Shannon Ray, Allure magazine
The time has come to put away the bronzers and self-tanners, and resign yourself to living in your "real" skin tone. I know this because I just watched part three (c'mon, Andy Cohen, seriously?) of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion on DVR. That can only mean one thing: 'tis the end of the bronzed era, for the year at least. No matter the tone of your skin, you are likely a shade (or 12, if you're a spray tan queen-I'm looking at you, Aguilera) darker during the summer months. And luckily, there are a few subtle changes you can make in your beauty life to perfectly transition to your sexy ol' fall you. None of them involve cornucopias or acorns, so don't get TOO excited.
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Lighten up (your hair). I know that this seems against everything that your mama/high school BFF ever told you. As fall/winter steamrolls us, the typical reaction is to see your hairstylist ASAP for a darker 'do. But if you are a brunette, as your skin color lightens, you might need a little ray of light up in your life. Having just a few highlights painted around your face can totally brighten up your whole deal. You don't want to get all Marilyn Manson, as I tend to do. GUILTY! Unless that's your thing. In that case, carry on. We can go to Hot Topic together.
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Get flushed-and lippy! Dealing with a lighter skin shade means including changes in your makeup routine. (Life is so hard!) That means dropping the bronzer and picking up the blush. Apply whatever shade you fancy, maybe with a touch of shimmer, to the apples of your cheeks, and watch your face light the hell up. Who's that gorgeous Glow Worm? And if you are Courtney Stodden or something, and know you will be photographed, feel free to amp that ish up a little. A camera flash will wash out your face like a champ, so adding a touch more color can keep you in business. Just don't get to Baby Jane levels of blush application-no one needs all that crazy.
With your summer skin fading into a distant memory faster than Balloon Boy's dad (where's that cat been? Oh crap, never mind, I don't want to know), you can also add a little more intense color to those lovely lips. If you are more of a neutral fan, don't be afraid. You don't have go all oxblood or wine lipstick in this b, although it would be awesome. You can totally do a pretty lip stain with a pop of gloss to get your fall lips off and poppin'. Luckily, lip stains have come a long way. There are now tons of color varieties, so you can find a great match, no matter your skin tone.
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Cool hand Luke. Instead of getting all up on your warm-toned nail polishes like you do when it's crazy hot out, give the cool guys a try. Leave behind the oranges and corals, and try true bluish reds and deep wine colors. If you are more of a bubble gum pink kind of person, give raspberry hues a go. (Is anyone else getting hungry? No? Just me?) If you're into metallics? Dip them tips in silver instead of gold! You get the point. As the weather cools, so can your polish tones. Tone Loc's got nothing on you and your nails, wild thing. I don't know what that even means. I'm sorry for vaguely hitting on you. I'm done. You're beauty-ready for fall, peeps! Now let's all make those turkey hand print/construction paper masterpieces to celebrate ourselves.
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