes my lashes darker and thicker, (much like the ’60’s style it’s name suggests) with only a few coats.

covergirl lashblast

CoverGirl Lashblash Fusion, $7

I don’t own a lot of CoverGirl products, but I do love this mascara, and I’ve been using it for years now. I find it to be voluminizing without being clumpy, and it’s very easy to apply. (Look, I don’t know if you guys can tell, but I have some mascara application issues.)

colossal mascara

Maybelline The Colossal Volume, $6

This is a tried and true mascara of the interwebs. It’s drugstore voluminizing at it’s best.


Trend: Line Dance

Photo from Harper Bazaar

Photo from Harper Bazaar

According to HB, very defined eyes are in. This could mean two wings or even lower lash liner. It could also mean I will be a hot mess this fall because eyeliner is my makeup downfall. I’ll keep practicing…

Beer Budget Picks:

loreal eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible Gel Eyeliner, $9

This gel eyeliner is smooth and easy to use, I also actually like the brush it comes with. I haven’t had too many issues with smudging, so I think this eyeliner would be great for adding a fancy double wing or some other eyeliner trick.

nyc waterproof eyeliner pencil

NYC, Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, $3

This pencil is very creamy and glides on easily. My eyeliner always seems to transfer, but I find this pencil to be pretty long lasting and fairly smudge-free.

Trend: Color Theory

Photo from Harper Bazaar

Photo from Harper Bazaar

I am totally behind this fall trend, because I think it’s whimsical and fun. Harper Bazaar predicts that pushing the limits with color will be very in this fall season. As a working lady, I translate this to subtle pops of color or maybe a colorful shade on my lid, with subdued faced makeup.

Beer Budget Picks:

nyx jumbo

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, $5. My favorite colorful shades are Pure Violet, Peacock and Rocky Mountain Green.

The Jumbo Eye Pencils are my favorite for a bright line of color on my lid or lash line. I do like to use primer with mine, I feel it helps it glide on easier and last longer.

loreal infallible

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow, $8, in Endless Sea, Glistening Garnet, Perpetual Purple, Infinite Sky, and more.

I’ve mentioned that I really like the L’Oreal Shade in Amber Rush, but their colorful shades are really beautiful and they last a long time. Like a scary amount of time, I wore Iced Latte for 13 hours once. (For a cruelty-free color option check out my ColourPop posts, PS.)

Overall, I think all of these trends can be easily incorporated into non-fashion models’, (such as myself), daily lives and looks. I would probably recommend not wearing all four at once, but who knows? Maybe you would be the Ultimate Trendy Person.

Questions of the Day:
-What do you think of Harper Bazaar’s Fall Beauty Trends?
-Would you wear any of these?
-Would you wear all four at once? I don’t think this can be done, but I’m open to suggestions.








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