Sunday, October 11, 2009
Fall Beauty Tips for 2009
With fall now upon us it's time to re-think our makeup & beauty routine.
Lips tend to be a bit dryer now, so time to get out the lip balm & lose the bright pinks & corals from summer and switch to the cooler shades of plums, berries and deep reds for this fall.
For lip balms, I have a ton of them but I always turn to cherry Chapstick when my lips are their driest...it's economical, leaves just a touch of color on the lips, and it tastes great, too!
Purples, blood reds and almost black are huge shades for fall lip colors.
With vampires making their comeback in the media, makeup has reflected those changes. Think, pale skin, dark glossy cherry stained lips & plum shadows....that's your fall face, though they might not look best on everyone.
If you don't want to appear too ghoulish, try a sheer deep lip gloss, and keep your eye makeup neutral.
And... I must not forget one of my all time favorite lipliners, Chanel's Nude for autumn, but if you're looking to save some money, I suggest #666 (how appropriate for fall) lip liner from Wet 'N Wild which is almost identical & .99 cents!
The smoky eye is back with a vengeance!
Black, greys, silvers & purple shadows are all the rage, as are false eyelashes!
It's time to make the switch to deep plums, liners, shadows & mascara.
Luckily, these shades look best on everyone, and they can be found everywhere right now.
Ditch the spring peachey colors and reach for the deep rust shades, and put aside your lime greens of summer and replace them with emerald greens & khaki's and the yellows with gold.
Think fall leaves, golds, reds, deep browns, greens...those colors work best in your makeup palette now.
With fall, the skin needs a little more protection from the elements & also a little more moisture.
I do believe that the one beauty investment women should make, should be a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. This may take some trial and error until you find the right one. My own personal favorites for flawless skin include: Chanel, Laura Mercier & Armani.
But...If you are looking to save money, and like a little more coverage, I also love Revlon's Colorstay foundation. We've used it a lot in film and television, and the formula is very long lasting.
Skin also gets a little drier with the change of seasons, so sometimes it's necessary to switch foundations and add something with a little more moisture for this time of year.
I tend to like products that save time, especially in the morning, and tinted moisturizers do that for me. If you prefer a sheerer coverage in your foundation, you can either mix your current foundation with a few drops of moisturizer or just try one of my personal favorites, Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer- it's a moisturizer, foundation & sunscreen all in one.
Another trick to get the most mileage out of your foundation is to add a primer under your foundation to help your makeup stay on longer, glide on easier, & minimize pores and oil.
A good one is:
Cargo HD primer- which adds a touch of color to the skin as well.
And, remember, just because it's fall...you still need to use a SPF. Those rays may be a little further away, but they can still cause sun damage.
An instant wardrobe update for everyone of all ages this fall is to deepen your nail color....for less than 10.00 you can be instantly in style this fall!
Look for navy, purple, mahogany, wines & blacks.
My favorites are from OPI...I love the staying power & shine of these colors, not to mention their great names, but any great drugstore shade will do the trick!
Drier skin means one word...exfoliation!
You do not have to spend a lot of money on exfoliators when all you have to do is open your kitchen cupboard!
Reach for that box of Arm & Hammer baking soda & make a paste out of it using either water or witch hazel & gently scrub your skin.
It is one of the most economical products on the market & also the purest for skin.
Besides cleaning your skin, it can also be used to brush your teeth, remove hairspray build up and freshen your laundry!
Keep a box in your shower, and when your done beautifying yourself...scrub down your shower walls & floors, as baking soda is one of the greenest cleansers around!
...In summary, fall makeup is rich, deep, vibrant colors which may or may not work for everyone, but the key is to play up your best feature and add one or two new products to bring your current makeup routine up to fashion.
Your little black dress for fall may only need a fun nail polish, deep plum liner and lip gloss to bring your look up to date.
Makeup is fall's best kept secret accessory!