Sunday, September 11th, 2011


Autumn Must-Have Makeup

As summer winds down and the temperatures begin to decline, autumn enters, along with a shift in must-have makeup products (or trends, since I didn’t make specific recommendations). ┬áHere are my three for this fall:

The Dark Lip is a fall trend that never gets old and never goes out of style. It must be the cooler temps that make us reach for those cooler, darker berries and plums–and for those of us who are more daring, our truly vampy shades. There are two essential tricks to wearing and pulling off a darker lip: confidence and technique.

You gotta have the confidence to rock the bold lip–this means throwing out any preconceived notions you have of how you look in a dark lip. We get stuck seeing ourselves in a certain way, but trust me, others see us in less of a box! You look killer in your crushed berry lip stain! (And if you need to build-up your confidence level, wear it around the house and good friends.)┬áSecondly, technique is important; you want to take your time and apply a darker lip color with a lip brush when possible, and lining around the lip (with a colorless lip liner or concealer) and on the edge of lip will give you a very crisp, precise lip look as well as longer-lasting color that’s less prone to bleeding. Keep in mind that adding gloss on top of a dark lipstick often increases the chance it will bleed.

The Plum Blush adds color but also definition to cheeks–and it’s an interesting way to switch-up your usual makeup routine. It’s also nice way to embrace some of the more somber tones of autumn that we see so often on lips but on the cheeks. On cooler complexions, I love pinkish plums, while on warmer complexions, brownish plums work well. It can be applied heavily or softly, depending on your preference, and softer, finer textures allow for a really blendable, sheered out looks, while denser products will yield greater intensity in a single pass.

The Matte Lip is back with a vengeance this fall, but we’ll be seeing different twists and takes on what exactly matte means. They’re just not your old school dry-as-a-bone kind of mattes any more. Thank goodness for the improvements in formulas, ingredients, and technology, because we can now achieve matte lips without chalkiness, dryness, or excessive pulling and tugging. Keep your eyes open for some of those new formulas launching in the next month or so!

What are your must-have products for autumn?

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31 thoughts on “Autumn/Fall Must-Have Makeup Products/Trends

  1. Rach

    Oooh, so excited to use my new lippie: Mac Rebel. The plum/pink/red shade screams Fall. I love it!!

  2. Cathy Blanton

    I have Chanel “Plum Attraction” in the JC Blush and I’m looking forward to rocking it this Fall! Thanks Christine for the tips for Autumn!

  3. I’m excited to try a MAC Mattene for my very first “matte” lipstick! I can’t wait to see swatches of the rest, they look like perfect fall colors. I’m not sure if I’ll go vampy with them, but I will definitely be wearing some of my other burgundies and plums for Fall!

  4. I’m so chicken about wearing any bold color on my lips! In addition to it being so different to my usual look, I don’t like having to check a mirror all the time for smudging or the color wearing off.

  5. anna_a

    For me, dark lipstick is a must and I’ve already started a small collection. I’ll also be wearing violet lipstick this year.Other trends I’m considering are colorful eyes and eye-liner a la 1960s, very graphic. Here’s my Ultimate List:

    -Guerlain rouge G in Gigolo (well, with a name like this, are YOU going to miss it?!)
    -YSL rouge volupte perle in Violet Envoutant #112
    -YSL blush radiance #3
    -MAC fluidline in Avenue
    -colorful eyeshadows, from cheaper brands ;-) I guess I should try to be a little cost-conscious…

  6. Jacquelin

    I love wearing darker lip shades in the fall! But Christine, do you have recommendations for a colorless lip liner? I use a matching liner when I wear red lipstick, but my summer shades all stay put without one so I’ve never had to invest in anything more versatile

  7. jenny

    Auburn/burnt orange eyeshadow ;)

  8. Amanda

    This post makes me want to try Clinique’s Black Honey shimmering tones powder… I read a blog post about how Black Honey lipstick is flattering on everyone, so I would be interested in trying both for fall.

  9. yes, Guerlain G in Gigolo….what a beautiful color!!!!!!!

  10. Maureen

    I am wondering your opinion, Christine… do you favor the MAC Me Over/Theatre of the Nameless approach to this fall, or the Cindy Sherman/Pretty Boy approach?

    I’m currently trying to get a few things from across the board that work well together. >_>

  11. Nicole

    What’s a good fall lipstick that could pair with All My Purple Life lipglass ??

  12. NARS Train Bleu matte lip pencil and cream blush in Montenegro, Illamasqua ‘rubberized’ nail lacquer in Vice and Make Up For Ever liquid liners in burgundy and Navy.

  13. Cait

    I don’t really have specific fall lipsticks but I do wear my Russian Red a whole lot more in the Fall and Winter than I do any other time of the year. I also like to wear Champs Elysees in the fall because it is a bright but darker pink <3

    I do need a proper plum blush for the fall though and maybe a red for the winter. Corals only go for so many seasons!

  14. Niki

    I finally got the guts to buy and wear MACs Cyber lipstick out. :)

    • Cyber is my 2nd fave lipstick [my top fave is Night Violet mattene <3] :) i bought it a year ago but never got to wear it opaque.. till now i wore it sheer like a stain [incredibly discreet!] or layered it on top of rebel or other purple lipstick to darken them :P lets be more confident and wear this beautiful color! ^_^

  15. I don’t really have a comment specifically as I wear what I want when I want but I wanted to say thank you for encouraging females everywhere to perceive make-up as it should be – a confidence booster and a do-as-you-want medium for self-expression. You rock, Ms. Christine, and your hard work is appreciated by all of us followers!

    Also, I know Fall is going to be the BEST time to break out Runaway Red…my first red lipstick. I’ve got purple, I have magenta…never red. I need to get a plummy lipstick. Oh. I’m such a slore fore makeup. In the best way!

  16. Shauna

    What about nail colors….?

  17. Ayzee

    I think I’ll be sporting MAC’s Extended Play this season. I find it a bit dark on me on a regular day so I swipe on a thin layer of NYX’s Eros on top of it. But since it is the season of wearing darker lips, I guess I should wear and own it on its own. :)

  18. Angelcat47

    I like to wear dark eyeliners in the Fall,but I still sport my nude lip.Cristine,however,has inbspired me to rock a dark lip and who cares that you’re not supposed to wear dark colors on thin lips!! Thanks,gorgeous Christine.Btw,you’re gorgeous on the inside,too.

  19. yvette

    Awesome post! I LOVE the way makeup changes into fall… except I can’t find the Guerlain Bee lipstick anywhere :-(

    Also, what plum blushes would you recommend?

  20. TisP1981

    LOVING the dark lips for fall! Excited about trying MAC’s Prince Noir!

  21. sherry

    What Plum blush would work with NC45 Skin?