The humidity may still be high, but fall should be on your brain. Fall merchandise is already on the shelves, ready to be snatched up. Now is the time for you to plan for your transition into the next season. This means bringing back your cool weather skincare products and picking up some of fall's makeup trends. If you've never done this before, let me show you how I make the transition.
Transitioning My Skincare Routine
This summer has been extremely hot and humid in my area. This means I have to wash with a gel cleanser both day and night to help control oil. I use a light moisturizer that also helps to prevent acne. Twice a week, I apply a clay mask to help clear my pores and tighten them. I exfoliate as needed.
Around mid-September is when the air becomes a bit drier, so I begin my transition then. I will switch to my Noxzema for daily washing. I save the gel cleanser for the evenings when I need to wash away makeup. I continue to use my light moisturizer during the day, on the evenings when I wash with a gel cleanser, I use a richer moisturizer. Once a week, I apply a clay mask and exfoliate.
Transitioning my Basic Makeup Routine
During the summer, I typically wear face primer and bronzer. I recently fell in love with Eclos Daily HydraPrimer SPF 30, which contains natural sunscreen. I plan to wear it on top of my regular face primer (my regular primer does a better job at refining my skin) as a lighter base and skip the bronzer as I transition to fall. This will help to keep me inline with fall's fresh-face trend. I will skip the face powder to keep that slightly dewy look that is fresh for fall.
Summer's Palette Transitioning into Fall's Color Trends
This summer, I mainly stayed with earthy tones because I primarily used bronzer to add color to my face. Going into fall, I won't be using bronzer at all, but I am not transitioning into bold color right away. I will continue to use my earthy palette to keep that "natural-look" going through mid-fall. I found the perfect neutral lipstick for fall, Fantasy by e.l.f. For eye makeup, I am sticking with e.l.f and experimenting with fall's metallic eye color trend by wearing e.l.f's gel eyeshadow in Toast. When I go out on the weekend, I will add more color by creating a plum or navy cat eye worn with a silvery shadow and keep the rest of my face natural.
When transitioning into fall, there shouldn't be too many changes. As mid-fall approaches, the weather will get cooler. Pay attention to any changes in skin dryness, so you know when to switch to more moisturizing skincare products. When it comes to wearing more of the darker fall colors in makeup, let the leaves guide you. When they begin to change color, then begin wearing more of fall's colors for eyes, lips, and cheeks.
Which products from summer will you still use going into fall? Which fall beauty trends are ready to try out now?
ShawnTe Pierce is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and writes about beauty and fashion for her blog posts on Lucky as well for Yahoo! Voices, Vista Magazine and other places on the web (sounds mysterious doesn't it?). Follow me on Twitter or at Fashion Sense on Facebook.