With fall rolling in at lightning speed, there’s no time like the present to reflect on summer’s biggest beauty trends—and trace the ones that we’ll be carrying with us into next season. Considering a transformative chop to pair with a crisp new cashmere knit? Look no further than Kim Kardashian West’s neck-revealing cut, which acted as the ultimate heat wave–approved cool-down tactic over the last few months. Or, if an electrically charged eyeshadow sparks your fancy, let Cara Delevingne be your colorful guide. From bombshell leg reveals to long mermaid waves, here are six breakout beauty trends that ruled the season, and how to wear them as the weather cools.
The French Manicure
This season saw a comeback of everything ’90s, and with all those sexy cardigans and heeled flip-flops came the French manicure. The so-good-but-so-bad blanche-painted trend was displayed by almost every It girl, from Beyoncé to Bella Hadid, and is likely to pair just as well with long cashmere sleeves as it did with one-piece suits this summer.
After a spring chock full of splashy pastel shadow statements, this summer gave way to a whole new host of eye-catching shades. There were Katy Perry’s baby blue lids, expertly paired with a bright neon jumpsuit, and Cara Delevingne’s rainbow pink and yellow kaleidoscope eyes that are becoming something of a signature for the model. Consider the technicolor wash the cure for fall makeup boredom.
Extra-Long Mermaid Lengths
Whether finished off with a curling iron or left to the wind, waist-grazing hair became the effortless style of the summer. Case in point: Ciara’s breezy island waves, perfect for a weekend in paradise, and Kylie Jenner’s mermaid-inspired waves—both will look equally as cool cascading down a camel-colored peacoat come October.
The Bombshell Leg Reveal
There was one standout trend that swept practically every red carpet from Cannes to Calabasas: the bombshell leg reveal. An ageless flash of a limb was mastered with megawatt confidence by Chrissy Teigen, Andie MacDowell, Selena Gomez, and many more. Pair your autumn ankle boots with a bit of body bronzer to transition the look to fall.
Is there anything more transformative than a radical seasonal haircut? Kicking off the summer in style, Kim Kardashian West ditched the extensions in favor of a sleek bob, then Tessa Thompson and Sophie Turner followed suit. Even as long hair has a moment, the choppy length continues to be favored by cool girls with a certain je ne sais quoi.
Neon Green Nails
While a leg-lengthening nude pedicure is perennially appropriate, this summer saw the resurgence of a rather surprising shade. Lime green arrived on the nails of Hollywood’s finest, as Cardi B stepped onto the red carpet with her toes painted the shocking hue, and Hailey Bieber jetted off to Jamaica with her own version of the verdant tips. We’re calling it—this is just the warm-up for the Kermit-approved shade.