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Must-Have Beauty Products for Fall 2011

Oh, fall.  It’s that time of year when we have to admit to ourselves that the sunny days are over, which means no more sun-kissed cheeks, no more glowing skin and no more tan…  But fall does bring us a new array of colors, those lovely earthy tones that will transition us to the deeper tones of winter.

Along with these traditional earthy shades, Fall 2011 also brings us jewel tones.  These tones are a reflection of the runway collections we saw last year, in colors like emerald, amethyst, topaz, and sapphire… just to name a few.  All those shades will have a wonderful companion color, namely Mr. Gold.

This fall is all about glamour, jewel tones and gold!  You’ll see this done by every makeup company, from Yves Saint Laurent to Maybelline.

Yves Saint Laurent released their Ombres 5 Lumieres palette in Midnight Garden, which includes shades like purple, light turquoise, and black.  Plus famous makeup artist Charlotte Willer worked with Maybelline to create two eye shadow palettes inspired by this color trend: Sapphire Stylist and Green with Fashion.  Both of these palettes feature Mr. Gold.

For Fall 2011, eyeliners will be more popular than ever.  Don’t be shy, try some new colors apart from the traditional black and brown… maybe emerald or gold?  (Use Revlon’s Grow Luscious Lash Liner in emerald or MAC’s Avenue, which is a charcoal black liner with a hint of gold pearl).  If you have more classic taste, go for a deep purple that is more discrete and similar to a dark brown.  MAC’s Diversion is a dark plum gel eyeliner and will work wonders.  To apply the liner, start with a thin line and, if you feel comfortable, make the line a bit thicker. 

As for lipstick, keep the color subtle when pairing with heavy eye makeup.  Nude colors will go perfectly with those jewel-toned eyes. If you instead want to put the emphasis on your lips, try a ruby red lipstick like Russian Redby MAC or Red Velvet by Estée LauderMAC’s Russian Red is my favorite matte lipstick and will last all day long.

And let’s not forget about the cheeks.  You’ll want to keep using the pinky blush you used during summertime.  One great blush is Hypnotic Beauty Luminous Blush by Victoria's Secret.  This pink will give you a little bit of color to go with your fall tones. 

Extra tip: Fall weather can really dry out your skin.  So my solution is to use Fix +by MAC.  I absolutely can’t live without it, even during the summer!  This product locks in the moisture in your skin, helping you avoid dehydration and lines.  This liquid is a blend of vitamins, minerals, green tea, chamomile and cucumber… all topped with a pleasant scent!  All you need to do is spray it on your face before you apply your makeup.  Or if you want your makeup to last longer, try spraying it after you apply your makeup for the day.

Author: Jenny Wendlandt

Editor: Jenny Perusek

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