Whether we like it or not, fall is here which means it's time to update our beauty routines. Unless you're constantly traveling to sunny locations, we're all a bit paler this time of year. We have to adjust our lipstick and foundation colours accordingly to keep from looking like Sally, from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Read on for my current faves/ mini reviews on 10 products I can't get enough of for fall.
1. SMASHBOX CAMERA READY BB WATER
OMG this BB water is the shit!! Shake the bottle well and apply this watery BB fluid to your skin using either your fingertips, brush or sponge. Regardless, it always looks natural and flawless. Bonus, it's buildable coverage that works well on my oily/ dry skin/ combo skin. (I bought mine in Light/ Medium.)
2. NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER
This concealer is excellent for covering up my dark under eye circles and helps my complexion look smoother. My skin is a medium olive shade and I buy this concealer in CUSTARD, a light yellow-based shade. (TIP: This is a liquid to powder formula so you don't need powder to set it. Caution: if you use powder to set it, you might end up with cakey makeup.)
3. NYX BEAUTY BALM
This BB cream is encompasses everything that I love about NYX Cosmetics - it's affordable, high quality and is a cruelty free. I like using this cream on the weekends and on the days when I don't need much coverage. I use shade 3, the darkest colour of the line and it's excellent for my medium skin. Any darker and I'm afraid this wouldn't be flattering.
4. PIXI GLOWTION DAY DEW (BRIGHTENING LOTION)
I've been searching for a product like this for a long time now! Glowtion instantly brightens my complexion when it's dull. It's a creamy iridescent lotion that works perfect under my BB Water. If there's one product I could recommend for tired skin that needs an instant pick-me-up, this is it!
5. NYX HIGH DEFINITION BLUSH
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: BEACH BABE (BRONZE), BABY DOLL (PINK), AND CORALINE (CORAL)
The colour payoff on these blushes is superb, making them suitable for so many skin colours. I use Beach Babe as a light contour on my cheekbones, followed by Coraline for coral wash, and then I dab a bit of Baby Doll on the apples of my cheeks for light flush. I might sound like a lot, but the finished look is natural when you use these blushes lightly.
6. MAC MATTE LIPSTICK: SO CHAUD
This is the perfect orange-red for a pale complexion. The matte formula has incredible longevity, with or without lip liner.
7. GIVENCHY LE ROUGE: MANDARINE BOLERO
My favourite day-time red regardless of season. Use a nude lipliner to make it last longer.
8. PIXI MATTE LUSTRE LIPSTICK: PLUM BERRY
I've been creating a light-ombre effect on my lips by layering this berry-shade on the outer portion of my lips, and then blending it in with my fingers. This shade is perfect for transitioning my summer lipsticks to fall.
9. NYX DREAM CATCHER PALETTE: GOLDEN HORIZONS
With plenty of golden browns and rich gold shades, this eyeshadow palette is excellent for creating a smoky daytime eye. I use the white to brighten my brown bone and the charcoal to accentuate the outer corners of my eyes. All skin colours would benefit from this inexpensive palette.
10. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK THE FALSIES PUSH UP DRAMA MASCARA
If you're into thick, long lashes, then this latest from Maybelline is for you! It's smudge free, wears well all day and washes away with soap and water. What else could you ask for?