Fall is my favorite for makeup looks, as it is for most people, for some reason. Personally, I think it’s because I find oranges, purples, and warm tones to look best on me–with my skin tone, eyes, and hair.
Some mornings I have plenty of time to go all out with my makeup, to experiment, and create really sultry, festive looks. But some days, I hit snooze a couple of times and need to rush a little more. That usually means I default to products I know work and work well together. That’s what we’re talking about today, my every day makeup look for fall.
Sometimes I begin my makeup with either the Becca Backlight Priming Filter or Makeup Forever’s Skin Equalizer Primer in the matte finish, but sometimes I skip this step, too. I then will go in with my L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation. I love this stuff, because it has a dewy finish but doesn’t look oily toward the end of the day. I generally apply with a Beauty Blender, but if I’m in a rush, I’ll use an Expert Face brush from Real Techniques. It blends into the skin so nicely and lasts all day. And a bonus is that there’s a color that’s a good match to my skin, which is uncommon for me in foundations.
After foundation, I conceal any under eye dark circles and redness with the Naked Skin concealer from Urban Decay. I also use this on my lids as eye shadow primer. Again, there is a god shade match to my skin and then an even lighter color that I can use for brightening under the eye and around my nose, where I tend to get a little red throughout the day. If I have any major blemishes I need to cover, I use the Amazing Concealer from Amazing Cosmetics (I got mine at Ulta), and it really is amazing. A little goes such a long way, and it’s a thick, heavy coverage concealer. Again, I usually apply concealer with a Beauty Blender, but if I’m hurrying, I pat it in with either my fingers or the Essential Foundation brush, again, from Real Techniques.
After liquid and cream products, I move onto my powders. If you apply cream products over powders, it turns into a goopy mess. It’s best to work in the opposite order. I’ve been loving and bouncing between the Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light from Hourglass, a palette including a finishing powder, two blush shades, a bronzing shade, and a strobe highlight, and the Sheer Sculpting Palette from Fiona Stiles (Light/Medium). I will dust the finishing powder from the Hourglass palette all over my face and onto my eyes to set my foundation and concealer. Then I hop over to the Fiona Stiles palette for my contour. And then I go back to the Hourglass palette for bronzer and Surreal Glow blush. For powder and contour, I use a Real Techniques Multi-task brush and the Real Techniques Tapered Blush brush for blush. (Did that make you dizzy?)
After I bronze and blush my face, I use the fan brush from Real Techniques to apply the highlight in the shade Wisp from Colourpop. While it’s a true gold highlight, it’s not super obvious, especially applied with a fan brush. It creates more of a lit from within-ish glow and it really easy and lasts all day. I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and along my cupid’s bow (the dip in your top lip).
After the face is done, I obviously move onto the eyes, which are super simple usually. Since I already primed when I did my face, I don’t take time for this step. I will take Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Sequin and apply it all over my lid, up to my crease, with my finger. Then, I take a blending brush and smoke it out so it is blended nicely around the crease and looks clean. I finish up the shadow with a matte cream colored powder along my brow bone–sometimes from the contour palette or whatever shadow is closet to me at the moment. And I usually pop whatever highlight I’m using on my face on the inner corners of my eye, to brighten.
Sometimes I do winged liner with this look, but usually I don’t wear liner. When I do, I have been using the black Tattoo Liner from Kat Von D. It goes all day without smudging or fading. It’s amazing.
The I finish up with curling my lashes and mascara. I got the Ubame Mascara from Milk Makeup in last month’s Birchbox, and I am seriously in love. It doesn’t leave my lashes super crunchy (you know what I mean?). The finished application looks so natural but darkened and voluminous. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out.
One of the last steps in my routine are brows, because a few different things happen. If I have extra time, I use the brow pencil from Colourpop in Honey Blonde to fill in sparse areas and shape. I have really been loving warmer toned brows for the past few months, especially in conjunction with a darker brow gel. More often than not, though, I just take Benefit’s Gimme Brow in #3 and brush it through my brows to shape them and hold them in place.
With this look in particular, I bounce between a few lip shades. Again, it’s usually whatever is closest to me, but the three I’ve been loving are these:
- Wet n’ Wild Matte Lipstick (I forget what it’s actually called) in #902C ‘Bare It All’–It’s a little drying if you wear it more than one day at a time, but it lasts for hours and is super matte (not to mention really cheap).
- Milani Color Statement Lipstick in ‘Orange-Gina’–a metallic orange that, again, lasts for hours.
- Rimmel Provocalips in #750 ‘Heart Breaker’–This is my favorite liquid lipstick formula. It’s comfortable and literally lasts all day long without transferring or fading. It’s truly incredible. And I love this brick red shade for fall.
And that’s it. The post itself was wordy, but this look takes me 10 minutes, tops. It’s so fast and easy, but I can always trust the products are going to last, mesh well together, and look fantastic.
What are some of your go-to makeup products and looks for fall? Let me know in the comments and tag me in photos on Twitter and Instagram @jacqie__ . I would love to see your every day fall looks.
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