Friday, 4 September 2015

3 ways to 'autumn up' your makeup on a budget


This time of year is that weird transitional phase where lighter colours are on their way out, but the darker hues of autumn and winter aren't quite ready to come out yet. It's a time when I slowly start to ditch the bronzer and let the paleness prevail, and it always leaves me wanting to amp up and darken my makeup and nails a tad. Here are my affordable picks:

Where lips are concerned, a classic red like Rimmel's Kate Matte in 107 is a lovely transitional shade with blue undertones - it could honestly suit anyone. If you want to take the plunge and go full berry, shade 030 in the Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish range is the one for you. It has more of a sheen than I usually like as I tend to prefer mattes but a dab with the finger and a little translucent powder and it's perfect. The Kate lines are so long lasting and always have great colour pay off.

I don't think the world is quite ready for my full-on smoky eye for daytime wear just yet, however I do tend to ramp up the eyeliner. I'm a sucker for cat-like wings and my favourite for this has to be the Soap and Glory Supercat pen. It's sooo easy to use, even with my shaky hands, and doesn't transfer at the top of my oily eyelids! If I wan't things to get a bit smudgier, for a kind of worn-in, smoky-ish weekend look, I whip out the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in black. It's highly pigmented so takes a little getting used to applying but is soft and smudgy and generally great.

Nails are also a great way to bring in some more seasonal colours, and my favourite for this time of year has to be Essie Bordeaux. It's such a rich colour and not too pinky, plus Essie have the best shaped brushes! I've also acquired a dark green Barry M Gelly nail paint that when used with a base coat doesn't leave any stain underneath, which is a revolutionary find for me. The Bourjois So Laque range also has some lovely colours - I've fallen for their Blue Asphalte shade recently which is a lovely purpley-grey.

What are your favourite transitional shades for September?

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