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6 Fall Beauty Must-Haves

Tuesday, September 04, 2012


Celebrate the return of vibrant fall with a sexy red lip shade. Photo: J.CB/flickr

Your academia days might be long gone, but back-to-school fever is everywhere. Instead of pencil cases and notebooks, stock up on new beauty supplies for your fall make-up bag so when the air turns apple-picking crisp, you’ll be ready with lustrous skin and on trend colors. We’ve gathered six of the hottest items for the season that are so fabulous, you won’t even miss those bouquets of sharpened pencils!

Beauty balm

After a summer of sun and sea, everyone’s skin can use a little help getting the pretty back. Beauty balms, known as BB Creams, are getting the loudest buzz.  Originally formulated to protect skin after laser treatments, they are the new darlings of  celebrity makeup artists’ bags.  BB’s  multi-task just like you do at the office, moisturizing, priming, illuminating, and creating the perfect canvas for the new fall makeup colors.  A great one to try is Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream Skin Perfector.

Brow gel

Brows haven’t had center stage since the 80’s when thick was in.  Now we like neat brows that emphasize eyes and give a youthful appearance to the face.  While we don’t need to get in touch with our inner Brooke Shields, an expressive brow is a must this fall.  Anastasia Brow Gel keeps everything in place and defines brows without fuss.  It will go from office to the first parent teacher night without a single retouch.  Anastasia can be found at Sephora.

Eye shadow compact

Fall is the best time of year to pick up a new eye shadow compact.  The colors are professionally chosen to work together for both eye color enhancement and shape.  Playing with your compact will remind you of  your old school paintbox but you’ll be having grown up fun as your create eye looks for those romantic harvest moon nights. Kevin Aucoin Beauty’s The Essential Eye Shadow Set compacts lets you choose from four palettes to give you options that run the gamut from high fashion to sensually soft. Kevin Aucoin Beauty is a now available at Nordstrom.

Bottom fringe mascara

Most women eschew mascara on the bottom lashes due to run off and fear of the 60s Twiggy look.  But Clinique has devised the most charming little tube of mascara just for bottom fringe. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara comes in a deep black but the teeny applicator brush hits every lash with a perfectly correct amount for a no smudge wide eyed look.  Clinique is at Nordstrom and Macy’s.

New blush

For years, Nars has cornered the market with their award-winning cult favorite blush in “Orgasm”.  Now they’ve done it again with “Gaity”, a translucent rosy pink. It will give your post-tan cheeks the natural color they need without clashing with vibrant fall lips. No one will know you’ve put your beach chair to bed for the season! Nars is sold at Sephora.

Red lips

Nothing says fall like a deep warm lip color such as the black-cherry reds that raged across the runways during Fall Fashion Week. With a more intense color, you’ll want to make sure your application is more precise than the forgiving pinks and corals of summer. Use a creamy but matte formula like Maybelline New York Lipstick in Wine and Forever. Maybelline is available at CVS drugstores.

Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty.  She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Donna currently writes her own personal blog, http://alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart  Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.


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