You’ve got the metallic eyeshadow, amazingly groomed brows, and the statement lip in both bold Brown and Luscious Berry. Are you sure you want to go with that sheer foundation and bronzer? Days spent out on the beach tanning are quickly turning into balmy afternoons more suited for cozy sweaters in front of a roaring fire, a sure sign that you may need to adjust your complexion routine. And that means both foundation and what goes on underneath it. It’s not just about the shade, it’s also about the texture and the finish of your foundation. Check out these tips to help you make the transition from summer to fall makeup effortlessly.
HAVE YOUR COLOR REMATCHED
Who doesn’t love gorgeously tanned skin all summer? But as your tan begins to fade, you’ll need to lighten up your foundation shade. Many people have a summer shade and a separate one for fall/winter, but don’t rely on it being the same one year after year. Swatch the shade on your jawline to be sure both the surface tone and undertone are still a great match for your skin. If it looks a bit off, you may need to pay a visit to your local cosmetic counter for a new color.
CONSIDER THE FORMULA
The warmer tones popping up in your fall makeup and wardrobe are also reflective of what your foundation should look like. You don’t have to go heavier, but you want something less sheer and more opaque. You’ll be sweating less than you were during the summer, so focus on a formulation that will “hug” your skin and make it appear luminous not shiny during those dryer fall and cooler winter months. Apply with a makeup sponge (Beautyblender is my fave!) for a natural airbrushed effect. If you can’t seem to let go of that sheer and natural life, try using a translucent powder to set and enhance the finish of your foundation and give it an updated look.
EASE UP ON THE BRONZER
A full face of bronzer is perfectly acceptable in the summertime, but for fall and winter… Not so much. Your bronzer should be no more than two shades deeper than your natural skin tone. Apply it after your foundation and powder in the hollows of the cheeks, at the temples, the hairline, and jawline if desired to add warmth and dimension to your complexion. If you’re caught in between your summer and fall/winter foundation shade, you can overcompensate with bronzer until your coloring tapers off.
UNDERNEATH IT ALL
What you put on before your foundation can make or break your look. To prevent your skin from absorbing all of the moisture from your makeup and causing it to disappear in no time flat, you’ll need to hydrate. And using a serum before you moisturize is the new normal. Apply serum to address any specific concerns like fine lines, enlarged pores or dehydration. It should penetrate deeper into the skin rather than sit on the surface. Some brands even offer a serum-moisturizer combo which can cut down on both your prep time and your budget. Hydrate with a product designed for your skin type and apply liberally under your foundation.