Summer is gone and before we notice it our whole makeup routine changes. Suddenly tousled hair and sun-kissed skin seem out-of-place under Fall’s more mysterious hues. I for one am not a huge fan of bronzed skin 365 days year, it becomes commonplace rather than a reminder of Summer memories and holidays.
During childhood, Fall meant going back to school and getting a new wardrobe, school supplies and a lot of shopping that our parents went through vigorously. While at Amsterdam Fashion TV we’re advocates of a healthy lifestyle, we’re left to wonder if shopping counts as cardio. At least it did to Carrie Bradshaw.
Unless shopping for children of our own, school supplies aren’t in the calendar anymore, however make-up supplies are just waiting to be snatched. And while we’re at it, let’s thrown in some skin care. It’s true that Fall trends appear on the runways and it’s around July that most brands put out their Fall collections, but do we really want to shop for a smoky eyeshadow in the midst of spending carefree days amongst the sea or a pool? We are just not in the mood.
Whatever trend were rocking on the models, the skin looked fresh and impeccable. To boost your skin and leave it fresh and glowing, we adore Filorga’s Sleep and Peel night cream. Using it two to three times a week, your skin will be rejuvenated with added boost to cell renewal will help it get back into shape despite being careless during Summer.
For Fall skin “becomes” mat, but mat doesn’t mean dull and hopefully your skin doesn’t need pancake live coverage, we go for mat that glows from within: not only does it evoke a wee bit of forties glam and therefore adds sophistication to the overall look, it doesn’t look like it’s plastered all over your skin. Get a good foundation that allows your to look polished whether for school or work. Oily skin need not fear with Hourglass’s Immaculate foundation, it will last throughout the day and help with any problem areas we’d rather not call attention to. If you have dry skin, normal to slight combination, then head on to Estée Lauder’s Invisible Fluid Foundation or Ellis Faas Skin Veil. You’ll get an even complexion in a wide range of shades.
A gal can’t live on foundation alone, so go ahead and get some concealer for either dark circles or the occasional blemish. The NARS Creamy Concealer doesn’t set into fine lines and carries a considerable amount of coverage (bearing in mind that it’s liquid) and Laura Mercier’s maintains dominance with Secret Camouflage. If it seems too tricky, then get Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover. A tube will last you for a good while so it’s an excellent investment.
Did you notice the amount of orange eyeshadow that assaulted the Fall runways? It’s interesting for runway but for an eyeshadow we’d say to take a look at the NARS Multiple in Puerto Vallarta from their Summer collection. Use it as a base, over a primer or highlight your cheeks if you fall into the medium skin tones. Just beware that the more red undertones it has, the more it might read as eye infection rather than fashion forward.
We were more drawn to metallic and gray washes that were also very popular at Fashion Shows. Dior’s Fusion Mono in Aventure incorporates both trends of metallic and gray and we guarantee it will be a classic, plus the cream texture allows you a fast application, easy blending for those days were you might have hit the snooze button more than you should. It’s also the season where you should master the cat eye, in reality every Fall/Winter colour collection puts emphasis on eyeliner because colder and darker months ask for more make-up. So get your hands on a felt pen eyeliner like MAC Penultimate Eyeliner or the classic Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner. When it comes to brows, it’s “go bold” or “go home”! Kevyn Aucoin’s Precision Brow Pencil is a smart choice, the colours are very natural and the fine tip of the pencil allows you to sculpt your brow to the shape you desire. Finish it with cult classic Les Faux Cils by SL.
For cheeks, we are in love with the new Chanel Cream Blushes: they give you the flush from within beneath a more paler Fall complexion and the creams turns into a velvet-like finish. We blame Lisa Elridge, she has been rubbing it in our faces for months now! If cream blush still scares you, NARS is fool-proof ensuring good pigment, adequate transparency and cheeky color names. They have been colour coordinated into two blush palettes and our favorite is Adult Content, you can flush, sculp, contour and highlight to your heart’s content.
(Photo: Chanel Fall 2013)
Last but not least, grab your favourite mat red, plum, or deep cherry lipstick like NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red, Train Bleu, Ellis Faas in Ellis Red or Chanel’s Rouge Allure in Passion.
Fall make-up lines not only give you new a shiny make-up to ogle. They also have an incredible transformative power as you say goodbye to the low maintenance beach girl and say hello to a more mysterious and provocative you.
Photo: Imaxtree for Alexander Wang