It’s fall, which means that a bevy of runway-inspired beauty products will be rolling out over the next few weeks. When you see some of this season’s gorgeous product-packaging, you may be tempted to splurge.
Luckily, I’m not the only one in favor of giving my cosmetic bag a makeover. Tim Quinn, Giorgio Armani’s Celebrity Face Designer and catwalk pro says, “Fall is the best time for women to invest in new beauty products because the weather is changing–and so is your skin. The products you’ve been using over the summer are not necessarily the best for your skin during the fall. Also, products lose their efficacy overtime and your makeup may have expired.”
I always lust after fall launches because it’s the time of the year when some of the year’s most high-energy shades and high-tech textures are released.
Take, for example, Burberry Cashmere Foundation, which debuted earlier this year. Burberry Make-up Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe says, “It delivers a flawless finish, it’s lightweight and, and it’s so comfortable to wear. Wearing the foundation is like wrapping yourself in a huge cashmere scarf.” I that find foundations launched during the fall are a bit heavy, especially with L.A.’s weather, but this one feels more like wearing a second skin–and it’s not drying like many matte versions. You don’t need to use a primer, and you can even skip the setting powder. The color options included deeper colors, too–tanned and darker skin tones rejoice!
Forgo the nudes this season! The new beiges and browns have subtley turned to rose-tinted hues. The right shade looks beautiful swept across your eyelids and cheeks when you’re not wearing any other makeup. Chanel’s Powder Blush in Alezane is an easy alternative to golden brown blushes–it’s not an English Rose color, but rather a warm pinky-brown–with a few gold speckles.
Cue the frenzy–the next trend, metallic smoky eyes, is pretty but gritty. Snag Givenchy’s Palette Metallic Reflection to get the look. The matte brown shadow can be smudged onto eyelids for a sooty effect, and you can mix the patina pink and purple shades for high dose of drama–without having to use a lot of product. The shadows go on like suede, but don’t look like an 80s disco redux.
Think red lips are boring? Ha. The stalwart red is always en vogue for fall–and this year is no exception. Tim says, “This fall there’s a complexity of dimension and a play on texture. Matte red is not the only way to go.” Instead of the flat finish, go with Armani’s Ecstasy Lacquer in 402, which is an oh-so-classy cherry color that really pops with a high shine, high pigment texture–without any stickiness.
If you prefer a less-is-more, barefaced look, be sure to accentuate your eyes with Stila’s HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara. The bristles on the hourglass shaped brush add tremendous volume. One Sephora fan said she “likes it better than sex.” I’ll just say this–the effect: très magnifique.
Whether models on the fall runways were gilded or scribbled on with graphic eyeliners, burgundy popped up on almost everyone’s fingers and toes. If you don’t have the gumption to wear a bold, punky eye or lip, Nails Inc. created an utterly sexy merlot shade in a sanguineous shade with designer Alice & Olivia to accent your peep toes. It’s limited edition, so act fast.