When writing my summer beauty tips, I recommended that you cut back on using an exfoliator. Now that fall is here, it is imperative to make sure that you are using one.
Do not assume that an exfoliator needs to contain beads or be a scrub. Dry skin may prefer a liquid or mask texture. In addition, most brands generally suggest you exfoliate 2 times a week, whilst oilier skin can use up to 4 times. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells which create more radiance.
Hands in particular; they can be a neglected part of the body. I am a huge fan of Palmers and did a review on their body moisturisers. I am also a fan of Lush and love the natural ingredients that they use. Try to apply as soon as possible, once out of the shower. The same goes for applying your face cream.
Some people with oily skin try to hold back on moisturiser, but this can formulate more oil. I would search for hydrating products.
If summer is about bronzer, autumn is about colour. But do not get me wrong, I am a bronzing queen and shall never see the day when I do not put it on.
The cold can diminish our glow and enhance a washed-out effect. Beiges can start to appear dull. For me, I do more contouring than in summer and sweep a good pink or peach blush on my cheeks. Anything like Nars’s Orgasm would work.
In terms of the eyes, I generally switch to pink. This colour is still going strong as a fall trend. I prefer berry and warm tones.
Wear a bold lip
Again with the colour; I have to mention however, that nude lips are popular this season (when is it not). On the other hand, my sources – Vogue, Allure and Elle, all acknowledged a strong lip.
It is currently about producing a smudge and a multi-layer. Picture a plum with red making a small entrance.
I had to use my new Bourjois Rouge Velvet lipsticks for this makeup look. I first used no.8 which is a deep red. Then I followed with shade no.10 – a plum. Lastly I used no.7 which is a brighter red. You do not need to go round all day applying various colours, but it helps if you start off with good layering.
It is hard to wipe off a dark colour. So if you leave your house with strong layering, you should find you can easily choose one colour to reapply throughout the day.
I go through phases with eyeliner. Either I want to wear it non-stop or I hide it away in my beauty drawer. Right now nevertheless, it is front stage and centre. Eyeliner can be super quick. A soft pencil that you can smudge, can instantly make you look more awake.
Do not ditch SPF
Just because summer is gone, it does not mean that protection can relax. Many are unaware that the sun is out all year round, even on those cold days. You want a sun protection that covers UVA and UBV rays. Some brands charge excessive amounts for a small bottle, therefore you should do your homework and check the market. All skincare companies should sell a yearlong SPF.
Look for caffeine alternatives
Now that winter is arriving, hot drinks tend to be accompanied. Caffeine can dehydrate your skin and hot chocolates can be packed with numerous types of sugar. Herbal teas are a better choice. When I am at home, I use cocoa.
I warm a glass of oat/almond milk in the microwave for 2 minutes (you might need to mix and then heat further), I then add a tsp of cocoa with a capful of vanilla essence, a shake of nutmeg and cinnamon and a squirt of golden syrup. My finishing touch is desiccated coconut sprinkled on top.
Utilise your home spa
In dreamland, we all have a spa room with an on-call therapist. Do not despair though, as there are some treatments that can make a big difference. I routinely do steaming. This literally involves warming up my kettle, pouring water in to a bowl and then letting my head rest above with a towel wrapped round my hair. Vogue did an article where they said to steam with rose petals in the water.
Masks are another pampering favourite. I think they are more crucial in winter as our skin can become dull. I have been using Caudalie’s overnight hydration mask which creates a smooth makeup-based in the morning.
Go for the chop
I cut my hair in the summer and people commented that it was a good summer look. Imagine my delight when I read that it is a new season trend for fall. To me, short hair is suitable as autumn just gives me frizz.
Regardless of what length you are willing to go to, right now is a great time to remove any dead ends. I find that people are relaxed in the summer but the heat can cause damage. It is worth checking if your hair needs a trim.
I included this on my summer tips too. I wanted to add as water is often advised in summer but forgotten after. Rather than trying to drink as much as you can, keep a glass available and take sips throughout.
What is your favourite tip autumn/winter beauty tip?