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Shades of fall

By Keegan Prosser on October 10, 2012 – No Comment


With summer coming to an end (even though it feels like it just started here in the Pacific Northwest) and fall approaching, that means boots, pumpkin spice lattes and berry red lips.

When the season changes, you get to play around with new shades: cranberry, khaki greens, bronzy golds, navy, and plum colors on your eyes, cheeks and lips.

Here are some tips to play up your features, incorporate fall colors, but still look appropriate and not overdone:

Berry lips

I think if you were to only have one makeup item, making sure your lips are defined is key. When I’m running late in the morning, if I put on a berry, red, or pink lipstick, I instantly look more put together, more awake, and more confident.
Be careful not to go too vampy, as you want to look appropriate for meetings or the classroom – a berry shade a few shades darker than your natural lip color will work perfectly. One of my favorites is Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie ($5.99), which has the pigmentation of a lipstick, the moisture of a lip balm and the shine of a lipgloss.

Natural eyes

One great way to play up your eyes is by using lengthening mascara, some eyeliner for definition and a highlight color for brightness.
Start with the highlight color. This can be a white, champagne, or bronze color depending on your skin tone. My favorite highlight color would have to be MAC “Phloof” eye shadow ($15). Put some of this on the inner corner of the eye to make your eyes look wider and more awake. Next, line your lashes with an eyeliner to make them look thicker.
Lastly, I prefer lengthening mascaras because I find them less clumpy and more natural looking to highlight your eyes.

Plum cheeks

I sadly have a blush addiction; I cannot stop buying it for the life of me. I think I honestly get most excited about fall makeup with plum blushes. My favorite is one by theBALM called “Cabana Boy” ($21). They have the most cheeky (excuse the pun) names; I love them. This color really warms up your complexion.


Finally, the skin. Recently “BB Creams” have shown up on the market as the biggest makeup trend, and I personally think some are great, and some not so great. They make a lot of claims, so you have to be careful of which one you buy.
I personally think you can get more bang for your buck with a lightweight foundation, or a tinted moisturizer, so that is what I use on an everyday basis. My favorites are Estee Lauder’s “Invisible Fluid Makeup” foundation ($35), or Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer ($43). They give a glow to the skin with some light coverage to even out any imperfections – and neither of them feel or look heavy or cakey.

Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to rock a berry lip, emerald green eyeliner, or bold brows this fall, but remember that you want to look natural and not overdone. Focus on one feature to really stand out, and keep the rest clean and simple.