Much like we swap over our wardrobes when the weather changes, the coming of a new season can be a great time to play around with your beauty routine. I’m not one to reach for eyeshadows or high maintenance lipsticks on a daily, or even weekly, basis, but when I do get the chance to experiment with a new makeup look I like to push the boat out a bit.
Autumn is certainly a season with lots of colours associated with it. Where we might think of pastels for spring and brights for summer, autumn beckons rusty reds, burnt oranges and warm browns, inspired by the fallen leaves. Around this time last year, I got quite into mood boards and colour palettes (as documented over on my Pinterest account). With so many hues and tones available to us this season, I’ve found that planning my more elaborate beauty looks around particular colour schemes has been helpful and a lot of fun too.
For this look, I wanted to try out two new eyeshadows I’d recently picked up from Love Lula – PHB Ethical Beauty’s Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow in Chestnut* and Espresso*. Having tried PHB’s eyeshadows before and been very impressed, I was looking forward to trialling some new shades. Much like the shadows I’d previously tried, these two are very rich in colour and highly pigmented. They have a satin finish and work well if you’re going for quite a subtle look. I had expected Espresso to be an even deeper shade based on the image I’d seen of it online, but I adore it nonetheless and love the cool toned, muted brown. Chestnut is more of a golden light brown; it doesn’t have quite the same impact as Espresso, but would work well on its own for a very subtle look. Both apply very easily with little to no fallout, and blend out nicely, staying put without transferring onto my brow bones for hours afterwards.
After prepping my eyelids with e.l.f.’s Shadow Lock eyeshadow primer and adding a small amount of Makeup Geek’s Infidelity contour powder into the crease, I went straight in with Espresso (the darker of the two) all over my lids and in the outer section of my lower lash line with a slightly wet eyeshadow brush. At that point, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with Chestnut – eyeshadow novice right here – so I put some down in the centre of my eyelids and in the inner corners of my eyes. I imagine Chestnut working well as a base for a sharp winged eyeliner, or a smoker liner look, so will likely give that kind of eye a go next time.
For the rest of my face, I decided to keep things fairly simple and let the bold berry lip and autumnal eyes do most of the talking. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping into my existing makeup trove to pick out products I’ve been neglecting to use for this look, one of which was PHB Ethical Beauty’s Pure Skin Liquid Foundation in Fair Beige* which I originally tried out last October. I mixed it with a few drops of Oils of Heaven’s Natural Marula Replenishing Face Oil* to thin out the consistency a little and give some additional moisture. Buffed out with my Nanshy flat top foundation brush and finished with e.l.f.’s High Definition powder and Mist & Set setting spray, this product still sits a little dry and cakey on my skin. That said, it does hold other products nicely, and (as I mentioned in my original review) it may simply not be best suited to my particular skin type.
I wanted to go for a fresh-faced, wildling vibe, so with the exception of a small swish down the sides of my nose, contour was omitted entirely. I reached for Avril’s blush in Rose Praline* which offers a very pigmented yet natural finish, and also used their concealer in Porcelaine* to add a little extra coverage over some blemishes and my under eye darkness. For highlight, I dabbed the smallest amount of Tropic Skin Care’s cream highlighter in Spotlight, which has been an everyday staple for me over the warmer months. I left my brows untouched, save for a lick of clear Lash & Brow aloe vera gel mascara by Ere Perez*.
Let’s talk about the lip, shall we? Coloured Raine is a brand which has been on my radar for a while, having cropped up somewhere on cruelty-free makeup YouTube and caught my attention. Tootsie is described as a “dark chocolate with cherry undertones” though it dries to a more deep plum finish on me. I find the formula to be a little inconsistent and despite my best efforts the colour does appear a little patchy once dried; that said, I like this as an affordable, if not perfect, liquid lipstick, and the shade range on offer is pretty spectacular. After lining my lips with OCC’s Feathered pencil and applying some of GOSH’s clear oil (seems discontinued, similar one here) for extra moisture, I carefully (because trust me, it’ll stain pretty quickly and be hell to correct) apply two coats of Tootsie, overdrawing at my cupid’s bow just a little.
For me, early autumn calls for beauty which reflects the turning tones of the leaves, marking the natural transition from one season to another. I love the way the browns work with the vampy, cherry lipstick; throw in ruddy cheeks and wild brows and you have yourself a look fit for getting lost in the woods, or some other whimsical pastime more than suitable for this magical time of the year.
What do you think of this look? What kind of colours do you go for during autumn?