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5 Fall luxe makeup trends that will UP your beauty game NOW.

photo: @bethsternbaum  makeup: @courtneyhagenmakeup

photo: @bethsternbaum  makeup: @courtneyhagenmakeup

The change of seasons can inspire a desire to switch things up with our color palettes both in clothes and makeup.  Moody, luxe colors feel like the perfect fit for Fall and look absolutely stunning on.  To gain some ideas on how to incorporate Fall makeup looks into your beauty game,  I asked Pro makeup artist, Courtney Hagen to share some of the seasons coolest trends, that are easy to create and universally flattering on all skin tones.  

1. Warm-toned Eyeshadow:

Fall is the perfect time to get your beautiful rust, bronze, chocolate and copper eyeshadows out and start playing.  These warm shades look beautiful on all skin tones and play perfectly together so blend several colors to create a gorgeous look that is both subtle and statement worthy. Some of my favorite warm toned palettes are Tarte’s Tartelette In Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette and Sigma’s Warm Neutrals Palette

photo: @bethsternbaum  makeup: @courtneyhagenmakeup

photo: @bethsternbaum  makeup: @courtneyhagenmakeup

2. Fresh, Natural Looking Skin:

If the fall runways proved anything, it’s that fresh, natural skin is IN.  Gone are the over-highlighted, super dewy looks of summer. No more crazy contouring (YAY).  Let skin look like skin by using a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer and a hint of concealer to hide those problem areas. Lightly dust powder down the center of your face- the key is not to over-mattify either, just let the skin glow how it normally would. Some of my favorite lightweight foundations are Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Foundation and Honest Beauty’s Everything Tinted Moisturizer which has the added benefit of SPF. I love my Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealers for under eye circles and blemishes and their Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder is perfect to eliminate shine while still allowing your natural glow to come through. 

3. Flushed Cheeks:

Finish the look with a hint of gorgeous pink or peach blush to give the skin a naturally flushed appearance. It will mimic the look of that fall breeze when it hits your face. Both powder and cream blushes work beautifully. Honest Beauty carries some of my favorite Creme Blushes and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes are the best- Dazzled and Peaceful are my go-to’s! 

4. Full, Natural Brows:

Those effortless, full brows aren’t going anywhere. So put down your tweezers or heavy brow pomades and just stick to a soft brow gel to brush brows upward to keep them in place. If you have sparse areas that need filling in, grab a pencil like Anastasia’s Brow Wiz Pencil and use light strokes that mimic tiny hairs. Use a spooley to blend it together so it doesn’t look too drawn in. 

photo: @bethsternbaum  makeup: @courtneyhagenmakeup

photo: @bethsternbaum  makeup: @courtneyhagenmakeup

5. Vamp Lips: 

Dark lips dominated the runways this season with fearless shades of black and burgundy. The textures varied from matte to full on glossy. This look is surprisingly chic and sophisticated but gives you that punk edge you’re looking for. Try a lip pencil like ColourPop’s Dukes for a beautiful matte blackberry shade and top with gloss for a more lacquered look. For a truly bold statement, use ColourPop’s Bull Chic pencil for that perfect matte black lip, you are sure to turn heads. 

xRx

 

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wake up, Makeup in 5 min...

Time. The most expensive commodity in life. Thats why I want to create some space in your day for you by sharing 6 fast steps to awaken your face with light but effective makeup techniques.   Allow your skin to breathe, let your features be what they are and not try to "correct" them. There's A LOT of makeup happening out there these days which is great, as there is something for everyone; but if you're in the market for some techniques to create a radiant, polished and natural look that's FAST and EASY- then here it is in 7 easy steps:

HYDRATE:  Dry skin looks like tired skin so using a great moisturizer before any base makeup is a MUST.  I love to keep my toners & nourishing skin tonics in the fridge so when I mist my face, my skin is calmed by the cool temperature of the product and my pores are tightened.

Sunscreen: If you have sunscreen in your moisturizer or a tinted moisturizer you can skip the additional step but protecting your face from damaging UV rays is important. Its easier to prevent damage then repair it.  

TINTED MOISTURIZER: YES. More moister (unless your skin is very oily- then skip the extra moisturizer before this and just spray a nice hydrating mist) with a good pigment that spreads evenly and is light on the face for a fresh and natural finish. 

BRIGHTENING CONCEALER: Not the kind that looks 3 shades lighter than your skin tone, but instead one that brightens just a shade up from your natural complexion to erase shadows under the eyes softly. I love to use a natural hair, pony tail brush and circular motions, blend the product seamlessly into your skin. Fingers are great too, I use both but to get a flawless finish, I like to buff out the product with a natural hair brush.

MASCARA: This is a major component to "waking up" your face. I personally love using 2 coats of black mascara on the top AND bottom. 

 LIP/CHEEK TINT: I love products that multitask not only are they excellent for saving time but they also save space which is a huge bonus to me. A healthy tint of color on hydrated lips and a pop of color that looks luminous (NOT DRY), wakes up your face in seconds. 

 EYEBROWS play a MAJOR role in looking awake or not (video coming soon). That doesn't mean you need to pencil them in to make them look like all the "instabrows" out there- it simply means brush them up and into shape at the very least so they give a "lifting" effect to your face. Its pretty magical when you see how a little lift of the brows brushed up can lift the appearance of your whole face.

I love makeup and the power of knowing how to use it. Its a wonderful tool that we can use to enhance our physical selves and I'm all for that. Its one of my favorite aspects of my career: through my design process, I contribute to my clients feeling great by keeping them looking like themselves while enhancing their unique features naturally. Keeping it simple can never do you wrong. 

Of course I could add many more techniques and products to this post but my goal is to give you something fast and easy this time around.  Something natural and applicable to EVERY woman.

xRx

 

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