So Summer is coming to an end and Autumn here up North is slowly creeping up on us. Now, I wont pretend to be disappointed, I have been dying to wear my deeper, autumnal shades. Don’t get me wrong, Summer looks are beautiful but colours that are associated with this time of the year compliment my complexion; allowing me to experiment with a variety of looks.
A deep skincare routine is an essential for this time of year. As the weather gets cooler, my skin turns dry and is desperate for some serious nourishment. My recommendation is to purchase a variety of creams that are formulated towards your skin type, night creams, day creams, serums and moisturisers- the works! Some of you may think this is too extreme, but trust me it is worth the money. If your skin is out of balance and not treat correctly, no matter how expensive your base products are it will not be seamless. Night cream, I love No7 protect and perfect as you wake up with brighter, nourished skin. Day creams, now I wouldn’t personally recommend a heavy day cream if you intend to apply layers of products as it is just another texture which will build up. But, even on days where you don’t want to wear make up don’t neglect your skin, add a thin layer of cream to rest on your skin all day and you will definitely notice the difference! Eye Serums are a must for me, No7 youthful serum is an amazing eye cream to smooth out any possibility of dry patches or creasing under the eyes. Last but not least, moisturiser, a must for any collection! If you’re layering your skin with creams, liquids, powders ect without a base protector your skin will dry out, especially in this weather; therefore your make up will not look its best.
For my base make up, in all honesty I do not make many drastic changes. If you like to wear BB creams or tinted moisturisers in Summer, switch these up for a cream or liquid foundation for a fuller coverage which will with stand the rain and wind. Another transition will be switching a heavy bronzed complexion to a paler, flushed look. I will still add a light dusting on bronzer to bring life and dimension but in general I much prefer to use a deep, plum toned blusher to warm up the face. Going with the latest trends, of course highlighter cannot be missed out. As there is a lack of sunlight, dull skin can be an outcome so by adding a light dusting of shimmer on top of the blush can help brighten up the complexion. Of course, if you’re still a fan of bright, blinding highlight built up on your cheek bones then go for it, but personally, especially at this time of the year I prefer a slight matte finish. To tie the highlighter in nicely with the blush tones, my No7 shimmer palette is perfect as a champagne, peach glow is lovely when combined with a deep toned cheek.
The eyes, one of my favourite transitions. Although I do love bronzed, simple sultry eyes I absolutely love a soft, smoky eye with deep tones including a mix of warm neutrals to rich, berry tones that look amazing on any eye colour. If you don’t own any berry toned shadows, simply use abit of your deeper blush to your eye look to tie the whole look together! To transition an autumn look from day to night I like to add eyeliner to widen my eyes as sometimes heavy shadow can give the appearance of smaller eyes. I do love using a liquid eyeliner as it allows you to create a sharp, crisp line but if you really want to enhance that soft, smoky look then a gel liner is great as you can smudge it slightly into the shadow; allowing you to create definition towards the base and wing but smudged up with the shadow the create a seamless look.
The lips, no doubt my favourite transition! Out with the bright corals, pale pinks, sheer formulas and in with the deep berries, dark browns and matte finishes. I absolutely adore dark shades on the lip but they don’t work for everyone. If you have very thin lips or just simple scared of going all out and wearing a dark, matte lip then maybe try a sheerer dark toned lip. For my matte, autumn go to shades I always gravitate to my Estee Lauder Matte Envy and my Yves Saint Laurent Matte Rouge Couture. As an alternative, Yves Saint Laurent Couture Glossy Lip stain alongside Topshop’s sheer lipstick. The only problem with sheer, deep colours is that they are prone to apply patchy but with lip liner and a small, liner layer smudged into the lips they can look lovely for a natural shade while sticking to an autumnal colour palette.
So there are a few ideas for transitioning your make up from Summer to Autumn. Of course, there are no rules to make up; if you like to rock the bronzed goddess look all year round than stick to it but if you’re looking to adapt to this time of the year than I hope this Blog has helped.
Thanks for reading,