Unless you’re living under an Internet-free rock (which you aren’t since you read our blog!), you know that New York Fashion Week just wrapped up, leaving all fashion and beauty related bloggers and readers with tons of info on new trends and colors.
Interested in what the hot NYFW looks were, but don’t care to rummage through all the blogs and slideshows and tweets yourself? You’re in luck: We’ve got a quick summer-to-fall transitional beauty guide, complete with NYFW-approved trends and just generally good-to-know beauty info. Enjoy!
Lips: If summer was all about the fuschia matte look, fall deepens things with burgundy lips. You’ve probably already seen the glossy or matte versions of the deep red lip everywhere – time to try it yourself with Osmia Organics Luster gloss. With its color derived from beets, Luster’s burgundy gloss avoids dyes and scary ingredients to bring us a lovely red shade with moisturizing staying power.
Eyes: Colored eyeliner that throws back to the good ol’ 80s and 90s is all over the place for the fall. Bright teal, neon purple, electric blue – you name it, you can find it. Try picking a shade that complements your eye color (teal or emerald for greenies, purple for browns, bright blues for blues). I’m a big fan of Jane Iredale’s Mystikol liners (not too dry, not too smudgy) and her line has colors galore.
Eyebrows: Not a big colored-liner fan (or just not ready to bite the bullet on a color you’re not sure will be in next month)? Fall’s trend is leaning even more toward big brows with natural skin (we’ll get to the skin in a minute). I promise you, if there’s one of these transitions to try, enhancing your eyebrows is one of them. Defining your brows with a little powder can instantly change your face, and since your brows are naturally darker than your hair color, adding a little color to them doesn’t feel cray cray. Try W3LL PEOPLE’s Capitalist Versatile Mineral Brow Pigment with a short, flat brush for application. And trust me on this one: get a shade lighter than you think.
Skin: Clean, natural skin is the way to go this fall. For those of us who don’t have perfect, makeup free skin, a tinted moisturizer is key. We’ve raved about Juice Beauty’s CC Cream on the site before, and I’d definitely recommend it as a base for your face. If you’re looking for a little more coverage, try 100% Pure’s Healthy Skin Foundation. I used it for my wedding and I still couldn’t be happier with it. Top it off with a luminizer (RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer is in all our makeup bags, but ILIA Beauty’s luminizers kill it too) to get the natural-glowing-skin that’s in.
Nails: Nail trends are going in two separate directions this fall. The first is natural nails, which gives us all a great reason to buy RGB’s nail foundation. It comes in an array of colors for all skin tones and it’s meant to give you polished look without color on your nails. If you’re looking for color, you’re going to want to check out a mossy gray-green, a grayish navy blue or a metallic silvery gray. Use any of these colors to do a solid base – or try out the half moon mani that was all over runways.
What trends did you see that you’re in love with? What other recs do you have for the fall season?
I love the Ilia illuminators, as you can read in this review. But, I was nervous about the lip products, which contain small amounts of synthetic colors (like Red 7, a.k.a. CI 15850). Years of horrendous pre-clean lip color experiences make me extremely cautious about what I put on my lips, which seem to be the most sensitive of all my sensitive skin.
The reviews out there looked great, and the color spectrum was so tempting – but should I chance it? I noticed Ilia incorporates some lovely oils into their formulas, like jojoba, sunflower seed, and rosehip. Thus, my mind was soothed, and, as it turns out, so were my lips. I am fully obsessed with Ilia.
First, Ilia packaging is sensational. It’s beautiful and functional. I always think of beauty as a multi-sensory experience, and packaging that looks and feels stylish makes a difference in my mood as I go about my beauty routine. Second, the texture and finish are spot on. All the lip products I’ve tried are creamy and matte-ish rather than shiny. Perfect. After all, you can always apply a gloss on top if you like shine. Third, they stay on. At the end of one day, I was all, “what the heck is this color on my toothbrush handle?” It was the lip conditioner I’d put on many hours earlier and totally forgotten about. And finally, the taste is quite neutral, just the slightest hint of vanilla in the conditioners.
Lip Conditioners: When I try lip products, I line them up on the counter and gently take each one off with coconut oil before I try the next one. No matter how careful I am, my skin is so sensitive to the friction that if I try even a few colors my lips end up irritated. I usually have to put on a fancy oil afterward and leave my lips alone for a while. When I first tried Ilia, I ended with a lip conditioner, and decided to just leave it on. Shortly thereafter I noticed I had no irritation at all. That’s when I became a true believer. The lip conditioners are supposed to be more sheer than the lipsticks, but my faves are highly pigmented. Desert Angel is nude-ish with a bit of lilac, kicking the butt of anything in the pink-nude realm. These Days is described as a nude with a hint of bronze. I love it, and the description and the pic on the site don’t do it justice. Both Desert Angel and These Days are balmy, have a slight (and I mean slight) bit of shimmer, and are subtle on my pale olive skin. They are limited edition and I love them so much, I bought an extra tube of each!
Lipstick: Described on the site as violent violet, Inkpot is unique in the natural lipcolor world. If you have any sort of green in your eyes, you need to try something a little purple on your lips. My eyes are hazel, and look light brown in indoor light, but a pop of Inkpot makes the green stand out. My preferred way to wear it is applied in a couple layers, blot, and put a balm over it. It makes a gorgeous stain that stays pretty even after it fades in a few hours. It’s quite moisturizing on its own, but a balm over or under is a good thing if you have drier lips. Femme Fatale is a deep blend of berry and burgundy, also with great performance. I’m going to be wearing the heck out of this one come fall.
Lipstick Crayons: These have really cool packaging, like a very thick twist-up lip liner. It has some of the precision of a liner, but with more moisture. It draws a thick line so it’s easy to use as a full lip color too (use over a balm for this purpose). Come Undone is a great nude, and Dress You Up is a beautiful mauve. I’m having fun experimenting, using them as bases and liners for the other products. There’s really not a bad combo, but I especially like Come Undone with These Days.
This brand has been featured many times on NMDL, and has appeared in scads of morning routines. Now I know why! Have you tried Ilia yet? C’mon, all the kids are doing it.
In this recent article from ReadyMade magazine we shared some of our favorite DIY makeup tricks.
The assignment? To make your entire face from scratch.
Here are our best simple recipes for: