Happy Monday! I don't know about you, but fall is my absolute favorite season. There's something about the cool crisp air, scents of pumpkin spice, snuggling up in oversized sweaters, and trees painted orange red & yellow that makes my heart happy.
I've had several requests for my favorite fall makeup looks, so here are two different easy styles that will go with pretty much any scarf, sweater, or hat you choose :)
#1 is a very natural look, focusing on your skin. As the weather changes, your skin is more prone to dry spots. Dry skin will cause your foundation to get flaky or break apart throughout the day, which isn't a cute look on anyone. To help avoid this, make sure you're using a moisturizer before bed and in the morning after washing your face. My favorite is Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel from Clinique. I also like to use my Clarisonic Mia 2 at night, then apply a special night cream meant for deep moisturizing.
I prefer a luminous foundation, especially during these colder months. It'll give you a natural looking glow and make your skin looks fresh and healthy. Add a highlighter to the tops of your cheek bones, under your eyebrows, and across the bridge of your nose. I use Laura Mercier's Matte Radiance Baked Powder - goooorgeous! I added a touch of MAC's Matte Bronzer under my cheek bones, but use a light hand. Remember, we're going for a fresh, natural look! For my eyes, I used warm and neutral browns from my Morphe warm palette to add depth paired with either brown or black eyeliner. For this look, I used a black eyeliner pen and smudged it out to keep everything looking soft. I added a nude lipstick and clear gloss for my lips, then sprayed my whole face with MAC Fix Plus to set everything.
#2 I wanted to add some color, so I did a darker smokey eye with a bright red lip. I used the same face prep as described in look #1 as well as the same browns, but added a little black in my crease & lower lash line and used a gel liner. I know black can look scary on your brush, but use a light hand when applying and blend it out for a dramatic crease. The key is to keep it in the outer corner of your crease and blend, blend, blend. Then blend some more.
I recently discovered Revlon's Colorstay Overtime lip color and have mixed feelings about them. Some colors are perfect and stay put for hours and hours and hours. Others tend to break apart and get flaky. I think the key is having moisturized lips, but not to the point where if you kiss someone, they'll slip right off your lips. BUT, if you're trying to save money and get a long-wearing lipstick, I would recommend them. Well worth the money ($8.00), but may take trial and error to find what works best for you. I've started using Mary Kay's Lip Mask to smooth out my lips then applying the Lip Moisturizer before starting my makeup to give it a chance to hydrate my lips. I'm wearing Ultimate Wine for this look - perfect shade for a warm deep red.