I'm starting to step away from the dewy complexion, moving towards a more matte, heavy coverage formula that will survive the brunt of the cold and those long, dark days. The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Foundation ($39) offers long-lasting full coverage, available in a diverse selection of shades. The oil-free foundation is quite thick, but remains creamy and helps reduce the appearance of pores and discolourations. I have written about the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in more detail in a past post if you would like to read more about it. I pair this with the Urban Decay Naked Concealer (not pictured), which is one I wear all year round; while then going on to set both products with the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot (£12) which is another I use whatever the season.
I feel that as the weather gets colder, I want to emulate the deep raspberry tone that my face would exude if I were to stand outside in the cold all night. The SLEEK Blush in Pomegranate (£4.49) is a gorgeous deep berry/plum tone that can be built up to achieve your desired look. It's very pigmented but not as scary as it appears in the pan; a light dusting goes a long way.
As I mentioned previously, as autumn dawns it is all about the eyes and lip combo. A deep eye with a deep lip; probably the only time I feel I can get away with sporting both as apposed to just utilising one asset. I feel it is extra special to find a quad with four colours that harmonise well together, and one that is compact enough to slip into your make-up bag. I like to blend a few different colours together that are reminiscent of falling leaves, so I'd rather not have to use four separate products or carry a huge palette. The MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Catwalk Quad (£8.50)* is one I constantly go back to using; comprising the perfect combination of copper, burnt red/pink, plum and bronze. The baked shadows are extremely pigmented and blend seamlessly together. They can also be used wet or dry, whereby applying with a wet brush helps to achieve a more vivid look. No eye look would be complete without a slick of eyeliner. I don't always wing mine out, but when I do, the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen (£6) is one of the easiest to use. The formula is opaque enough for my desired look and glides on effortlessly without budging. For mascara, on recommendation from various other blogger friends, I recently purchased the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99), which is ideal for autumn when you want fuller, thicker, voluminous lashes to compliment smoky eyeshadow looks.
LIPSSo autumn/winter isn't all crisp leaves and berry lips, it brings a multitude of skin concerns, primarily dry skin and chapped lips. The latter is something that usually creeps up on me like a kid in a halloween costume, but one that can be avoided with the right products. I'm passed the days of vaseline (my natural bestie scared me off), however a nice alternative to the usual LUSH scrubs I am accustomed to, is this fairly new Rodial Lip Scrub (£24)* pen, which harnesses sugar, vitamin e and mango to exfoliate, moisturise and protect. I quite like the format of this though, it is super handy to have in your handbag, or desk. One of my many lipstick loves for this season is the Burberry Lip Velvet (£22.50)* in Ox Blood. Not only do I love the richly pigmented colour, but the matte formula is creamy and soft, making it comfortable to wear with a long-lasting velvety finish.