Beauty Guru: 2012 fall trends

Here in the Midwest, fall seems to have come early this year. Well, at least for the trees. Everything is turning brown from an unprecedented drought, but the heat is still here! So for this month's Guru assignment, I've decided to provide a steamy take on fall beauty.

First and foremost, let me just say that I adore fall beauty. While the springtime has my heart, the fall steals it for its fashion. I beg every year for the unending humidity to shy away and let the cool autumn breezes take over. This year, I may not be so lucky which is why I've tweaked my upcoming trends a bit.

Something I've been seeing (and doing) a lot of is braids. Wonderful, creative braids. I think this will be huge this fall. It's such an easy way to keep hair off your neck and humidity-ridden frizziness at ease.

Braided Head Band:

1. Divide your hair down the middle evenly.

2. To keep one side secure while you're braiding the other, tie it into a pigtail.

3. Pulling one side into a pigtail right above your ear and begin braiding to the end.

4. Lift your braid up and over the crown of your head.

5. Secure with a bobby pins.

6. Repeat steps 3-5 on the other side.

7. Spritz with hairspray for all-day hold.

Fun Tips:

- Try tying the roots of your hair with ribbon (burnt orange is a great fall color). Then, incorporate that into your braid. It's a great wait to get some added color to your new 'do!

- You can hot glue a small circle of felt to a bobby pin. Then, hot glue flowers to that to create your own flower pin. For the headband look, I adore the smaller flowers like rose buds!

- Instead of doing two big braids, you can do two smaller ones. Leave the rest of your hair down and create a beautiful headband along the top of your crown.

Side Fishtail Braid:

This is my FAVORITE braid right now. But it's difficult to explain in text. The more I try to type out an explanation, the more confusing it gets. So, I'd enlisted the help of one of my favorite bloggers at The Beautiful Mess her visual how-to on succeeding at this braid.

I do have some extra tips though! If you leaver your hair slightly damp and infuse it with a tiny bit of coconut oil, when you let your braid out, you'll have wonderful waves and shine! Also, after you secure your braid, if you tug at it width-wise all the way up, it'll make it look fuller.

My first attempts at the fishtail were...well, pretty pathetic. But with practice. It can be beautiful!

Aside from braids, I am in love with oranges this summer. Every seasons I feel like my color obsessions evolve like a gradient. This past summer and spring was salmon. And now oranges! My guess is that my winter color will be burgundy (can't wait!).

So, I've been excited to try red-orange lipstick. My favorite kind right now is at Sephora. It's Kat Von D's line and I am just in love with it (and her). Check out out here! The "Painted Love" lipstick is such a great shade of orange. It's so smooth and creamy. I think this color will really give you the edge this fall season! Try pairing it with a subtle brown eye shadow and liquid brown eye liner for a dramatic mod look.

I cannot wait to explore more orange lipsticks and braid options this upcoming season. Now, if only we can get past this horrendous heat wave, then I'll be good.

Happy experimenting, all my beautiful readers!