Now that fall and winter are on the way, makeup is shifting gears! Shimmery pastels are fading out until next spring, and rich deep tones are taking their place. Make sure you have the right products for the season! Some must-have makeup items for fall and winter are matte face powder, smoky red lipstick, and dark eye liner.
Matte makeup trends are a dream come true for ladies with oily skin. After you apply your favorite foundation, top it off with transparent matte face powder. This will keep your makeup flawless for hours by setting the foundation in place and giving you an air-brushed look. Oil absorbent powders work best when used over oil-free foundation. Try Mattify Cosmetic’s ULTRA Powder for maximum oil control and a flawless matte look. It also doubles as an oil control primer that you can apply before foundation!
A word to the wise: Since your complexion will be matte, it’s important to allow other areas of your face to shine! Go for a glossy, smoky red lip or richly pigmented eye shadows & liners. You can even include a hint of glittery or shimmery shadow to brighten up your entire look. This will prevent your face from looking drab, dry and washed out. Never, ever combine matte foundation + matte lipstick + matte eye shadow, unless you’re auditioning for The Walking Dead!
SMOKY RED LIPS:
In past years, classic red lips have dominated the winter months. Red can be a difficult color to rock, even if you select your appropriate warm or cool shade of red. BUT, this fall & winter, smoky red lips are going to be hot! Darker smoky reds are hitting the market, as are some nice smoky burgundy colors.
The new trend toward smoky, darker red lips makes the color more wearable for almost every skin tone. You can dupe the look below by applying a regular coat of bright red and then dabbing a deep red lipstick around the outside border of lips (where you would normally apply liner). Use a lip brush to drag the darker color in toward the center of lips, blending gradually with the lighter red color. Try these gorgeous reds by Motives Cosmetics, and play around with lighter & darker red shades.
For an even more dramatic effect, you can apply a smudgable brown eye liner as lip liner first. Use a lip brush to blend the brown liner in toward center of lips, then apply your favorite red lipstick. Make sure to blend well using a lip brush so that no brown lines are visible.
Think smudged black or brown eye liner and shimmer on the inner corners! For daytime, you can apply it close to the lash line to accentuate eyes without them looking over done. For evening, apply a bit more product, and blend the liner past outer corners of eyes for a smoldering Egyptian style look. Don’t forget to curl those lashes & apply mascara to give your eyes wide-awake vibrancy.
If you use loose pigment eye shadows (they are very easy to apply and smudge) try Woodland Fairy or Twilight from Mattify Cosmetics. For those who prefer liquid eye liner, try Lorac’s 3D Lustre Liner in Bronze/Black Ivy – but keep in mind they must be applied precisely, and are not smudgable. If you want to go with traditional pencil, which does have some smudge factor, try NYX Glitter Liner in Bronze or Black Shimmer.
Try a different variation of the smoky eye using deep plum eye shadow or silvery grey. Not only does this look less harsh than using jet black shadow, it also lightens & brightens the color of your eyes.
To amp up your lids for holiday parties or a night out, trace a line of glitter liner over plain black liner. Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal liners are perfect for adding a punch of sparkle to any plain black liner.
The basics to remember for fall & winter makeup?
Keep your makeup looking flawless with an oil absorbent setting powder, and play around with different shades of red to find your perfect match!