With the official start of fall comes my seasonal swap of not only clothes and shoes, but makeup, too. I physically swap out my clothes because I don't have enough room in my closet or dresser (yay apartment living!) to keep everything out year-round, and because we have distinct seasonal weather patterns here in Ohio, I also like the ritual of it, the ushering in of cold weather from warm and vice versa in the spring.
This means I not only put away all my shorts, sandals, cotton sundresses, maxi dresses and skirts, and anything with a tropical pattern, but I'm also oddly weird about not liking to break the rather outdated "rules" of fashion when it comes to color, the main one being no white after Labor Day (full disclosure - I wore a white sweater to work this past Friday only because I need to do laundry). I also put away all my bright colors, such as coral, hot pink, and turquoise, and my pastels, too. Out will come sweaters, tights, boots, and heavier knit dresses in various shades of grey, brown, and dark green. I also love berry, plum, and navy and wear more black in the fall and winter. And so it goes with my makeup, too.
I just finished what I call the makeup switcheroo this weekend and it's truly one of my favorite things to do this time of year. It's not so much that I don't have the room to have all my makeup at hand, but more so that I like to have the exact colors I want to use right at my fingertips. I mostly swap out eye and lip products, but there are a few cheek colors and darker foundations and concealers I put away, too, since any tan I might have gotten will definitely fade away over the next few months. Conversely, I don't put away highlighters and bronzers as I'll do plenty of highlighting during the holiday season and will continue to use bronzer throughout the fall and winter to warm up my pasty skin.
So, just like I do with my clothes, I shuttered away all the neon, hot, and fluorescent pink and coral lip colors and turquoise, shimmery pink, and bronzey eye colors I love to wear in the spring and summer and swapped them out with berry, plum, and deeper reds for the lips and deep browns, jewel tones, and warmer colors overall for the eyes. The other thing I love about the switcheroo is the opportunity to shop from my collection, so to speak, and rediscover items I haven't seen for the last six months or so. My boyfriend got a kick out of me yesterday as I swatched eyeshadows and eyeliners on the back of my hand and then immediately oohed and aahed over just how pretty the colors were.
As for trends, I always have a bit of a laugh when I hear or read that darker lips and a smokey eye are trending for the fall, because let's be honest, it's kind of a given. However, the trend I have my eye on this season (pun totally intended) that lends a new twist on the smokey eye is a beautiful red color, inspired by the Fall 2016 Le Rouge No. 1 collection by Chanel. And it's not just red on the lips or cheeks, but on the eyes as well. Add in some plum, brown, or black to tone it down some and it's absolutely beautiful, especially for green and blue eyes. Nic Chapman from Pixiwoo created a beautiful tutorial inspired directly by this look and Lisa Eldridge also created a similar look with a focus on natural, organic products. This is a trend I'll definitely be trying out at some point with mostly-a-match dupes I already own.
And finally, here are just a few of the products, both older and new, I'll be happily using as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to fall…
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00)
L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Smoldering Plum ($7.99)
MAC Eyeshadow x 9: Burgundy Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00)
Melt Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Enigma (Single $17.00 or Dark Matter Stack $48.00)
Milani Cosmetics Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in 09 Bella Navy & 11 Bella Charcoal ($4.99)
SheaMoisture 6-Well Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Desert Sand ($12.99) Bonus: Watch Cora from Vintageortacky's beautiful fall look tutorial using this palette.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Instigator ($17.00)
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color in 40 Berry Boost ($7.99)
Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in Dark Room ($19.00)
Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick in 21 Sangria ($5.99)
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned ($24.00)
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Thunderstorm (aka Hunk) $5.99
Yours in beauty,
Lady Bon Vivant