As the light fashions of summer are replaced by the structured silhouettes of winter, a stronger makeup expression seems more fitting, with emphasis on boldly defined eyes and intense lip colors. When the nights draw in, smoldering eyes are more appealing, and foundation becomes less dewy, with richer hydrating formulas that keep moisture loss to a minimum. Here’s a step by step guide to a no-fail fall look:
Skin: Make sure your cleanser is non-drying – creams and oils are kinder than alcohol-based wipes for removing makeup, and water based cleanser should be non-soap based. Use an exfoliator twice a week to remove any dead skin. Increase your hydration by using a few drops of facial oil underneath your daily moisturizer and massage in an especially rich cream at night.
Base: Primers create a great base for foundations to glide onto the skin and help keep them in place all day. Try a foundation with a pink or pearlescent sheen and add radiance cream or highlighter. Use a dab of creamy peach or pink blush for a naturally flushed cheek.
Now, pick one, lips or eyes.
Eyes: In the cooler months smoky eyes come into their own. Choose two dark shades and blend them together, using a smudging brush for the best effect. Line the inner rims and highlight the corners and browbones with a lighter shadow such as silver. Using glitter, shimmer and metallics is a fun, eye-catching take on a classic look, while vivid colors with false lashes and bold eyeliner create extra drama. Try colors such as burnished gold, silver, jade or midnight blue.
Red Lips: With a shade to suit all complexions, red lips look chic and timeless. If you have fair hair and skin with pink tones, cooler reds will look best. Mediterranean and olive skins suit orange based reds and rich cherry red. Dark skin looks beautiful in a deeper burgundy.
Remember, the mood this fall is seductive, strong, intense even – don’t be afraid to let your inner beauty smolder.
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