We’ve always recommended deep plum shades on the lips for fall. But, for those who prefer a muted lip or like to pull focus to the eyes, try switching to mid-tone plums and dusky pinks for a soft look. Then create interest with a mix of textures.

Mesmerizing metallic eyes look surprisingly fresh when balanced with a matte complexion and creamy cheek and lips.

Here’s our step-by-step guide using our brushes from the new Blend + Blur collection:

Soft Matte Coverage

+ Matte formulas only look good on healthy hydrated skin, so it’s crucial to treat your skin before applying coverage. Sweep your face lotion over face and neck and allow it to absorb into your skin for 2-5 minutes. Then, take a dollop of primer onto your Blend + Blur foundation brush and buff over skin.

+ Squeeze a few drops of a matte finish foundation (like Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation) on the center of your Blend + Blur foundation brush and smooth over skin using circular motions around the contours of your face. Build coverage where needed using small circles, then glide over surrounding area with a larger circle for a seamless finish.

Alluring Eyes

+ Layer a cream and powder shadow to build a long-lasting, multi-dimensional look. Take a muted plum cream shadow (like Maybelline New York Eyestudio ColorTattoo Leather 24HR cream gel eye shadow in Vintage Plum) and sweep over your lower lid with your Blend + Blur shadow brush blending up into the orbital bone.

+ Choose a similar metallic plum powder shadow (try Kiko Metallic Finish Loose Eyeshadow in 04-Purple Mind) and press over the center of your eye with your shading brush for a halo effect, or over entire lid for a seamless, shimmery eye.

+ Run a black pencil liner over the lash line and use your smudge brush to blend along the root of your lashes. For a sultry pop, sweep liner along the upper and lower water lines.

Dewy Finish

+ Balance the matte finish with a glowy cheek: take a dusky pink or plum creamy blush (try MAC Casual Color in Red Obsessed) onto the center of your Blend + Blur cheek brush and glide over the apples of the cheeks and up the cheekbone with small circular strokes.

+ Add a soft-focus glow with a creamy highlighter (like Bobbi Brown Cream Glow Highlighter). Buff over the high points of your cheekbone with your Blend + Blur cheek brushblending the edges out into the blush.

+ Finish with a swipe of creamy lip color in the plum family (try NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Angel Food).