While fall brings so many changes to our wardrobe — think beautiful coats, leather boots, and colorful tights — so must our beauty routines change. Spring and summer was all about pastels and bold florals complemented by bronzey skin, pinkish-coral blush, and barely-there lip colors. For fall, think matte complexions without shimmer, dark pouts, and graphic eyes, the perfect accents for this season's baroque, gothic, futuristic, and vampy trends.
Gothic-sophisticate trends made a comeback on the fall runways as detailed by Gucci, Alexander Wang, and other premiere designers. Of note, dark vampy lips against alabaster skin, which makes for a polished look whether in a casual or professional setting. To get the look, try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Blood Red, $32, a satiny creamy vamp red that will keep all eyes on your mouth. On that note, store any pinky-tones or shimmery colors that spell summer as they will feel dated coupled with this season's more embellished and luxurious ready to wear.
Lighter We Go
As the leaves begin to turn and our tans begin to fade, it's important to match your foundation to your skin tone. Which is why it's important to switch a darker-hued foundation (that indeed looked awesome when we were tan) for one that is closer to your actual skin tone. In order to avoid looking like a ghost, which tends to happen especially if you're holed up in an office all day, mix in a light luminizer with your foundation. To get the look, try Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, $36, which offers complete long-lasting coverage.
Blush Away My Dear
Because our skin tends to get dryer in the cooler months, it's crucial to try to use products that are moisturizing. As for colors, try a rosy-hued blush that will give you that instant flushed look as seen at Temperley London's Fall 2012 runway. Josie Maran's Cream Blush in Soft Pink, $22, is a weightless cream blush that gives cheeks a sheer wash of color with a velvety, airbrushed finish. Its soft pink shade looks natural and gives skin that healthy sheen that we all strive for.
Graphic eyes were everywhere on the fall runway. To upgrade your going-out makeup, get inspiration from this season's graphic eyes. Think bold statement eyes like the ones seen at Prabal Gurung's fall collection. Blue being the color of choice, go for a cream shadow that builds in color and intensity with application. For a more wearable option, look for a navy eye palette that varies in intensity and shades to blend and customize your eye look. One of this season's favorites belongs to Dior 5 Color Artistry Design in Navy Design, $59, a gorgeous palette for the ultimate modern eye.
While this season's futuristic prints and metallic accents make for a glitzy showcase, your makeup should be anything but. Complement your attire with this season's go-to nail trend, matte hues, particularly in industrial shades like gray, bronze, and pewter. For Elie Saab's Fall 2012 collection, models showed off gray matte nails that amplified rather than took away from their decadent wear. Try Nails Inc. Westminster Bridge Matte Effect Top Coat, $10, a unique matte-effect clear top coat that adds an industrial matte finish to any color.