By Deborah Goldstein
You’ve rotated your wardrobe for fall, but if you haven’t yet traded your bronzer for a protective moisturizer, now’s the time to get your fall beauty business in orderfrom head to toe.
Start with your skin. Exfoliate weekly with your favorite body scrub to make the most of what’s left of your summer glow (whether it’s fake or real). Exfoliating throughout winter will remove dry, flaky skin and keep it from looking dull. And while your feet need no longer be sandals-cute, regular pedicures throughout the cold weather months will ensure soft and smooth feet.
Revive beach-beaten hair with a moisturizing treatment or hair mask. If the sun faded your color or turned your highlights brassy, freshen them up. And instead of a getting just a trim, why not ditch your split ends for a trendy new cut? (We love Dianna Agron’s sexy, shaggy bob!)
Makeup in citrusy, iridescent summer colors now take a backseat to fall palettes that include intense violets, magenta, and navy. And don’t forget to trade that breezy summer perfume for a slightly heavier, spicy scent for fall.
No matter what month it is, you’ll always want to put your best face forward. YouTube phenom and makeup maestro Lauren Luke shares how to fake a perfect complexion in her book, Lauren Luke Looks: 25 Celebrity and Everyday Makeup Tutorials. Here are the products you needand how to use them to mask myriad skin problems from oily T-zones to uneven skin tones.
1. Start with a moisturizer or primer. Either product will smooth the skin, make it easier to apply foundation, and help the foundation stay in place. Apply it all over the face, right up to the hairline. I like to use a cotton pad for this, but you can do it by hand.
2. Concealer will cover imperfections and flaws ready for makeup to be applied. It’s not for covering the whole face.
Tip: There is an easy way to choose the best color for concealer and foundation. Take three shades that are likely to go with your skin tone and apply side by side with the jawbone. Take the ring finger and smooth each one into the skin. The color that blends into your skin tone is the one to go with discard the others.
3. Foundation. I use a brush to apply foundation. It’s time consuming, but you will get a better effect. If you are in a hurry, there’s nothing wrong with using your fingers. Or you can do a bit of both to get into all those nooks and crannies. Be careful not to get foundation in your eyes it stings!
4. Finishing powder. I am starting to learn the value of this extra stepit sets the foundation. It can either be colored or translucent. To apply, use a really soft fluffy brush to swirl it in a circular motion all over the face and blend well into the foundation. Depending on how you feel about your skin, you can repeat these steps to get a really good finish.