I love autumn. The crisp air, changing leaves, hot cider, cozy knits… the list could go on! However, I always find myself in a “post summer” beauty crisis. “Should I go dark for fall?” “Dull hair… Eek!” “I look washed out!” Oh the dilemmas!
Let’s first talk HAIR. There is absolutely NO rule stating you must go dark for fall. If you’re contemplating a change, but don’t want to fully commit to darker locks—opt for the ombre effect. Some people might be “over” the look, but I say go with what you love—and I personally love it! Some other hair trends that are great for fall are dip-dyed tips (think cotton-candy pink, baby blue, sea-foam green) and pastel highlights as seen on the runway at Peter Som! Dare to mix it up this season.
Colder weather typically leaves my hair looking and feeling dry and dull. My first suggestion—wash your hair every other day (if you can stand it). I’m an “every other day” washer and swear by my TIGI Rockaholic Dry Shampoo. Some of my other favorites include Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo or Simply Smooth Xtend Dry Shampoo. If you must rinse your hair everyday, just use conditioner and skip the shampoo. Shampooing everyday actually strips the hair of its natural oils. Also, invest in a once-a-week deep conditioner or oil treatment. I personally love my Moroccan Oil! After I step out of the shower I use a generous amount on my hair from the ears down. Then, be sure to add some to your ends after your hair is completely dried. This will not only add moisture, but some shine too!
Secondly… MAKEUP. It’s easy to look washed out during dreary autumn weather. Find a blush that gives your skin a healthy-looking, slightly “wind-nipped” glow. Beware of too much bronzer as it can muddy-out your complexion. Focus on the apples of the cheeks while drawing your blush out along your cheekbone. Don’t forget to highlight your jaw line too! This will elongate the neck and enhance your facial structure.
LIPSTICK. Okay, I know this can be a scary subject but hang with me. I never was a lipstick girl. I was always fearful I would look either trampy or too dated. However, I’ve found that lipstick always wears the longest and adds pigment when I’m looking especially washed-out. Matte burgundy lips are on-trend this season along with nude-based lips. If you’re a lipstick virgin, (like I was), find a color that accentuates your natural lip pigment. Once you become comfortable, transition to a classic red for the holidays!
Lastly, be sure to MOISTURIZE. Your skin, face, cuticles, and lips need that added moisture regardless of the season! Try to steer clear of highly scented moisturizers as the can actually dry out the skin. I personally prefer Aura Skincare & Cosmetics’ Calendula Cream as it’s lightweight formula moisturizers without leaving my skin feeling too oily. I’d recommend speaking with a makeup artist or esthetician about which type of moisturizer would be best suited for your skin type and problematic areas! The correct moisturizer will enhance the elasticity of the skin and keep it glowing through the frigid winter months!