Give me all the dewy makeup and skincare, please. My skin always throws a bit of a hissy fit at this time of year. It looks and feels duller and lacklustre, so any help in the radiance department is much appreciated. A product that never leaves my makeup bag all year round is the Clarins Instant Concealer. Its creamy formula revives and brightens the undereye area without feeling heavy on the skin or sitting in any fine lines. Even if it’s the only makeup I put on that day, it makes my whole face look instantly more rested and awake.
Another product that helps gives my pale skin a bit of a lit from within glow. I’m a huge fan of lightweight liquid formulas over powders and this one never fails to give my pores a healthy boost. I wear it alone as a base on my ‘no makeup, makeup’ days when my skin needs livening up or I pat it over my foundation across my cheekbones to give my complexion a natural-looking radiance.
Like a spa in a bottle! This is a new skincare discovery for me – it’s a lightweight daily oil that absorbs effortlessly into the skin without feeling sticky or greasy. Ideal for using both morning and night before your moisturiser or night cream to give your complexion a radiance kick. I love this stuff!
I wear this over my serum or face oil for extra luminosity. It’s a silky smooth and hydrating leave-on mask that visibly brightens the skin and combats damage from free radicals. Anything that helps keeps my collagen production ticking along is a friend of mine.
This gentle creamy mask is perfect for those days when your skin needs a little extra TLC. Formulated with red clay, carrot, red vine, rose hip and chamomile and rosemary essential oils, it’s super smooth, non-drying and supple. It’s also a good product for girls on the go as you only need to leave it to work for 3-5 minutes.
I’m not massively well versed in the art of retinol but I know it works wonders for speeding up cell turnover and boosting collagen production and that’s enough to convince nearly-thirty-year-old me I need it in my life. It only contains 1% retinol which is low enough for minimal irritation, making it a great introduction to this feisty molecule or those with sensitive skin. It also contains pore-plumping hyaluronic acid for a firmer, younger and better hydrated complexion.
Throw in a super hydrating sheet mask once a week and I’m good to go! This one is packed with superfoods and antioxidants like Vitamin C, celery, pear and avocado to calm and balance the skin.
I’m curbing the traditional matte vibes of autumn and embracing the summer dew for a bit longer. My skin is always better with a bit of colour and hydration, so I’ve been adding Oskia Adaptive Tan Drops* to my face oil twice a week and have stayed with my Madara Anti-Pollution CC Cream* from the summer as my base – it’s very hydrating but doesn’t sit on the skin, so I feel like I’m makeup free whilst still rocking some coverage!
Speaking of that glow, I’ve become attached to the gorgeous shimmer and colour of the Balm’s Bonnie-Lou Manizer Highlighter* – it’s like a bronzer and highlight in one, adding a really nice golden depth to my cheeks and that much wanted sparkle, and I think it looks really nice against darker, warmer autumn makeup as well as low-key summer nudes.
I find autumn is THE TIME to go in on eyes and lips, so I’ve gone for two darker shades in the Brunch Date Palette – Mimosaall over the lid, and Extra Slice in the crease and under my eye, blended out with a fluffy brush for a gorge cat-eye feel. I then go in with a layer or two of the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara* which has been a long-time favourite for fluffy, volumised, and dark lashes.
Last year I wore this Wideye polish in Cygnus from October to January and I’m pretty sure I will do again, as it’s a gorgeous dark red that’s perfect for the time of year – it’s also 5-free and lasts about a week on my hands, which is pretty good going for me!
Finally, I’ve upped the oil intake in my evening routine again, reaching back to the Oskia Restoration Oil*. I use about 3 drops, but it really hydrates and plumps my skin, and as I have combination skin, it puts the hydration where I need it and balances the areas where I’m typically oily – great win for this time of year!
I have to kick off my autumn essentials with a bit of fake tan. I only started using these Tan Luxe drops* this summer but I’m already in love and they stop me from looking ill when the colder months come!
I tend to use quite a high coverage foundation after summer and this Urban Decay one* is a fave, it can be a little drying but luckily I plaster myself with Weleda Skin Food* every morning as a base (best tip ever from Katie Jane Hughes). Picked up the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Concealer* because I’d seen it about a million times and I won’t lie, it hasn’t disappointed me yet!
I’ll blast a bit of this NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm* throughout the day, chapped lips are NOT for me, and I save the ol’ matte liquid lips for the evenings and weekends.
A few new faces and a couple of timeless classics is how I would describe my Autumn essentials edit. I’m never far away from my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm* and use it religiously all year round but with the colder days drawing in my lips are always the first to show signs of needing a little extra TLC. For a similar reason I’m gravitating towards a gloss rather than a really matte lip at the moment, these Bare Minerals glosses* have a great colour pay off and staying power. Never one to neglect my skincare i’m currently loving the Banana eye cream from Ole Henriksen, it’s a product that definitely lives up to the hype and my newest find, is the Kate Somerville Retinol + Vitamin C*. It’s amazing, I literally saw a difference after just a few days of using it. A bit of a classic, the Armani Luminous silk foundation never fails, I used it on my wedding day so it’ll always be a firm favourite. I always make sure i use a good serum AM and PM without fail, I’m currently loving this one by BareMinerals*, a little goes a long way. Finally my go to eyeshadows right now are in the Copper palette by BareMinerals*, the shades are like Autumn in a pan.
My makeup and beauty regime stay fairly the same throughout each season but I do tailor different products for specific needs as the weather changes. I’m a very dry and dehydrated little raisin when the colder months roll around, therefore I tend to change up my moisturiser and serums to counter act this. I’ll go for slightly thicker moisturiser like the Embryolisse Cream* and i’m currently using a Lumene Vitamin C Serum* which is brightening my skin wonderfully. I love a good hydrating or vitamin c mask too, which is why i’m obsessed with the TachaViolet-C Vitamin C Mask* I always notice such a difference when i’ve used this. Makeup wise, I use a slightly heavier foundation as my skin loses it’s summer glow, Nars Sheer Glow*is the perfect balance of coverage whilst still being able to see your skin and have that lovely natural glow. I’ll aslo be much more likely to reach for a berry toned lip too!
I tend to keep my makeup fairly simple all year round but probably wear the most at this time of year. My skin is never a huge fan of the weather changing and tends to rebel with both dryness and blemishes (joy!) so Autumn for me requires a heavy moisturiser and a little more coverage than normal. To keep it feeling natural though I stick to more neutral tones, I love cosy brown shades to add a bit of warmth to my face after my summer tan fades.
After that it’s just eyes and brows; Glossier’s Boy Brow* to add a bit of shape to my brows and then a simple eye in a warm brown with a bit of shimmer, this Bobbi Brown mini palette is ideal for that. I line my eyes with MAC’s Kohl in Teddy*, a lovely bronze with a hint of sparkle, and add thick black lashes with Tarte’s Maneater Mascara*. To finish, I’m currently loving MACs Fresh Brew*, the perfect warm toned nude that’s super creamy and pretty long wearing for a nude shade.
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