I've put together a little list of some of the ways you can transition your beauty routine from summer into fall/winter. Some of these changes will be based upon your skin and hair, and how they change with the seasons, but some will just be simple color changes:
1) Moisturizer: Most people find that their skin is drier in the cooler months. To keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, you need to make sure it gets enough moisture. This might mean applying your summer moisturizer more often or switching to a different, more moisturizing product for fall/winter. My face tends to be a little less oily in the cooler months, but it's still not what I would consider dry, so I don't change my facial moisturizer. Even though I have mature skin, it's still prone to breakouts, so when I find a moisturizer that works for me, I tend to stick with it. Right now, I'm using Origins Three Part Harmony Oil-infused Serum for daytime, and at night I combine it with the Origins Three Part Harmony Nourishing Cream .
Those products are a bit pricey, I know. Another moisturizer that I really like for daytime use is Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30 - and for night, I like Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator . These last two are about half the price of the Origins moisturizers.
2) Foundation: If you're like me, you tend to wear a lightweight foundation in a slightly darker shade during the summer. When it starts to cool off, one of the first things I change is my foundation. I use the same product, but I usually go a shade lighter. I might be more likely to try a foundation that is a little heavier or more moisturizing, but for the most part, I tend to stick with the products that work for me. Right now, I really like Diorskin Nude Air Serum , Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless , and Revlon ColorStay .
I know those colors look totally different in that photo and you would never think the same person could wear all three - but I can. The Dior is not nearly as dark or as "orange" as it appears in this photo, and I think the Revlon photographed so light because of the SPF in it. Only the Maybelline is true to it's actual color.
3) Blush: If summer is all about tropical fruit colors, then fall is all about jewel tones and earthy colors - and I think we see that change in makeup as well as in fashion. In spring and summer, I tend to wear lighter, more sheer blush colors, so in fall and winter, I will go for slightly deeper versions of those shades. I stick with shades that look best on me. I'm pretty fair-skinned in the cooler months, so I can't go too dark - I look for lighter plums or dusty roses. Two of my favorites are True Romantic from MAC (which is an older shade and no longer available, similar is Breath Of Plum ), and Unleashed, which is in my Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette .
4) Lipstick: Everything I said about blush also applies to lipstick. When the temperature cools off, I take my cue from the flowers and trees - I deepen my lip colors. Instead of tropical, fruity shades of pink, plum, and coral, I wear rose, mauve, and YLBB neutral shades. I've recently fallen in love with Rimmel's Eastend Snob lipliner and Tower Of Mauve Moisture Renew Lipstick . (My daughter saw this combo on YouTube, used together with the liner over the lipstick as a dupe for a NARS lipstick. I don't know what shade, but it's very pretty together! I rarely watch YouTube videos, but I'm sure you could find it if you're interested!) I also like their Lasting Finish Airy Fairy lipstick , even though it's slightly shimmery. A couple of other favorites are Tarte's Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Blushing Bride and MAC's Lustre Lipstick in Hug Me (as you can see, this is a favorite and I need a new one!).
5) Nail color: Fall/winter is a great time to play around with all of those darker nail colors. I'm a CND Shellac maniac and get my nails done at the salon every 3 weeks. In the summer, I'm all about the bright tropical colors, especially Hot Pop Pink! But in the fall and winter, you'll see me in plums, reds, navy - mostly jewel tones - but occasionally a grey or metallic. If you're into doing your own nails, CND's Vinylux polish is an awesome polish. It's easy to apply, and dries within 10 minutes! You don't use a base coat, but there is a special top coat that helps the polish last at least a week. I use it on my toes, and it usually lasts at least 2-3 weeks. They offer all of the Shellac colors in Vinylux and a few other colors as well. Amazon is the best place to buy it - you can usually find it for around $6 with free shipping. My salon sells it for $10-12, Meijer sells it for around $8-10. For fall, I love Plum Paisley , Crimson Sash , Indigo Frock , and a couple of the new fall ones, Tartan Punk , and Rouge Rite .
6) Hair: I usually go a little darker in the fall and winter. My reasoning is that if my blonde highlights were natural, they would fade over that time anyway, so I just have my stylist make the blonde a little less "blonde" in the cooler months. In the picture below, you can sort of see the difference - the one on the left was taken in mid-July, and the one on the right was taken just a couple of weeks ago. Wow! I just realized how much my hair has grown over the summer! Anyway, if you have darker hair, fall/winter is a great time to play around with some deeper colors or add some fun shades.
And that's pretty much how I change up my beauty routine for fall/winter!
What are some of the things you do to change up your beauty routine for fall/winter?
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