As the leaves fall and the air gets crisp, the bronzed complexions and the beachy fun colors we adored all summer suddenly look wrong. Put them away until next summer (or for use on that Caribbean cruise in February), and welcome fall with a fresh face that’s polished, put together, pretty and confident.
Luminosity Is Key
The best makeup looks start with good skin, and along with changing our colors, we also need to change our skin care routine when the season changes. For fall, luminosity is key. Skin brighteners are currently the most popular treatment products being used. While we all know that wrinkles age us, many forget that those little spots and discolorations can add years to our looks, as well. A clean, clear bright complexion not only takes years away, but looks especially pretty in the fall when we’re not going for the summertime "kissed by the sun" bronzed look.
The new Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (pictured, $34 at Boscia) is a black gel mask that will exfoliate, purify and brighten skin -- a great item to use once a week. Then, for daily use, use Clarins Intensive Brightening Smoothing Serum (pictured, $68 at Clarins) to help brighten skin and bring out luminosity.
Don't Forget to Moisturize
This time of year calls for a more intense moisturizer and eye cream. The all-natural, high-quality products from Amala will keep skin really hydrated and protected. Try Amala Hydrating Face Cream ($68 at Amala) and Amala Hydrating Eye Treatment (pictured, $88 Amala).
Go Chic and Polished
So with brightened, smoothed and moisturized skin, we're now ready to create a makeup look that’s put together, polished and so chic that your friends will ask, "Who did your makeup?" I called upon two makeup artists and got them to talk to me between making up models during photo shoots…
Sarah Lucero, Stila Cosmetics pro artist, says, "Just as fall is a time to add layers to your clothes, you should also add more layers and textures to your makeup. Summer is all about a natural glow, and fall is a time for bold, matte colors and smoky jewel tones". With 37 high quality colors at your fingertips, the Stila Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette (pictured, $38 at Sephora) makes the popular smoky eye that Lucero raves about -- easy for anyone to achieve. Nothing could be bolder than both the retro cat eye, a la Mad Men style beautifully achieved with the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (pictured, $20 at Sephora.com). With a steady hand, start at the inner corner and work your way across the lid staying as close to the lash line as possible. Once you've got that, widen the line at the outer corners for '60s sass!
Ditch Summer, Go Dark!
I asked Carmindy, of Style's What Not to Wear and creator of Sally Hansen Natural Beauty by Carmindy, why summer looks won't work going into fall, and she explained, "It just looks out of place. It looks as if you're trying too hard to hold on to a tan beachy look and when worn with a sweater looks odd. You should look more polished and sophisticated with the new heavier wardrobe." It makes total sense. What works with pastel linen, looks weird with dark cashmere.
Carmindy agrees that the cat eye look is on trend, especially for evening, and for day she likes a softer brown eye shadow and a sheer orange lip. Her tips for the hottest eye shadow shades are purple, khaki green and browns. For lips, the trend is red, orange and sparkling nudes. Try her Forever Stay Eyeliner in Pure Plum (pictured, $7.50 at Amazon) for a no fail fall look. For night time, vamp it up with liquid black eyeliner and iconic red lips. Try Natural Comfort Inspired by Carmindy Soft Red Lipstick (pictured, $15 at Amazon)
Finish off with a thick coating of mascara, such as Peter Thomas Roth Lashes for Die For (pictured, $22 at Peter Thomas Roth) in black. Or, for an even more au courant look, try a dark jewel toned mascara, such as Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Purple (pictured, $30 at Chanel).
Don't know if you can pull off the plum eyeliner? Test it out on our Virtual Makeover!