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The Best Beauty Products To Buy This Fall: The Lips Edition

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Fall lips seem to come in two very different categories: light – barely-there beiges and mauves – and dark – reds, deep berries, and, this season’s hottest hue: oxblood (like red, but darker and more vampy with either purple or brown undertones).

This fall, deciding to do your lips as the afterthought (nude) or the main focal point (bold) is an entirely personal choice. But to help you settle on a specific shade, we’ve put together our favorite fall hues in a variety of formulas and finishes. Whether you’re partial to matte or gloss, muted or metallic, there’s a lippy for you.

Every season, a neutral lip is a beauty staple seen on a legion of celebrities and fashionistas, and this fall is no exception. The nude lip is usually paired with a darker, smokey eye and, while this is still a viable option, this season’s natural, glossy lid and contoured skin compliments fall’s barely-there mouth, too. The nudes of fall 2014 come in matte, glossy, sheen, and metallic finishes.

1. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in RS727 ($25) – This rosy-grey shade is the perfect pinky nude with an enviable budge-free lacquer finish.
2. Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N52 ($20) – A sheer, peachy nude that offers the perfect hint of color and shine.
3. Stila Magnificent Metals Lip Gloss in Kitten ($23)- One of this season’s hottest trends is metallic everything, and that means the pucker, too. Micro-fine pearls and a satin finish leave lips with a barely-there hue and some seriously sexy sparkle.
4. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Leche ($24) – For the matte enthusiast, this brand takes the cake. The highly pigmented shades, crayon-like applicator, and budge and smudge-proof formula are perfect for that painted-on pout. Leche is a dusty pale pink that may even be lighter than your actual lip color (which is kind of the point).
5. L’Oreal Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes ($8) – Six gorgeous nude shades named after L’Oreal’s ambassadors like Julianne Moore and Eva Mendes. Each nude compliments a specific skin tone, from golden-based complexions (Eva) to very fair complexions (Julianne) to darker tones (Liya).

Fall’s bold lip runs the spectrum from the classic candy apple red to the more moody oxblood to the brooding aubergine. This lip can be paired with a smokey eye (the fall 2014 runways showcased high voltage eyes and lips) or a neutral lid. A dewy, flawless complexion gives this lip finish two options: matte to work against the skin and shiny to work with it.

1. Laura Mericer Lip Glace in Desire ($24) – Like the name suggests, the lip glace is glamorously glossy. Desire is a full bodied burgundy (sounds like we’re talking wines) with a hint of shimmer.
2. Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodrose ($35) – Described as a velvety merlot (again, there’s that wine metaphor), Bloodrose is right on trend with this season’s oxblood obsession. It’s not a matte nor a gloss, this finish lies somewhere in the middle. Think creamy full coverage.
3. Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Augergene and Truffle ($24) – A creamy matte eggplant and deep brown, respectively. Both fall under the must-have vibe of fall’s vampy, 90’s pout.
4.Nars Hardwire Lipstick in Deadly Catch ($26) – This limited-edition crimson red is part of the Holiday collection and, as such, it’s pretty much the perfect Christmas party classic color. The matte finish is ideal for mistletoe make outs.
5. Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip and Cheek Chubby in Raisin the Roof ($6) – This lip and cheek stick by Drew Barrymore offers full coverage for lips and buildable color for cheeks (love a multitasking product!). Raisin the Roof is a dark, berry purple that will put you right on trend with fall’s aubergine fascination.

*For our best fall beauty products: the eyes edition, click here.

Skin: Do The Dew

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Natural, healthy skin is in, we know this. But what we see on the runways and in our favorite glossy rag mags, aren’t always achievable in every day life. In fact, creating an actual glowing visage requires hard work, especially for those – like me – who weren’t born and blessed with a Cara Delevingne complexion.

Here are 5 essential tips for achieving dewy skin:

1. Facials  A dewy complexion starts with your actual skin, so take the time to work with it. Weekly to bi-monthly deep cleansing facials with the fabulous Gina Mari (this woman knows her way into a pimple like no other), have really helped to clear the dead skin and acne-causing debris. Gina talks about skin as if it’s a muscle group and she’s the trainer – it’s all about repetition and consistency. Find a facialist that you adore – and who isn’t afraid to go deep – and never pick or prod at your own skin again…. ever.

