How to transition your summer makeup routine into fall

Kenzie McCoy

Well I suppose I’ll blot and powder my face for the fourth time today. This thought often pops into my head during the sweltering summer months and I often wonder why I bother to put on makeup when I know it’s going to just melt off my face.

The fall and winter months are finally coming upon us and I get overly excited about all the makeup possibilities there are when my makeup can stay on for more than 30 minutes. This time of the year gives us an excuse to play with makeup and experiment with fall trends, dark lips, smoky eyes, contoured cheeks, and sculpted eyebrows. The possibilities are endless and for a makeup junkie like me, I’m bouncing on the edge of my seat waiting for the cooler weather ahead.

Transitioning your summer makeup routine, or lack of a makeup routine, to fit the cooler months can be a lot of fun when you know what you need. I’m going to share my thoughts on what makeup items you should trade in, throw to curb, or keep rocking. If you’ve never experimented with makeup, fall is the perfect time to try.

Fall is all about richer, deeper colors that mimic the changing of the leaves and the arrival of seasonal Starbucks drinks. Okay, maybe not the Starbucks drinks, but I like to be creative.

Trade in your bright or simple eyeshadow palette for shadows that are more orange and plum in tone. Swipe a camel-color across your lids and crease and deepen the edges of your eyes with a dark cranberry color to instantly look ready for fall. My suggestions: Wet N Wild Color Icon eyeshadow palette in comfort zone or Makeup Geek’s eyeshadows in desert sands and bitten.

Toss that summer tinted moisturizer or bb cream for a more full coverage foundation that fits your skin tone when that summer tan begins to fade. When you’re rocking a fall lip or deeper eye look, a foundation that gives more coverage and is the right shade will make your look complete and flawless. Matte skin is in this fall. My suggestions: CoverGirl 3-in-1 foundation, Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation, or L’Oreal true match.

Add some cream products to your makeup stash during the cooler months because they won’t melt off the face. Cream products can look much more natural on the face and never look cakey like heavy powders will. Try a cream bronzer or blush to look naturally awake and sun-kissed. If you’re worried about the cream products not lasting, top them off with a powder. My suggestions: Sonia Kashuk Undetectable cream bronzer and Sonia Kashuk crème blush, both found at Target stores.

Trade in that bright pink or coral lipstick for a more neutral or darker lip. This fall, aubergine is going to be a huge color for makeup artists. Browns, reds, raspberry’s and nudes are popular lipstick colors for fall. My suggestions: go to Colourpop’s website and shop their five dollar lipsticks, or lippie stix as they are called on the website. Don’t be afraid to experiment with deeper, sultry colors on the lips.

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