By Molly Clark '16
Plums, taupes, bronze, and aubergine. Time time of the year, people’s cosmetic arsenals are just bursting with all of these dark, rich colors ready to show off the feeling of autumn. But how can anyone be sure that they’re going to last all day without turning into a blended muddle of brown, or having to constantly reapply their lipstick after every latte? Have no fear, because this tutorial will make sure that the only thing you’ll need to be frightened by this autumn are the Halloween costumes.
First and foremost, a clean face is a happy face. So be sure to exfoliate regularly, and always wash your face before applying anything. This will help keep your pores from being blocked, and prevents acne breakouts. Next, you’ll need to prime your eyelids. Primer creates a barrier between your eyeshadow, and the natural oils secreted by your skin. It makes the color appear brighter, and keeps your look fresh all day. Urban Decay’s Primer Potion works extremely well, as does the Bh Cosmetics Studio Pro Waterproof Eye Primer.
Now that you’re ready to start applying your eye makeup, you should apply to the lid first. Start by using a small angled brush to apply a light champagne color to your inner corner. The light color will make your eyes appear bright and awake, and using an angled brush allows you to have more control over how it is applied. A small fluffy brush should be used next to apply a light taupe to the middle of your lid, and should be applied again on your lower lashline using a blending brush. This color will help provide a transitional color between your outer and inner corners. It will also add depth to your eyes, and allow your lower lashes to pop. After this, you can begin to focus on adding darker colors for added definition. A deep plum is an excellent color to commemorate the season. However, if you are not particularly a fan of the color purple, a brownish-red or deep shade of bronze also adds the same dramatic effect. You should be using an angled brush to apply the shadow to the outer corner of your eye, as well as your small fluffy brush to blend it both outward, and into your lid. At this point, it is also recommended to use your blending brush to to tie together all the shades that are now on your lower lashline. You can also apply a small amount of black to the very outermost corner of your eye for added depth. Of course, this look will always provide you with the option to do a winged eyeliner, so that you might just have wings large enough to fly away from that test you know you could have studied more for. If you do choose to do this, but tend to have poor control over a liquid liner, dipping an angled brush in water and applying black eyeshadow as if it were liquid liner can provide the same effect, but with more control than a gel. Finish your eyes with your usual mascara and eyebrow routine.
Now that your eyes are done, you can clean up any fallout from eyeshadow before starting on the rest of your face. Prime your face first so that your foundation can last longer. I usually recommend using Smashbox primers because there are so many variations, which ensures that there is one that will work wonderfully for any skin type. After applying your primer, foundation, and any contouring that you would normally do, apply a peach blush to compliment the look. This color will also add healthy color to your face, which will help you deny the fact that the sun is practically gone by six o’clock.
As for your lips, bold colors are a great way to celebrate this autumn. Aubergine, maroon, and bright red are all excellent choices for this look. To keep everything in place, apply translucent powder to your face and lips. This will help set your makeup, and prevent it from shifting. For added assurance, apply some setting spray and wait a minute for it to dry properly. Be very careful when applying setting spray, since too much of it can bring too much moisture to your makeup and cause it to melt off. Keep the bottle about seven inches from your face, and spray twice.