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Beauty Edit - Fall/Winter Shift

Transition from Summer to Fall/Winter is bitter sweet for me. I have a hard time saying bye to my beautiful plants and spend majority of my time to cleaning the enormous backyard and emptying the pots and planters. If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug) you must have seen me obsessing over gardening related stuff all summer. I live in Chicago and the temperature fluctuation is crazy. It confuses the skin waayy too much. My skincare routine sees a lot of changes as I literally flip the whole cabinet and reshuffle the products. Makeup on the other hand, not so much.

As you can see from the opening sentence that this blog post was literally drafted three months ago but then I couldn't click the needed photos to go with it and it just got lost in drafts. Even though Fall is done, we still have months of winter ahead of us and I figured the post would make complete sense if posted now. Now that the disclaimer has been inserted, let us get on to the products. 

The usual base of tinted moisturizer, corrector and concealer remains pretty much same all year long. The colors work, so why change?? Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation is a lovely, medium coverage foundation and is good for dry skin. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my holy grail and so is the trusted Bobbi Brown Corrector. I do change my primers though. I find hydrating primers work better in cooler months. Also, it acts like an added layer on the skin. YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer is a good one. I love the silicone'y' feel and my skin gets too dry and this one helps fill in the dry patches, if any. Becca Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer is an awesome one, that gives the needed all over glow and prevents the makeup from looking flat matte or dry as the day progresses. Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base performs pretty much same as the Becca one, but it is a bit subtle in terms of luminosity and perfect for day time wear. There are a lot of base products, but the magic is in the base. Once it is done right, the other products and colors just layer wonderfully. 

While setting powders are not necessary for me in Winters, I find finishing powders help in tying together everything. Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder that I have in a palette is perfect for under the eyes as well as all over the face. Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder is a creamy, buttery one and is an all season favorite while the YSL Lumiere Divine Highlighting Finishing Powder is a winter favorite because of its illuminating properties. This powder is pretty creamy too and gives the most wonderful glow. All you need is a light hand and correct brush.

It is the same old one or two shade makeup. I usually end up using something shimmery from my limited collection of palettes. STILA Eyes Are the Window™ Shadow Palette in Soul has some good shimmery shades. Laura Mercier Caviar stick Eye shadows are one of the best cream eye shadows I have ever used. They are creamy, easy to use and stay put. Again, I don't mess around with my eyeliners. The pencils from Urban Decay, Ardency Inn and Sephora work just perfect! They don't smudge or burn my eyes to death. Only the colors change. More of deep, rich greens and purples in winter and less of Turquoise and Teals.

I have not purchased a new powder blush this year and I don't intend to anytime soon. NARS Blush in Sin is my all time favorite Fall/Winter blush. Close second are the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in Sex on Fire and Hourglass Ambient Blush in Mood Exposure, that happens to be in one of my palettes but is available individually too. All these have one thing in common. They have slight Mauve/Plum tones to them and these kind of colors flatter my skintone the most. I did add a lot of cream blushes in my collection and I still enjoy using them in this season as well. Ilia Multi-stick in At last is lovely rose color. Bite Beauty Multi-sticks are a great multi-purpose product too and I love to carry one around all the time. They come in huge range of colors. Almond and Biscotti are my favorite for cooler months.

I love highlighters. But then who doesn't?? Love to look shiny year around. The only difference is that I choose less warm, gold toned highlighters and try to go with more neutral or Champagne ones. The clear end of Pat McGrath Skin Fetish in Golden (it has two sides) is lovely. It imparts that dewy glow. Also, Cosmic Dancer by Ilia beauty is a lovely neutral cream highlighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow is a perfect fit as it gives a lovely glow on the face. Diorskin Nude Luminizer Shimmering Glow Powder imparts that light metallic sheen, not crazy tin man sheen but yet visible sheen, that I find difficult to pull of during the hot summer months but can easily get away during the festive winter months. I personally enjoy a little over the top highlighters in winter. Becca Shimmering skin perfector in Champagne Pop and Opal are beautiful shades and their liquid highlighters are best in the market.

The lipsticks and the nail polishes see the major shift. I don't wear Red lipsticks, but Maroons and Deep Mauves are right up my alley. Dior Rouge Lipstick in shade Eccentric 996 is a lovely color and that along with LANCÔME L'ABSOLU ROUGE in shade 256 Perfect Fig gives me a very flattering rich color on the lips that compliments the sweaters and scarves that I wear. These are creamy and have satin finish with light sheen to them but nothing too glossy or too matte. Also, I try to stay away from lip glosses because Chicago winds makes my hair stick on the lips, the scarf gets stained and it is all just a hot mess!! I do find dabbing a cream highlighter on the center of the lips makes the lips look juicy and full and not as flat as a wearing only a lipstick. The clear balm end of the Pat Mcgrath Skin Fetish duo is lovely for this purpose and it looks equally flattering on the lips as it looks on the cheeks.

Chapped lips are a big issue in winters and if not taken care properly they can be both painful and unflattering. While I do enjoy my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask or Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask as a part of my skincare routine, for quick application on-the-go, a tinted lip balm is a good and easy choice. I enjoy the Dior Lip glow, Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick and YSL VoluptĂ© Liquid Color Balm are a wonderful options and I have shades that work for me, but all of these come in many many shades that cater to a lot of skintones.

Come Fall and all my burgundy and black shades of polishes come out of the closet. As long as I remember, I have worn Black nail polish every Halloween and a Burgundy one every Christmas. Cliched and Boring? or Classic and Perfect? you decide. While Essie and OPI make great polishes, I find Chanel nail polish has the richest pigmentation and are glossy and look absolutely wonderful. Black Satin and Malice (discontinued) are my absolute favorites. KL polish by Kathleen Lights has amazing color selection, great opacity and good brush. The only problem is, it has to be ordered online.

Lastly, the setting spray. I have a love-hate relation with Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist  I don't enjoy this during summers, but come winter and this stuff becomes my holy grail. I love the glow and dewiness it imparts. 

Fragrance is another category that changes completely for me and it deserves a separate post of its own. I say bye to my light, airy florals and welcome my heavier, musky deep rich scents. (Well, this actually didn't give much, but it is the best I could do with the explanation)

These are a few beauty bits that changes in my vanity. Do you change your style of makeup and makeup products as per season or stick to the same? Share your picks in the comments below.

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