2. Less Is More – Sometimes, less really is more. Especially if you’re yearning for a natural-looking complexion which, by its very definition means little-to-no makeup. So, put away those foundations and opt for a tinted moisturizer — or  go bare and spot treat problem areas with a creamy concealer like Cle de Peau Concealer (this is one of those Holy Grail, must-have product in every beauty arsenal). I’ve forgone my BB and CC Creams for the light, classic Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. The formula is so sheer that it looks as though you’re wearing nothing at all, but it blends into an even, natural, glowing color that is the same shade as your skin tone but without the imperfections. Obsessed all over again.

3. Layering Skincare – I’m all about layering products to get the most of their benefits. For that inner glow, you’ll want to include a Vitamin C serum, a product rich in hyaluronic acid, and a moisturizer (preferably one that contains glycolic acid or another exfoliating ingredient). I was recently introduced to Kat Rudu and her all-natural skincare line and I can’t even begin to tell you how much they’ve changed my complexion. I look healthy, vibrant, and, yes, dewy. I use them all in conjunction with one another – Vitamin C Serum, Liquid Lift Peptide Serum, and Hydra Cell Bright Citrus Moisturizer, but if I had to choose the one game-changer, it would be the Liquid Lift Peptide Serum. Silk amino acids replenish texture and resiliency by bonding with the water in the skin while rosehip oil, vegan essential fatty acids, moisturize and regenerate cell turnover without ever causing a blemish! (Note: I have extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin. This stuff is so gentle yet so effective.). For drier skin types, I suggest using a face oil layered under a moisturizer, like Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil paired with Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream to give your skin a plump, dewy effect.

4. Retinoid – Daily or bi-weekly use of a retinoid is key. I go straight for the prescription strength Retin-A but there are plenty of over-the-counter products that contain a Vitamin A component. It’ll speed up cell turn over, even out uneven skin tones, clear away acne scars, and soften fine lines and wrinkles. And, it’s preventative (score!). TRY: REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream or Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, both products offer anti-aging benefits that will ultimately expose the dewier you.

5. Glowing Makeup – Now that we’ve got our skin perfected and protected, it’s time to turn to makeup that can help in our quest for that inner glow. When I interviewed MAC Senior Artist John Stapleton on fall beauty trends, he urged everyone to purchase a face cream with a lustre effect (MAC Strobe Cream was his go-to). I’ve been playing around with Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow and I’m officially obsessed. Not only do I get bombarded with compliments every time I wear it, but I actually notice a difference too. The cream has a light diffuser technology which both creates illumination and fills in fine lines. It’s literally dew in a bottle. I spot treat brow bones, cheek bones, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow, but you can mix with your daily moisturizer and apply over the entire face too. Another crucial aspect of glowing makeup is to use creamier based blushes. Tata Harper’s new Lip and Cheek Tints are sheer enough to look natural, creamy enough to be blendable, and pigmented enough to give you that perfect hint of glowing flush. Very Sweet is complexion-changing (seriously).

How To Get Fall’s Monochromatic Face

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Monochromatic means “containing or using only one color.” In beauty terms, a monochromatic face is one that displays like colors on all features: eyes, lips, and cheeks. The Fall 2014 runways were bustling with this natural, even toned look and it’s one of our favorite fall trends because of its simplicity. We called on celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, whose clients include Lucy Hale, Sarah Hyland, and Laura Dern, to walk us through the perfect fall monochromatic face.

“To achieve the monochromatic beauty look that was seen on many of the fall runways, you’ll want to keep the eyes, lips, and cheeks all within the same muted tones. Stick to light browns and beiges with neutral or cool undertones and try and stay away from orange or warm hues.

Keep the skin natural with a tinted moisturizer like Dior Hydralife BB Creme and a light dusting of translucent powder to set the skin. Try Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. To sculpt the face, use a contour color that won’t add warmth to the skin, but rather adds slight dimension. I suggest Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Natural. Let the contour be your only cheek color and don’t add any additional blusher.

For the eyes, multiple neutral matte shadows will give you a sculptured look when combined on the lid and crease. Having a lighter color on the lid – like Laura Mercier’s Matte Shadow in Cafe au Lait – and a slightly darker one in the crease – like Laura Mercier Matte Shadow in Coffee Grounds or MAC Soft Brown – will sculpt the eyes and allow them to standout without looking too done up.

Skip the mascara but do consider adding a beige liner to the bottom water line. Try Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner  to make the whites of the eyes seem brighter.

