With each passing day the hours of daylight are getting shorter and shorter. The other day I was walking home from a photoshoot when I suddenly realized I was walking in the dark... at 7:30pm. As much as I love fall and winter, I hate that creepy crawly evening dusk that comes just after the sun has gone. It's always so lonely and chilly - not in the pleasant way.
But the daylight this time of year is different too. No longer do we get the glowing moist tones of summer, but a more dry and slightly bluer tone. It's almost like the fluorescent lights at the doctor's office, or the harsh and unforgiving bathroom lights at the bar... every little flaw on your skin is suddenly mega visible. So, how do you deal with this sudden switch without having to go to Sephora to buy all new products? Pretty easy, actually. You'll just need these three things:
1. Lipstick: Switch the vivid reds and rosy pinks for deeper berries & plums.
Now that the sky is getting darker, you have a bit more room for that sexy gloom. Okay, maybe gloom is a weird word, but you get what I mean, right? This fall I'm moisturizing my lips with Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry, with a quick punch of Smith's Lip Balm in Minted Rose before bed to keep my kisser from getting chapped or peeling (also great to use on your nose when you get the sniffles!). During the day I'm really excited about Clinique's new Pop Lip Colors, specifically the two darkest shades, Berry Pop & Cola Pop. If I'm going with heavier eye makeup I just slide on my favorite Chubby Stick in Strawberry.
2. Skin: Now that the forgiving yellow sun has left us, it's time to break out a serious skincare routine.
The colder it gets the drier your skin is going to feel. If you have dry to combination skin like me, you're really going to want to invest in some focused products that won't just take care of the surface, but give you that radiant glow that comes from deep down. Whenever my skin is feeling really dull I like to go for scrubs and masks. Right now I'm testing out this trio of Clinique's Moisture Surge™ CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, the 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, and Superdefense™ Daily Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I particularly like the superdefense collection for its rich creamy texture, leaving my skin feeling clean and soft.
3. Eyes: Time to break out the metallics and deep mattes for your absolute best smoky eye.
And now for the fun part! Remember when it was so hot that basically any product your put on your eyes would melt off? Well, those days are coming to an end right now. The leaves are starting to turn, everybody's wearing a lot more black, and the air is moist with fresh rainfall. If you're looking for something a bit more serious than colorful mascara (even though, I've got to say that stuff is awesome!), stock up on some great muted matte eyeshadow pressed powders and metallic eyeliners and cream shadows to achieve some serious beauty punch this season. I'm recommending No7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse as a shadow or even a great base for a smoky eye, MAC eyeshadow in Contrast for a dark and pearly outer crease, and Clinique's new line of Skinny Stick eyeliner pencils for a defined lash line with a punch. Below you'll see the colors Thin Mint and Olive-tini, which both go great with brown eyes!
+ Bonus! If you're really dedicated to your transition from summer to fall, you might want to consider shifting your signature scent.
Something I always like to do is switch up my fragrance. Not only does it give me a wonderful feeling of newness, but a confidence boost to start the season the right way. I know, it's just a fragrance, but if you think about it it's actually a lot more than just that. Did you know that scent is our strongest sense memory? I definitely want to be remembered for smelling good and love the idea of my own scent giving me that extra boost of confidence. Right now I'm all about the warm and fresh smell of Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt Unisex Cologne and the more floral fall favorite, Aromatics in White by Clinique.