OC Woman: Fall Face Time
Written by Danilae Smith
Fall Face Time.
Go from summer to fall in these simple steps.
The weather is cooling, the kids are fully engulfed in school and the holiday bells are beginning to ring. It must be fall. While most OC-ers exchange flip flops for boots and ensure a fall wardrobe is in place for this season, many don’t do the same for their face. To get the scoop on how to transition from summer to fall with ease, Parenting OC consulted esthetician and make-up artist, Melissa Caufield. “Fall is my favorite time of the year, especially when it comes to make-up,” said Caufield. “I feel that during this time of year, you can wear a little more make-up since it is not so hot outside,” she added.
First and foremost, is skin. During a transition season known to dry skin out, many use the same skin care regiment they use during summer. However, as the weather cools, skin loses a lot of the moisture it had during summer. This is why it’s so important to ensure it styas hydrated. “The season is changing and so is our skin. I highly recommend women using tinted moisturizer with SPF to give the skin an even tone as well as to keep skin hydrated,” said Caufield. She added, “Look for an SPF of 30 or higher and check for non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Dermatologist tested is also good to look for as well.” Using a tinted moisturizer will help keep skin stay hydrated and minimizes the need to use multiple products. However, if heavier coverage is more in line with your make-up routine, a tinted moisturizer may not be the best choice, as it doesn’t provide the type of coverage that foundation does.
For those looking to fall into fall with heavier make-up coverage, use a foundation, just make sure to use a good moisturizer underneath. It will not only hydrate skin, giving it a lively glow, it will act as a primer and helps foundation to stay on a bit longer. Another important note for foundation during the fall season is ensuring the color is correct. During fall and winter, most women’s skin will lighten as a result of less time in the sun. For this reason, it’s important that women have two foundation colors: One for spring and summer and one for fall and winter. Finding the right tone will keep make-up looking natural and flawless and less fake and cakey. According to Caufield, beause there are so many different tones to skin shades, finding the right color to match your face can be a bit tricky so she recommends having a make-up artist or someone at a cosmetic counter help you. However, for those brave enough to color match on their own, Caufield suggests finding three different shades that are close to your skin color. “Apply all three next to each other in three swipes. Whichever one blends in and matches the neck and chest color is your best bet.” Going a shade lighter during the colder seasons can make many nervous about looking too pale, but there are a few make-up tricks to add life and color into your fall face.
Caufield’s vote for a tinted moisturizer goes to Revision Skin Care’s Intellishade. Available in matte or original, it has an SPF of 45 and creates the right amount of hydration for dried-out, fall skin.
Instead of spending time and money in a tanning booth, an easy solution for a faux sun kissed look is using a little bronzer. “We also tend to lose our summer glow so this is where a soft bronzer can come into play,” Caufield said. They come in a variety of colors and consistencies: liquid, powder, creams and gels, the key is finding a bronzer that works for you and your skin tone. As a general rule, look for a bronzer that is one to two shades darker than your skin tone.Too light and there won’t be an added glow, too dark and the bronzer can make your face look dirty. For those with fair skin try a rose or peach colored bronzer; women with medium or olive skin should look into a sheer copper or earth-colored bronzer works best; and those with dark brown skin should use a rich, chocolaty-brown color with a hint of shimmer. With bronzers, finding the right color is half the battle. The other half is applying it correctly, as even the right color can look wrong, if not applied correctly. “I use it wherever the light naturally hits the face: hairline, temples, cheekbones and jaw line,” said Caufield. Overall application makes make-up look believable, since when we get tan, we get tan all over.
Just because the summer is over, does not mean that summer glow has to go away. Try using a bronzer to add a little sun-kissed color. Caufield’s choice is Make-Up Forever.
Once the skin is primed, pretty and redy to be seen, add some fun color to your pucker. The best way to do that during the fall season is to find a lipstick in line with the colors of the season. Rich tones such as plum, berry and mauve colors are great picks for fall colors. “I love a berry lip for fall. You can do just a sheer wash of color like Plumful or Brave lipstick from MAC or go bold with Diva from MAC,” said Caufield. A good lipstick can add a dramatic look for a night out during holiday festivities or just simple added warmth to everyday routines. Be sure to line the lips outside your natural lip line to give lips definition. Some women argue to do it before, others argue to do it after, do whatever works for you. Also, a tip to help lipstick stay on a tad bit longer is to fill in the lips with lip liner as a base before applying.
For a more powerful fall pout, Caufield suggests using a rich tone similar to MAC Cosmetics’ “Diva.”
For a subtle yet seasonal fall lip, Caufield likes MAC Cosmetics “Brave” lipstick.
From hydrated skin, a natural yet sunless bronze glow and a pop of color with a berry lip, this pretty fall look is an upside to summer ending.