Fall is the season that lies in between Summer and Winter. It is also a season filled with an array of fluctuations that range from climate change to actual variations in makeup. The reality is, because Fall is quite diverse and varies upon demographic, I have decided to let you in on my beauty secret and give you some of the best Fall makeup tips you will ever know.
DO use a foundation primer. Just because it isn’t Summer doesn’t mean you should not use products that you should use during that season. Primer is a much needed necessity all year round. It prevents your makeup from vanishing, as it creates a shield that allows your makeup to go on impeccably. I notice that when I don’t use a foundation primer, my makeup tends to fade away. If you are looking for a good foundation primer, I truly recommend Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer as it works incredibly.
DO NOT use a powder based foundation. If it were Summer, this would be a lot different, but because it is Fall, this type of foundation is no longer needed. Mineral makeup possesses an array of ingredients that are prone to those with oilier skin rather than normal, dry, or combination. The climate changes, as does the humidity and therefore; if you are going to use a foundation try something that is more liquid or crème based rather than powder based. Using a powder based foundation in the Fall can cause a variety of reactions to your skin, especially if your skin is more on the dry side.
DO wear neutral and warm based blushes. Not everyone wears blush. In fact, some women simply skip it. If you are going to wear a blush, find one that is more neutral and warm based, rather than cool based. If your skin is cool based, choose something more neutral rather than warm. If you are skin is warm based, choose a blush that is warm or neutral based. If you are having bad luck finding a warm or neutral based blush, I definitely recommend MAC’s Cosmetics Blush in Buff or Harmony.
DO NOT wear luminizer during the day. Luminizer is a multi-use product, but using too much can be quite dramatic. Too much of this product can actually make your face appear greasy and oily. The key to using luminizer is simply wearing it in the evening and night, rather than during the day.
DO use eye shadow primer. Just because it is Fall, doesn’t mean that you will not sweat and your makeup doesn’t have a tendency to fade, smudge, or crease. In fact, because Fall diverges upon demographic and climate varies based on the environment and location, you will realize that primer is a much needed necessity. If you are unsure of what a primer is, it’s basically a product that works as a sealer that prevents your makeup from making a mess and/or fading. A popular eye shadow primer is definitely Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
DO NOT line your eyes using a white eye liner. Some makeup artists have discovered that if you line your eyes with a white liner, it will make your eyes “pop”. The reality is, this is wrong. In fact, it is so wrong that this trick doesn’t work on everyone and will give the reverse effect that one intends to achieve. Instead, use a liner that is close to your skin tone, but a shade lighter. If you use this method, you are destined to brighten your eyes without looking severe.
DO use neutral and warm based eye shadows. There is nothing wrong with using a cool color or two to achieve a nice, yet fun Fall look, however; Fall is notorious for emphasizing on those shades that appear more natural, which tend to be neutral and warm based. This means more brown and beige and less blue and pink. If you are unsure of what a neutral or warm based eye shadow actually is, look for colors that are less dramatic with more of a yellow or green undertone rather than pink or rose undertone. A good example of a neutral, yet warm based eye shadow is definitely Urban Decay’s NAKED Basics palette which includes six stunning neutral based eye shadows.
DO NOT limit the amount of eye shadow you wear. Whether you want to rock a smoky eye or simply embrace your natural beauty, it is entirely up to you. There is no rule that says you must wear one shade or four shades, let alone a lot of one product or minimal. Wear the amount that works for you and makes you happy.
DO eye line your eyes after applying eye shadow. I know that some of you have a routine and you usually just apply your eyeliner before you apply your eye shadow. Although this may work, in the case of wearing it in Fall, it doesn’t. Because most of the colors you will use are neutral and warm based rather than cool based, you will want to line your eyes afterwards rather than before. Why? Because eye shadow can actually camouflage your eyeliner. Whether you use a retractable eye liner or a gel liner, the key is allowing your eyeliner to be visible, rather than hidden.
DO NOT wear heavy mascara on your bottom lashes during the day. I have noticed a lot of women trying to do this and it is wrong. Why? Because the mascara on your bottom lashes tends to smear during the day and as it fades off, it is quite liable to make a mess around the eye. You can apply black or brown or whatever color you want during the day, but avoid wearing mascara heavily on your bottom lashes. Instead, use a clear based lash mascara to accentuate.
DO wear mascara primer. Primer is one of the best products you will ever discover. It has a lot of benefits, including preventing your makeup from smudging or vanishing. The key to applying mascara primer is to coat the lashes generously. You don’t need a lot, but you don’t want to ignore the lashes either. A great lash primer is definitely Chanel’s Beaute Des Cils which works wonderfully.
DO NOT use a retractable pen or stand alone pencil to fill in your brows. You don’t want to use a pencil or a retractable pen to fill in your brows. Instead, you want to use something that is more gel or powder based. It’s much easier and appears more natural then a pen or pencil. Also, you want to get to choose a color that is as close to your eyebrows, as possible. I am obsessed with Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. If it means using a shade lighter or mixing and matching shades, so be it.
DO use lip primer. This is beneficial to just about everyone who wears lipstick and lip gloss, especially if you are a career woman that doesn’t want to have to worry about her lipstick or lip gloss fading during the day. Lip primer is also essential to those that want their lipstick and/or lip gloss to go on smoothly. A great lip primer is definitely Trish McEvoy’s Flawless Lip Primer.
DO NOT line your lips with a pencil lighter than your lipstick and/or lip gloss. I have to admit, I have been guilty of this, however; it is very wrong. Lining your lips is not rocket science. All you need is a shade that is the same color or a little darker as the product and/or products you intend to use. If you are going to line your lips with a nude shade of pencil when wearing a red lip, you might as well, skip this step altogether.
DO wear matte lipstick under your lip gloss during the day. Whether cool, neutral, or warm based, it is always good to use a matte lipstick under your lip gloss during the day. This makes your lip gloss appear more polished and allows your gloss to appear more visible. Kind of like a lab created gemstone vs. a natural gemstone.
DO NOT limit the amount of lip product you wear. Ones’ love is another’s hate, as ones’ hate is another’s love. You may love the look of lip gloss, however; those around you may not, as you may hate wearing lipstick, whereas; someone else may love it. Never limit the amount of lip product you wear, as if it is a good lip product, it will last long no matter how much you apply.