As much as I love the sunshine, the warmer weather and the long summer nights, there is nothing as beautiful as when the leaves take to lining the streets (although it can be very treacherous) whilst adopting a fiery palette of yellow, orange and red. Being an autumn baby with an autumn inspired name (my name translates as Autumn in Vietnamese), I think it’s safe to say that the season is in my blood.
As well as enjoying the annual hunt for a new coat to see me through to winter, wrapping up in layers with a strategically placed scarf (a la half hair in, half hair out, you get me?) and dusting off my favourite pair of boots (the ones I wear three seasons of the year), I also like to reach for makeup that’s a bit more dark and a bit more vampy. So when the days start to get shorter and the breeze begins to pick up, the first thing I change up makeup-wise is usually my choice in shade of lipstick. Out goes the peachy, pinks and the bright pop of corals and in with the deep burgandy reds and cool, plummy tones. For those that prefer a wash of colour rather than a full on bold lip, I’d recommend checking out the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks. It’s super balmy texture makes it incredibly comfortable to wear and whilst the lighter colours give off just a hint of colour with a good amount of shine, the darker colours can be built up quite a fair bit for a more glossy, opaque finish. I picked up the colour 80 Suspense which is a beautiful mid-tone berry shade.
For those who want their berry stained lips a bit more intense, then the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Satin Lipstick in the shade 46 might just be right up your street. It’s a matte finish but still quite comfortable to wear as it doesn’t drag upon application nor dry out during the day. If like me, you occasionally like to match your pout to your mitts, then let me introduce you to the Sephora Expert Manicure in the shade Divine Purple. It’s a dark blend of pinky purple that would look great teamed with both the Chanel and Make Up For Ever lipsticks.
If you prefer more of a red as opposed to a berry or a plum tone, then check out Dior’s new seasonal and limited edition (quick, run!) lip offering; the Rouge Dior Lipstick in 977 Pied-de-Poule. This is a vampy wine shade in a luxuriously, creamy formula that sets to a more satin finish with a hint of shine. As with the Make Up For Ever lipstick, I quite like to wear this just patted over the lips with a light hand and then blended in with a clean finger for more of a stained affect, which I think is really flattering. I have to really be in the mood to wear a full on dark lip in the daytime and find it so much more easier and comfortable to wear when it’s just more of a not-so-perfect stain on the lips. The perfect nail colour that pairs up well with Dior’s Pied-de-Poule is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hi-Shine Lacquer in 138 Jezebel. Admittedly I picked this up because the packaging is so gorgeously chic but I’m glad I did as I’ve been alternating between this and the Sephora Divine Purple ever since I picked them both up.
Lastly we can’t forget the cheeks now can we. It’s important to pick up the right tone of blush when changing up your lip otherwise the end result can be somewhat jarring. Like with the lips and nails, I like to go not necessarily darker but certainly slightly deeper in tone on the old chubby cheeks. Nars Blush in Sin is, for me, the perfect blush for Autumn/Fall. It’s plummy tone looks quite terrifying in the pan but trust me on this, it’s a beaut on the cheeks and will pull the look together seamlessly, especially if you’re going for more of a plummy/berry shade on the lips. Alternatively the Nyx Blush in Silky Rose is a good call because of it’s deeper tone, a dusky pink with ,more of a red undertone which perfectly mimics the flush of colour you get to the cheeks when you’ve been out in the cold for slightly too long.
If you like to get matchy-matchy, let me know what blush and nail colours that you like to pair with your lip, and if you’ve been rocking it this fall already, I’d love to hear what they are.