Transitioning Your Makeup-Skincare-Beauty Routine from Summer into Fall/Winter


I've mentioned in my recent posts about Origins Three Part Harmony and Maple Holistics skincare products that my skincare needs change with the seasons. Most people find that they need to make a few adjustments to their skincare and beauty regime when the seasons change.

Transitioning Your Makeup-Skincare-Beauty Routine into Fall/Winter: Tips on how to change your everyday beauty routine for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter.

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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 I Feel Pretty's Pretty Pearlfection Cream and Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 for daytime, and at night I use the I Feel Pretty Pearlfection Cream with CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.

Two different sized bottles of Pretty Pearlfection Cream sitting on a wooden table with purple flowers in the background.
(I Feel Pretty's Pretty Pearlfection Cream)

Tube of Paula's Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense lying on a wooden table
(Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30)

Bottle (and box) of CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion sitting on a blue-patterned surface with a wooden wall behind
(CeraVe PM Facial Moisurizing Lotion)

Right before I go to bed I apply the last moisturizer - Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream (I prefer the fragrance-free). I can definitely still feel this on my skin in the morning, so it's great at hydration as well as plumping fine lines.


2) Foundation: 
If you're like me, you tend to wear a lightweight foundation in a slightly darker shade during the summer. When the weather starts to cool, 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'm using Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream and Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation.

Three tubes of Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in three different shades lying on a wooden table
(Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream)

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 cool 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 the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette. I also like Tarte's Paaarty and Dollface, as well as Benefit's Dandelion.

palette with eyeshadow and blush and a single tin of blush lying on a floral surface
(blush colors)

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. My best shades are blue pinks and plum/mauve, so I wear those year round. But in the fall I tend to go with formulas that aren't quite as sheer as my summer choices. My favorite liners are Rimmel's Eastend Snob and a Colourpop shade that is no longer available (of course). My go-to lipcolor is MAC's Syrup (lustre). I also reach for Too Faced La Creme in Razzle Dazzle Rose, but I usually put that over another color. My favorite Lipsense shades are Goddess and Sassy Z.

Blonde woman with long layered hair wearing Goddess Lipsense Lip Color by Senegence!
(Sassy Z Lipsense)

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 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. For fall, I love Plum Paisley, Indigo Frock, Tartan Punk, and Masquerade.

infographic with five shades of CND shellac nail polish

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 pictures below, you can sort of see the difference - in the first one you can see more highlights, and in the second one, you can see more lowlights (we were under a tent so the light was diffused). Fall/winter is a great time to play around with some deeper colors or add some fun shades.

Blonde woman with long layered hair wearing Sassy Z Lipsense Lip Color by Senegence!
(lighter summer hair color)

Blonde woman with long layered hair wearing Sassy Z Lipsense Lip Color by Senegence!
(fall/winter hair color with more lowlights)

And that's 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?


Kim A.
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