As someone who’s always cold, I cringe when summer ends and I have to start wearing jackets, layering, and remotely starting my car (heat pre-set on high!). One thing I do love about the fall season though, is the colour pallet: burgundy, red, earthy brown, all colours that can flatter nearly every skin tone. I wanted to share some of my favourite products for fall, some of which I use all year round, and others that I’ve just discovered. Let’s get started!
1. Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino-$9.00
This brand is becoming one of my favourites, and though harder to find in Canada, you can purchase their products online through Well.ca, or from the Milani website (or, if you’re planning a cross-border shopping trip, you can find it at Walgreens, CVS, or Target). Their products are nicely packaged, highly pigmented, and affordable. This blush, in the colour “Red Vino”, is a beautiful shimmery-red tone, making it perfect for both fall and the holiday season. One tip: a little bit of this product goes a long way, so be sure to apply it with a light hand and then blend, blend, blend! Don’t be scared of a red-toned blush, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the glow it can give your skin.
2. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow– $26.00
When the colder seasons are upon us, makeup styles tend to become bolder and richer, and in order to balance the look, your brows should follow suit. This is a new product that I decided to try out, and fell in love with. Essentially, it is a fibre-gel brow product that applies with a mascara-type wand, and takes all the work out of using a pencil to fill in your brows. For me, it lasted all day, and also kept my brows in shape, eliminating the need for a clear brow gel as well (two birds with one stone, so to speak). This product comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark (I naturally have medium brown hair, and use the Medium/Dark shade). In an effort to look younger or more youthful, many professional makeup artists swear by the step of simply filling out your brows. This product makes it quick (and even fun) to achieve this with very little effort.
3. Clinique All About Shadow in Black Honey-$19.00
I’ve expressed my love before for the highly-popular Black Honey collection that Clinique sells. This time, I’m swooning over their eye shadow version of the rich, shimmery, plumy-brown colour. When paired with a rose gold or champagne-toned base (I used Clinique’s shadow in Lucky Penny), this darker tone becomes surprisingly natural and wearable for every day. Layer it with a heavier hand, and it becomes a beautiful, rich, smoky eye. As someone who used to suffer from frequent adverse reactions from my eye makeup, I also love that Clinique’s products are hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Other fall-ready colours I recommend from Clinique? Daybreak, Olive in My Martini, and Deep Dive. Check them all out, here.
A product that I wear nearly every day, all year long, is this creamy, long lasting almond-tone eyeliner which I apply to my waterline (the smooth area just above your bottom lash line). This little trick is a proven way to make your eyes look brighter and more awake, perfect for those fall days when you could have used a few extra hours of sleep! (Tip: to prevent any eye irritations, be sure to frequently clean the eyeliner you use on your waterline.) This product applies smoothly and even comes with it’s own hidden sharpener. If you prefer an even bolder look, try using a white pencil instead.
I feel as though a lip colour can completely change your entire look for the day. Pair a neutral eye with a neutral lip for an easy work-ready look, then simply swap out the lip product for a rich red or burgundy, and you’re ready to hit the town. For fall, I’m loving wine-coloured, bold tones, including this gloss by Revlon. A tip to keep your bold lips looking great all day? Line the outside of your lips with a little concealer after applying lipstick or gloss, and watch how much more they stand out!
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald