12 October, 2015 The Autumn Beauty Edit
Making seasonal changes to your beauty routine might seem slightly unnecessary, but for a beauty fanatic like me, it’s one of the highlights of my year – and yes, I’m fully aware of how ridiculous that sounds. I really enjoy basing my makeup around the changing weather and the trends that follow, and in my opinion, there’s nothing like an Autumn makeup look. You’ve got your bronze tones, multiple shades of berry and brick red, and pops of gold that are universally flattering. I’ve assembled a complete look based on products that are perfect for the season, with recommendations ranging from super affordable to delightfully luxe. I hope you enjoy my Autumn Beauty Edit!
Every good base starts with a primer, and I recently picked up the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer (£10 here), which I adore. I’ll be posting a full review very soon, but for now I can confidently say that it’s one of the best in my collection. It lightly hydrates, smooths over uneven texture, and controls oil and shine without drying out my skin. I like that it doesn’t contain SPF either, as you can use it in the evening for a more dramatic look, and it won’t create an unfortunate white flashback in photos.
For foundation, I’ve returned to an old favourite – the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation (£29 here). This has a demi-matte finish that creates the perfect canvas for powder and pigment. It has fantastic longevity and I can happily wear this for work or a night out. It doesn’t settle into pores or fine lines, and you can build up the coverage from medium to full depending on your needs. Definitely one I would recommend for those with oily skin who still want a hint of glow.
I’ve been using two concealers recently – the Clarins Instant Concealer (£18.90 here) in the lightest shade for under-eye circles and highlighting, and the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19 here) in Cool-Medium for blemishes and colour-correcting. Both are super full-coverage and have gorgeously creamy textures.
I’m sad to say that I’ve hit pan on my holy grail face powder – Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in Fair (£33 here). The name of this product is hardly succinct, but this powder is damn good that I won’t let it bother me too much. It has a beautiful texture that blurs over pores seamlessly, and it’s a great under-eye setting powder too. I love how it banishes grease without displacing product underneath, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing ASAP.
I’ve been using bronzer more sparingly than usual, and I’ve finally accepted that summer is over. When I do wear it, I’ve been reaching for my MAC Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark (£24 here). This is a warm-toned powder with a sheer-medium amount of pigmentation, which makes it a dream to work with. It blends nicely and just about mimics a sun-kissed glow without looking orange. I’ll probably be picking up Benefit’s Hoola bronzer in the next few weeks as it’s a bit more ashy and cool-toned, but for now, this does the job nicely.
MAC are one of my favourite brands for cheek products, which is why Autumn blusher is also from the range. Their Sheertone Blush in Blushbaby (£18.50 here) is a gorgeous mauve-nude, that creates a sophisticated, rosy look and compliments any eye or lip product you work with.
For my eyes, the only shadows I’ve been reaching for are from Zoeva’s Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette (£15.50 here, review here). The beautiful warm-toned shades are so buttery and blendable, and I love the mix of mattes and shimmers. Substitute For Love, Bitter Start and Sweeter End are gorgeous everyday shades, that strike the perfect balance between professional and super fancy.
I’ve accepted that if I want to look like a fully-functioning human being then I have to wear liquid liner every single day, and so I’ve committed to the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner (£14.50 here) for all my fierce cat-eye needs. It’s glossy, the felt tip is thin and malleable, and it lasts for AGES. I pair it with Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara (£7.99 here) as it gives serious curl, definition and volume. It’s really tricky to remove so I make sure to thoroughly cleanse the next day – so worth it though.
For lips, I choose one of the following three. The Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl Matte Revolution Lipstick (£23 here) is a beautiful muted cranberry shade in a luxurious matte finish, MAC’s Velvet Teddy Matte Lipstick (£15.50 here) is a deep nude brown with a hint of pink, and the ColourPop Clueless Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6 here) is a pretty and unusual mauve pink that is vibrant without looking fluorescent. All of these shades can be worn to work or during the daytime (just use a lighter hand), or applied with a lip pencil for more precision and definition.
So there you have it – my Autumn Beauty Edit. Which products are you reaching for this season? Do you use any of my favourites? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and have a lovely Monday!