Beauty Guru: Making the Transition from Summer to Fall Makuep and Skincare

When it comes to skincare and makeup, I believe that the secret to a successful transition from one season to another already lies within your makeup bag. As a professional makeup artist, it's my job to know the hottest trends while maintaining a budget for myself and my clients. Going from summer to fall is a snap if you can manage to utilize what you have before buying more.

Around mid-July, I begin mixing deeper, richer colors with brighter shades. With a mixing palette, I blend together wet products like lipsticks and glosses; eye shadows and blushes get married on the back of my hand. Together, my creations bloom into gorgeous medium hues still bright enough for a summer picnic and demure enough for the cool breeze that's on its way. Creating my own colors keeps me away from the trend trap of purchasing every new collection marketed at the beginning of each season. Take the time to study the trends before you buy them. Many times you already have the very same colors.

Below are my five flawless tips for a successful transition into fall gorgeousness:

  • Prepping my skin once or twice a week during summer's dog days with Queen Helene's Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub leaves it clean, fresh and dead skin free. After a few treatments, any color applied afterwards is truly vibrant and holds magnificently.
  • Shorter days, heavier clothing and harsher winds: sounds like a job for a macho moisturizer. The last days of summer call for something stronger and thicker, like Lulu Blossom's day cream, a rich emollient loaded with a natural sunscreen, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that replenish the skin. I apply it in at least two layers, paying special attention to the corners of my nose, mouth, eyes, eyelids, and underneath my chin. My skin is fully hydrated without the clogged pores and oiliness that heavier moisturizers are sometimes known for.
  • Foundation in the summer? Heck no! But who am I to judge? My dewy complexion is compliments of this Midwest humidity; however, for special occasions, I wear Lancôme's Photogenic Teint Optim'age liquid foundation dabbed sparingly with a sponge. The seasonal glow is perfect for the warm weather. For fuller coverage, I apply the same liquid foundation first, then generously stipple MAC's Studio Fix's powder foundation with a fat, all-over brush for a smooth, matte, velvety appearance, appropriate for the season ahead.
  • May through July, Copper Penny was my basic staple this year. It's a heavenly golden-bronzed eye shadow from my Mally Beauty collection swept loosely across my lids. A light dusting of peachy pink blush on the apples of my cheeks and a minimal dusting of highlighter along my cheekbones and nose from Mally's Shimmer Shape and Glow kit brought the sun to my face. Lip recipe? A neutral liner as a base topped with corals and peaches, like MAC's Big Kiss and Buxom's Cherry Flip. By the end of July, I transformed the look for fall by applying black or dark brown eyeliner on my top lids; winged if I'm feeling really sexy. Bronze Cube, a chocolate color from my Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess kit applied in a "V" shape to the outer corners and creases of my eyes blended upward. Turquoise blue is applied underneath the chocolate crease and halfway into the lid, then Gold Nugget is applied to the inner corners of my eyes. Two to three coats of mascara to the top lashes to finish. For vampy lips, the recipe includes a tasty lip balm, Mally's Perfect Prep lip primer, Mally's Evercolor Shaping Lip liner in Neutral Red (blended inward with a rounded lip brush), then Mally's Neutral Red Satin lipstick to the top lip, only blotting twice to coat the bottom lip. Clean mistakes with a Q-tip.
  • Lastly, the ever-so-popular contouring effect: For my chunky, fat face, definition comes by applying the contouring powder inside the Shimmer, Shape and Glow Kit down the hollows of my cheeks then blended outward toward my ears.

Hard to believe but this transformation takes no more than 10 minutes!

So, since I despise foundation in the summer, what are better suggestions?