Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumn Transitional Hues

autumn transitional makeup

My favourite season is now officially upon us and I'm pretty happy about that. There's something about the crispness in the air, not to mention cosy jumpers and fluffy socks that I can't get enough of! I'm such a homebody, that's for sure. It's also a great excuse to mix up your makeup and pick out some autumn worthy hues.

I'm keeping it quite simple and low key but for eyes I really like a subtle burgundy hue. Anything too red and it can look a bit unhealthy, but the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate is ideal. It's got enough depth to it due to the little pieces of shimmer in the formula but it's definitely not glittery. I tend to pat this all over the lid with a finger and blend out with a fluffy Zoeva luxe crease brush. I'm not sure if I got a dodgy pot of this or whether its the colour but it doesn't have as much pigment or blend as nicely as some of the other shades in the range. Given it's quite a bold colour the lack of pigment is actually quite a godsend. I would much rather build up colour than end up with too much!

For cheeks there really is no better choice than the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed. It's the perfect dusky pink that suits all skin tones and gives you that "I've just been out in the cold" kinda flush. On pale skin this is perfect for adding a little definition and contour. Of course if you still have a NARS Douceur knocking about then go for it. Both hues are right up there on my list of loves and they're pretty much on rotation all year round, but in autumn they come into their own for a subtle yet realistic pop of colour.

My lips have started to feel the change of seasons already and have been a bit dry and cracked so I've not been wearing lipstick too frequently. Instead I've been loving the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. Containing shea butter this is a super hydrating lip balm which has a lovely deep red wash of colour. I really rate Korres as a brand and have a couple of of these now. Super easy to apply (even without a mirror), these lip butters last quite a while on the lips and the colour is really pretty and flattering but not too in your face at the same time.

Of course I used autumn as an excuse to buy a new nail polish. If that's not a good enough reason I don't know what is! I've wanted to try Only Fingers and Toes for a while now but they're only stocked online and at Harvey Nichols and they're darn expensive. I went for the shade Maharani, which is a gorgeous brick red with a touch of brown. When it first arrived I was a little disappointed as I have a few other polishes in pretty much the same shade. Once applied though it's definitely a bit different and it's super glossy. Two coats provide a perfect amount of even colour. I didn't find the lasting power too good if I'm honest, I think this chipped in around four days but it's such a lovely colour that I'm not too sad.

Certainly not a colour, but I've put the gorgeous Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne back in rotation. It's quite a warm and comforting scent and I always receive lots of compliments on it. It's a bit more complex than the ever popular Orange Blossom but quite similar, so certainly one to try if you like that kind of scent.

What autumn shades are you plumping for now it's jumper season?

Laura

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