I don’t know about you, but autumnal colours really get me going. I love the bright reds, burnt oranges, and mustard yellows so I often feel quite inspired at this time of year in terms of makeup. I go through phases where I absolutely love putting on a full face of makeup and that it definitely during autumn/winter. I thought I would share my usual go-to makeup look during autumn.
So I will always start off with a clean face. I usually use the Simple Kind to Skin Foaming Cleanser to make sure my face is clean in the morning. After that, I’ll then moisturise using my fave Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser to keep my face super smooth and soft. It’s important that you have a fresh, clean base to work with so I would always recommend washing your face and moisturising to not only prevent blemishes but also, so your makeup goes on smoothly.
I’m not a full-coverage kind of girl but I do like more coverage in the autumn/winter so I chose to use my YSL All Hours foundation in the shade BR20 – Cool Ivory. I love that this foundation is buildable but it still looks like your skin – just better. This foundation is matte which I also like at this time of year. I would perhaps avoid this foundation if you have dry skin as it may draw attention to any dry patches. I am lucky enough to have fairly normal skin so I love this foundation as I find it wo. If you’ve ever owned any YSL beauty products, you will know the distinct YSL smell and it just makes you feel good everytime you smell it.
To cover up any blemishes and dark circles, I used the Revolution Conceal and Define concealer in C1 and C3. Finally, to set my skin I used the shades Pretty Heart and My Gyal from the Imogenation x Revolution Highlight to the Moon palette to set my face. I did write a specific review of that palette and if you are interested in reading that then click here. I didn’t set my cheekbones with powder as I planned to use a liquid highlighter but I did set the rest of my face.
Once I had my base sorted, I used the same Imogenation palette to contour. I used the shades Literally and Warrior as they work so well together in giving you some definition. These are my new favourite contour shades, they are cool toned but not grey-looking, and they don’t look as if you’ve just thrown mud on your face. When I contour, I wear it in a way that almost looks like the shape of the number 3. So I start by brushing it on my forehead, then coming down to my cheekbones, and finally coming further down to my jaw for a more chiselled look. For the glow, I used the L’Oreal Glow Mon Amour Highlighter Drops in the shade champagne. These highlighter drops look so beautiful on your skin, it is blinding. Sometimes I like to wear this underneath a powder highlighter if I want a really intense look, but today I chose to wear it on its own as it is such a beautiful colour and looks so lovely on the skin. For a more natural look, I just put two little dots on my cheekbones and then blend it in with a brush. You can also put this on your brow bone or on the bridge of your nose if you’re looking for a really highlighted look.
Now we’re getting to the good stuff! I am not the best at eyeshadow but I do love playing around with different colours, different palettes, different styles. I love using bright reds and oranges in autumn as they really bring out blue eyes so I decided to use the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette and the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume III palette.
To start off with, I used the shade Sauced from UD in my crease as a transition to warm up my eyelid. Next up, I wanted to add more definition so I used a small eyeshadow brush with the shades He Devil and En Fuego to put in my crease and in the outer V. Now that I’ve got a nice gradient of colour, I used the shades Compass and Jewel from the Tarte palette on my eyelid for a nice golden shimmer. I absolutely adore this palette, the shimmers are so pigmented and look so beautiful on your lid. To finish off this eye look, I went back in with En Fuego to blend the edges of the shimmer shades so that there are no harsh lines and I took He Devil on my lower lash line. Lastly, I took Treasure from the Tarte palette to put in my inner corners to brighten up my eyes. The mascara I have been using lately is the KIKO Ultra Tech + volume and definition mascara and I do really like it as it definitely gives you a lot of volume.
To complete this autumnal look, I chose the L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte lipstick in the shade 430. I have to say, this is probably my favourite lipstick as it lasts all day long and does not dry your lips out like most other matte lipsticks. I always struggle putting on dark lipsticks as I always end up with it halfway across my face but these lipsticks are so easy to apply and doesn’t make you look like an absolute state.
What are your autumn favourites?