September has arrived, and while technically fall doesn't start until later in the month -- I consider the summer to be over. Bummer, I know. It was a good one, right? I don't know where you are in the country, but here in Richmond, it wasn't bad at all. We're used to a week or two (or more) of 100+ temperatures, but we didn't get that this year. And, this year, I fully embraced the summer time with bright lipstick, neon pink pants, and shorts.
Alas, as much as I enjoyed summer this year, fall is my. favorite. season. ever. The crisp, cool air, the smell of bonfires, light sweaters, the beginning of boot season (!!!), fall television, turning off the A/C... it's just all the best. I look forward to the first night that we light up the fireplace and put on our slippers. And the moment the forecast for the day shows a high in the sixties, my leather boots will be on my feet.
Accompanying the transition into fall will be a transition in my beauty routine because, let's face it, Shocking Coral is not a fall lipstick color, am I right? Every part of your beauty regimen will probably be changing in the next month or two, from makeup colors to hair to skin care and nail polish. So lemme tell you what's up this fall.
Fall Beauty: Makeup
Typically, colors this season are going to be all about the wines, plums, mauves, and roses. Each year you'll find new "trends," but these are your classic fall shades. Don't worry if you feel like you can't pull these colors off; sheer is the word of the season. No need for a heavy lip! Just a beautiful wash of color on the lips will bring you into the season; it ain't winter yet! Maybelline has a line of sheer lipsticks called Color Whisper, and they have some beautiful fall colors! I also love Maybelline lipstick... it's what I use almost exclusively in my makeup kit.
As for your eyes, I think that grey is beautiful with these plummy, wine colors; try some matte grey eyeshadow, like Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe. You can also go in the direction of neutral-to-warm browns and pinky, mauve-y eye colors. Switch up your eyeliner and/or mascara for something more plummy, like Clinique Chubby Lash mascara in Portly Plum. Use caution when water is involved, though: tears or rain will make you look like your eyes are bleeding. Yikes!
As for the face, you might want to opt for a little more coverage than the summer. You can transition your BB and CC creams from "foundation" status to "primer" status, then layer on top of it a medium-coverage foundation. My favorite (favorite!) is Revlon ColorStay whipped creme foundation (see below). On the cheeks, neutral, brown- and peach-toned blushes will complement your wine hues better than a pink blush will. Try to stick to a matte formula, and leave the shimmer to the summer.
As always, there are no rules for makeup, but fall is a transition from summer to winter; makeup goes the same way, falling somewhere between the bright, shimmery colors of summer and the dark, matte colors of winter.
See below for some product inspiration!
1. Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready, $7.49
2. Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup in Sand Beige (I think?), $13.99
3. Maybelline Great Lash limited edition color mascara in So Very Berry is no longer available, so try Clinique Chubby Lash mascara in Portly Plum, $17
Fall Beauty: Hair
As a hairstylist, this is my favorite time of year for color. In the spring, everyone comes in for their highlights; in the fall, people start going darker. I've always been a fan of a beautiful, rich brown; I just think it's gorgeous and flattering.
In the same way that you might like to go lighter in the summer, think about going darker this fall. For those of you who stick with one-color processing (all-over color), this is easy, and you can just tell your stylist you'd like to go a little bit darker. It's common to do warm, auburn browns, and those are always beautiful, but this season I'm leaning toward neutral. Not golden brown, not reddish brown, not cool brown; just a perfect brown, right in the middle.
Blondes, don't get scared: I'm not telling you to go brown. But consider adding in a lowlight to darken the overall effect, or even toning it a slight bit darker than usual. Don't be afraid! Blondes can transition from summer to fall, too.
As for style, I tend to extend the braid trend into the fall. Love a fall braid. Braids were cute and fun for summer, but for fall, I see them as being classic and, at the same time, funky. Once you get the hang of them, braids are super simple to do. Pinterest is loaded with braids -- so here is some braid inspiration for you!
Fall Beauty: Nails
Nail trends are going to follow makeup trends in that berries, wines, and plums will be really great fall colors, but the nice thing about nails is you can branch out a bit more. Every year, grey is a more popular nail color: look for steel greys and almost-black greys. I also think, if you like the accent nail thing, that grey and plum are pretty together; try a plum accent finger on a grey manicure, or vice versa.
Also popular in the last few years -- a cool trend, in my opinion -- is the matte nail. There are more and more companies making matte polishes, but save yourself some money (unless you just fall in love with a particular matte color) and buy yourself Essie's matte about you top coat. Swipe it on over your favorite nail color and shabam! Matte nails.
2. Essie nail color in Smokin' Hot, $7.49
3. Essie Matte About You, $10
Fall Beauty: Skin Care
The biggest thing to think about when transitioning skin care from summer to fall is that as the weather gets cooler, it also gets dryer. Hopefully you already know this, but typically you can't use the same moisturizer all year! In the warm, summer months, you need a light, hydrating moisturizer. Then, when it gets cooler and dryer, switch to a heavier moisturizer that will take care of your thirsty skin.
One thing that should never, ever change about your skin care: always use a sunscreen! The best option is to have a separate sunscreen that you apply, but at the very least, use a moisturizer (and foundation!) with SPF.
Don't forget the eye cream!
1. Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream (love this stuff), $11.39
3. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream (no SPF, but I love this stuff!), $55
What's your favorite way to transition from summer to fall?
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