Want to know how to update your skincare routine for autumn? These 9 easy autumn winter beauty tips will keep your complexion glowing. From my knowledge as a trained makeup artist, I have put together this guide covering all areas, from skincare, makeup and overall living.
On my summer beauty tips post, I recommended cutting back on exfoliator. In fall, it’s impertative you follow an exfoliating regime. Don’t assume an exfoliator needs to contain beads or be a scrub. Dry skin tends to gain better results from a liquid or mask texture. Brands typically suggest normal to dry skin requires exfoliation two times a week while oily and combination skin requires four. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells which will help make your skin look radiant.
Beyond removing dead skin cells, exfoliating can boost circulation and help your other skincare products penetrate deeper. In turn, this makes them work more efficiently.
Hands in particular are often neglected. I am a huge fan of Palmers and did a review on their body creams. I also love Lush because of their natural and cruelty-free ingredients. Once out the shower, try to apply moisturiser as soon as possible – both on face and body.
Some people with oily skin try to hold back on moisturing but this can formulate more oil. Oily skin produces oil to substitute water, so I suggest searching for hydrating creams. The best ones will have a lotion texture and specific hydrating ingredients. For dry skin, look for rich textures to help increase your skin’s oil levels. Dehydration is caused by a lack of water whereas dry skin has a lack of oil.
If summer is about bronzer, autumn is about colour. The cold can diminish our glow and create a washed-out effect. Beiges can start to appear dull. A great autumn winter beauty tip is to apply more blush and switch neutral eye shadow colours to pink. A natural pink can brighten your complexion and with the right shade, suits all skin tones. For daytime, I suggest sticking to matte and focusing pink on your eye socket.
In autumn/winter, bronzer usually works best as contour. Stick to matte and opt for a colour a few shades darker than your complexion. I highly advise investing in high quality brushes for application. Since reviewing, I have continued using vegan Niré Beauty brushes. They’re affordable and feel ridiculously soft.
Wear a bold lip
Yes, bold lipstick is demanding. It needs touch-ups throughout the day and a perfect application to avoid lipstick smudging around your mouth. A lip liner is therefore crucial, followed by a long-lasting product such as Bourjois Rouge Velvet lipsticks. Another alternative is to think French – blot your lipstick with a tissue to create an au naturale, stained effect.
Rest your elbow as you apply your lipstick and try to draw short, light strokes. This helps you follow your natural lip line. Applying a miniscule amount of foundation on your lips beforehand can stop lipstick from bleeding.
Keeping with the theme of colour, eyeliner wakes up fall eyes and adds sexy intensity. Eyeliner belongs in this season, it works with the typical darker and edgier fashion. My preferred method is pencil. I start from the outer edge and create my flicks first. If you don’t feel comfortable applying eyeliner, use a fine, damp brush with a black eye shadow. You can then smudge for a smokey look.
Do not ditch SPF
Just because summer is gone, it doesn’t mean protection can relax. The sun is out all year round, even when the sky is grey. You want sun protection that covers UVA and UBV rays. If you’re concerned about SPF producing oil, look for a light lotion designed for under makeup application. The best products also help protect your face from the environment with anti-pollution properties. Some brands charge excessive amounts for a small bottle, so I suggest checking the market before buying. Most skincare companies sell yearlong SPF.
Look for caffeine alternatives
For obvious reasons, we’re sipping more hot drinks in winter, with coffee high on the menu. Caffeine can dehydrate skin and hot chocolates can be packed with numerous types of sugar. Herbal teas are a better choice. When I am at home, I like using cocoa.
I warm a glass of oat milk in the microwave for 2 minutes (you might need to mix and then heat further), add a tsp of cocoa with a capful of vanilla essence, a shake of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a squirt of golden syrup. My finishing touch is desiccated coconut sprinkled on top.
Utilise your home spa
If only we had a spa room with an on-call therapist. But don’t despair, as some home treatments make a big difference. I routinely do steaming – letting my head rest above a bowl of boiling hot water. Vogue discussed home steaming in article advocating rose petals in the water. Wrap your hair in a clean towel beforehand.
Masks are another pampering favourite. I think they’re more crucial in winter when our skin tends to dull. I have been using Caudalie’s overnight hydration mask which creates a smooth makeup-based in the morning.
Ultimate Autumn Winter Beauty Tip: Drink water
Rather than trying to drink as much water possible, try to keep a glass available and take sips throughout. And ideally, in a washable cup and not a plastic bottle.