Autumnal Shadows

Autumnal Shadows

A change of seasons, for me, also means a change in my makeup routine. The bronzy, glowy and more natural Summer looks are being traded in for chiselled, dark and full coverage Autumn/Winter picks. 

Orange/red shadows are my favourite look. I feel like they really complement my brown eyes and they match perfectly for the darker/colder weather. Some of my favourites are in the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe collaboration palette. It has THE perfect colours to get the perfect red/brown/orange look. You can create many autumnal looks from these colours; including a warm cut crease, smokey brown looks or a fiery burnt out eye. They blend out really easily into each other and reflect the autumnal leaves perfectly.

Contouring is essential for me when we start to venture into the later months. I spend all summer with a relaxed, bronzy face so by the time it gets to Autumn, I’m ready to be contoured and chiselled! The dark atmosphere and cold weather really help to accent the chiselled cheekbones and precise nose. One of my favourite products for contouring is the NYX Powder Contour Palette. This palette comes with eight colours – four banana type powders and four contour shades. One of the banana shades is also a highlight. I haven’t really used any of the lighter shades, however I love the dark shades to really shape my face. Some of the shades are WAY more pigmented than the others so you definitely need to swatch them all first so you know which ones! Two of the shades are more subtle and the other two are extremely pigmented, so be warned! Nevertheless, the colours blend out beautifully and warm up the face whilst shaping it- which is exactly what I need! Especially with wearing full coverage foundations in the winter, I need to bring the contours back into my face.

Speaking of full coverage foundations, these are also essential for me in the Autumn months when I want to look clean and fresh. My skin tends to get worse in the winter due to the weather change, so full coverage is definitely needed. The Fenty foundation is a great full conversation foundation. It is very matte so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have dry skin, however it is a life saver for oily skin as it doesn’t break through! The Fenty foundations are yellow undertoned, so I tend to mix it as my skin is more olive undertoned. The coverage is good and it’s buildable which I like. A cheaper alternative for this is the Maybelline Superstay Foundation. I LOVE this foundation! 

It retails at £10 and is super full coverage but doesn’t feel cakey or fake on the skin. It comes in a gorgeous rang of shades and you only need a tiny amount to cover your face so it lasts you a while. Definitely worth purchasing for the new season!

Finally, lips! This time of year is when my reds, dark purples, browns and dark pinks come out to play! I Iike to do a dark lip if I’m not doing eyeshadow. On my face, it gets a bit much if I have a dark eye and a dark lip. Some of my favourites are Mac New York Apple, Fenty Stunna Lip Paint, Mac Ruby Woo and Mac Velvet Teddy (as this is quite dark on me). A dark lip really helps to complement a contoured face, and that’s why I love it for the Autumn season!

So there are my top favourites for the new season. I love switching up my makeup depending on the weather and season, and Autumn has to be one of my favourites! Matching my eyes to the beautiful leaves and adapting my base layer to complement the weather and darkness outside. Let’s enjoy it before the snow hits and we are too cold to wear makeup!

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