Keep the brows natural and add a sheer neutral color to the lips, such as Burts Bees Tinted Balm in Honeysuckle.”

The Best Beauty Products To Buy This Fall: The Eyes Edition

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As the adage goes, “the eyes are the window into our soul,” which sounds pretty voyeuristic to us, but this fall, we’re really feeling eye makeup. And a batty lash or kohl-rimmed eye inevidibly leads to your soul, right?

As MAC Senior Makeup Artist John Stapleton explained in our Beauty Bible of Fall 2014 beauty trends, eye trends cover every end of the spectrum – from navy-lined lids to texture-mixing metallics.

Here, our favorite fall beauty products for the eyes:

cream shadows for fall

Cream Shadows
Practically every brand has released a cream shadow as part of their fall collections. Cream adds texture and can be applied alone or layered with powder shadows. Creams in this season’s coveted color spectrum range from muddy beiges and browns to shimmering gilded shades.
TRY: Armani Eye & Brow Maestro in Gold, Medium Brown, and Light Blonde, all creamy formulas in fall’s muddy and metallic shades that pair well together; Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner in Smokey Topaz and Sunlit Bronze, two rich metallic shades that look like the sun has kissed your eyes and left sparkly bits; Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Moni Cream Eye Colour in Cocoa, a gorgeous muted, matte brown to define and structure the eye.

eye palettes for fall

Palettes are practical and, for the most part, foolproof. They also offer up between 2 and 20 (sometimes more!) complimenting shadows in shades that are on trend for fall. Smokey eyes made simple(ish).
TRY: Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Mocha is everything (we dedicated a Weekly Must Have post to this near-perfect eye palette); Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Eye Palette, a mix of wearable nudes and browns in both matte and metallic finishes; Kevyn Aucoin  Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Spirit, 12 shadows ranging from mattes to shimmers in lustworthy shades; Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate, four classy, complimentary muted browns and beiges.

eyeliners for fall

Stapleton stressed the need for adding navy into our lid life. He also urged to purchase a serious black liner as architecturally-lined eyes are a trend for fall. Even if you’re sticking with your tried-and-true cat eye, a liquid liner will be your best friend this season.
TRY: Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner, a gel liner that literally hugs your lash line (love, love); Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in Matte Black and Matte Navy, ultra glide matte liners new for fall, LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eye Liner, a no-budge navy liquid liner with the perfect pen-like applicator.

Extras: Since neutral metallics are a trend this fall, we’re loving Kevyn Aucoin’s Loose Shimmer Shadows in every color, but Kunzite and Sunstone are our top picks (yes, they were a summer offering but these two shades carry into fall perfectly). Both offer that coveted, glowing, gilded lid look without seeming overwhelming.

Happy fall shopping!

Style: 5 Runway Worthy Hair Wraps

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Giambattista Valli’s Fall 2014 show in Paris was peppered with cotton candy colors, bold stripes, and garden prints. Valli described the collection as having  “a late-sixties, early-seventies kind of freedom and eccentricity.” This eccentricity manifested in the way the designer seamlessly mixed luxe ball gowns with pajama tops and hair ties. On Giambattista’s mood board for this collection were images of icon Diana Vreeland looking effortlessly chic lunching by the pool with a towel or large scarf wrapped around her hair. This image of relaxed glamour was the overarching theme of Valli’s glorious presentation. Never have hair wraps looked so enchanting. If you’re like me and dying to channel this charming and chic accessory now, here are a few favorites:

1. Eugenia Kim Natalia Headband $91 – This periwinkle piece looks great with beach waves and all white. High waisted white denim with a white tank and this pop of color will give you a fresh take on laid back glamour.

2. Missoni Mare Turban Zig Zag Turban $238 – Missoni classic woven pieces are timeless. This style with a flowing black maxi dress or a black jumpsuit makes is a chic option I always gravitate to.

3. Missoni Mare Lurex Turban $260 – I love the mix of color and texture in this head piece. This looks great with vintage washed denim and a well draped white blouse.

4. Free People Myna Headband $18 – The vintage inspired print makes this one of my favorites, I would pair it with a spaghetti strap white maxi dress and nude open toes sandals.

5. Asos Knot Turban Headband $11.43 – This turban paired with a pastel colored garden floral blouse and vintage denim shorts reflects the same  free spirited whimsy found on Valli’s runway.

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