In makeup the hottest trends for fall include a flawless face, beautiful eyes and a well defined lip.
On the runway, lips stood out in shades of brown. Stylist’s were using hues in the brown family, and then finishing the lips off with a beige or copper eye shadow for a metallic finish. For most of us beautiful reds, crimsons and orange red lipsticks are taking center stage and fit into our comfort zone. If your complexion is medium to dark, go for a cherry red. Fair complexions, can use orange-reds. I always like to wear a little lighter shade for daytime.
I’ve noticed that many makeup artists are using different powders on the face in a myriad of ways. They are using eye shadows, bronzers, and highlighters interchangeably, and not just for their intended use in one specific area. For instance, bronzer isn’t just used for definition, but can be used as eye shadow in the crease of your lid. A golden brown eye color is chic for daytime, and you may add blue, black and silver shadow for a more dramatic look in the evening. On a recent photo shoot, a makeup artist, used highlighter in my t-zone which is the area straight from my forehead down my nose to my chin and then across my cheeks at the top of my blush. This added a glow to my makeup. I enjoyed this fresh approach to highlighter, because I have always used highlighter on my eyelids.
An important lesson I’ve discovered is that less is more. As we age, I believe we have the tendency to add more makeup to cover certain imperfections. It may sound contradictory, but we really need to use less makeup and focus on great skin care.
Lisa Wiles, a fabulous makeup artist at Halls, gave me direction on getting my skin ready for fall and the cooler months. “I suggest exfoliating your face & body 2-3 times a week, and then slathering on a hydrating face and body cream. A great one for the face is Laura Mercier’s Face Polish. The granules are round, not star shaped so they don’t irritate your skin. For the body, you might try Laura Mercier’s Body scrub which comes in yummy flavors like: Creme Brulee, Almond Coconut, Pistachio & Fig.” I found another great body product in Clarin’s “Smoothing Body Scrub”. You can make your own facial and body scrub with ingredients in your cupboard. Try 2 tsp. of ground oatmeal, 1 tsp. baking soda and add water as needed to make a desired paste. Rub in a circular motion and then rinse. The goal is to remove dead skin gently, while uncovering your radiant, healthy skin. Be sure to apply your favorite moisturizer.
When your skin is healthy, you have a perfect canvas in which to add makeup. This fall keep in mind the chic trends encompassing a flawless face, beautiful eyes and a defined lip. When you have the basics covered, it’s easy to relax and let your soul shine!
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