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A Fresh Face for Fall

Every year, New Year’s Day comes and goes, but I can’t once remember making a resolution. I think it’s because in some way, fall resonates deeper with me as a time to set goals and start fresh. And I’m betting many of you are also entering into this next season with the confidence and curiosity that new beginnings bring.

Even though I’m in the “beauty industry,” I don’t always go running after seasonal trends. I prefer to stick with my
tried-and-trues. But this season, there are two big trends that not only stand out, but work perfectly with my goals for fall.


Clean and Crisp

One of the biggest trends this season in makeup is a clean, fresh face. (As a makeup artist, this may seem ironic.) I, too, have been working to pare down my makeup routine. While it can be fun to get creative with techniques and colors, there’s a temptation to use makeup as a cover-up, rather than an enhancement. The more I consolidate my routine, the more freedom I find; I feel my best, free to be more confident, and ready to enjoy the extra time it gives me.

While there are lots of ways to accomplish this, I’m currently focusing on two. First is taking good care of my
skin: making sure I wash, tone, treat, and moisturize each morning and night. The better care I take of my skin, the less foundation or other product I feel I need to put on; I can let my skin speak for itself. Then, once doing my makeup, I have a couple staples: bronzing along my cheekbone and then applying the lightest bit on my forehead, nose, chin, and eyelids. This helps give a natural warm radiance all over and maintains consistency by using the same color. Bronzing is also perfect for the fall to match the changing golden colors of the season and keep that last little bit of summer glow as long as you can. After bronzing, I’ll highlight just above my cheekbone to give a youthful glow that subtly enhances my clean skin I’ve been working to show off.

Beyond makeup, this trend has also shown itself in fall fashions. Solid colors rather than the popular prints of the spring are at the forefront, and I am loving it. It’s refreshing in many ways to get back to the basics and find crisp and clean looks that also stand out. Layering and color blocking with fall colors is an easy way to stick to the trends while taking your look up a notch.


Bold

I’ve never been one to shy away from the spotlight, but simultaneously, I’ve never been one to ask for what I want.
More often than not I put my head down, work as hard as I can, and hardly look up. While I’ve always been proud of
my work ethic, I’ve noticed lately how opportunities tend to pass me by when I’m either not paying attention, or not
being vocal about my desires. It’s been a working goal of mine heading into this season to be more bold about my
hopes and intentions. It seems only fitting that the fall colors trending this year are similar to the traditional ones,
but bolder, brighter versions. In addition to bold and solid tops and bottoms, my favorite way to incorporate this trend is with lipstick. After creating a clean and sharp look all around, it’s fun to bring a pop of color to the lips to still make a statement. This fall, a bright brick red may be just the trick to bring out your bold side. Taken together, bold, clean and crisp will pay off this fall.

For more beauty stories like this, check out our Wellbeing section here.

"While I’ve always been proud of my work ethic, I’ve noticed lately how opportunities tend to pass me by when I’m either not paying attention, or not being vocal about my desires. It’s been a working goal of mine heading into this season to be more bold about my hopes and intentions."