In Anticipation and Dread of Fall – Easy Makeup & Beauty Change-ups

It seems to me that just as I start relaxing into summer it’s suddenly time to consider fall fashion and makeup trends.  I feel both apprehension and anticipation at once.  Back to school butterflies come, whether I’m going back or not!  And it’s not the autumn that I truly dread, but the idea of a long winter coming.  I’ve got to try not to hibernate this year!

Yesterday I did something that I haven’t done for a long time, I bought a big ol’ magazine, InStyle’s Fall Edition.  It is about a mile thick, so I’m thinking I got a good deal?  Anyway, it brought me back to my teenage years when I couldn’t wait to pore over the extra fat editions of fall fashion magazines, studying the pages for clothing and makeup ideas.  Flash me a pic of any 1980’s supermodel, I can surely tell you her name!

InStyle Fall Fashion












Unlike when I was a kid, perusing the glossy magazine pages didn’t leave me pining away for million dollar fashions, but I was inspired to stroll around online to further examine fall beauty trends.  Updating the way you style your hair or changing the color of your lipstick doesn’t have to cost a lot.  In fact, depending on what you have on hand, you may be able to cruise into fall on a shoestring!

Brows are full, yet groomed.  Edgy, boyish, youthful.  Lay off the tweezing!  Make sure your brow wax queen knows you are letting yours fill in!  Been tweezing a long time, sistah?  Purchase some Latisse and start using it on your brows now, they’ll begin to blossom.  In the meantime, you can fill in sparse brows with makeup.  For more on brows, refer to my blog entitled The brow’s meow: how to get eyebrows that wow.

Bold color on the lips!  Try bright red lips with a pop of color on the eyes – note, you can pull this off if you keep your hair very sleek.  Also, bright red or mulberry lips with no eyeliner or mascara, think Audrey Hepburn.  Daring lips are no surprise for fall, but the change from summer color is kind of fun.  All this fancy lip business is a nice way to keep things from getting too drabby looking in the autumn months.  You know, when the weather turns blah and the world seems to fade to sepia tone?  No.  Let’s not let that happen!













Rosy cheeks!  A pretty, flushed look that is so lovely with an equally rosy lip and a feminine hairstyle.

Michael Kors












Statement eyes.  We are still seeing a lot of the “smoky eye” type, which I love. Terminology may be slightly different, words like hazy and ombre are thrown about, and blues and greens are being used a bit more.  Remember a softer lip paired with smoky eye looks best.  Also seeing some fun cat eyes with vivid colors such as cobalt, again worn with a soft, nude lip.

Couture and Cosmetics
Anna Sui















Smooth, side parted ponytails.  Sleek and simple.  Even I can do this!











The deep side part.  I found a great website/blog called Whoorl that has some fun video tutorials on it.  One I liked was Three Ways to Wear a Deep Side Part.  I watched this tutorial and realized that I had a couple of the little hair screws tucked away, I had just not really known how to use them.  Now that I do, I need to buy some more!

Beautiful, clean, flawless looking skin is always in.  Take good care of yours, get your facials, peels, or whatever your esthetician recommends for your particular skin.  And fake it til you make it with a bb cream, like Jane Iredale’s new Glow Time.

Chaos Magazine







I love this picture because I feel like it embodies many of the fall beauty trends – full brows, clean skin, a deep side part, and red lips!





I remember the feeling every year of wanting an amazing new wardrobe but never quite getting it!  Thankfully being on the other side of 40 seems to have taken away some of the pressure I used to feel regarding being fashionable. Maybe this coincides with money needing to go to other things, like landscaping and, apparently, country clubs (another story).  Sigh.  Anyway, I’ve always kind of enjoyed putting together whatever clothing and accessories I have in funky and new ways.

You may know that I don’t love spending a lot of time on my hair, but I want it to look decent.  It was a relief to find the deep side part styles  – easy and sleek, bring it on!

I like taking care of my skin and doing my makeup, at least!  Fall color palettes are always pretty.  I hunted down my Jane Iredale Lip Crayons in Tasty, a rosy red, and Naughty, a brick-ish red.  Yay!  But as soon as I went to tell you about them, I discovered that Jane has discontinued them, which is too bad!  They are perfect because they are natural, long lasting, and can be used as lip liner and lipstick.  At the present time, you can still purchase some online.  Do look for Jane Iredale’s Lip Fixation, though.  This is a beautiful dual-ended product, long lasting lip stain and lip gloss, and it’s available in a variety of colors.

Oh, and I may have layed my eyes on the new fall items from Jane Iredale 😉 Gorgeous!  Guess I’ll be blogging about them (and hopefully wearing them) soon!

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