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Hot colours for autumn

The heat of summer is fading and the cool breezes of autumn are on the way. Take your cue from nature and match your makeup look to the season’s rich, earthy palette.

Autumn makeup

When you think of autumn, you think of cool weather, short days and changing leaves. The sun loses its bite, the mornings become crisper and, for some states, Daylight Saving comes to a sad end.

Just as your wardrobe staples will inevitably change from singlets and summer dresses to cardigans, boots and jeans, your makeup bag should also reflect the change of the seasons.

Shades of autumn

As the sticky summer days become a distant memory, turn your eye to richer foundations and darker colours, with intense lipstick and warm eye shadows. Remember to hydrate well and moisturise your skin regularly, particularly as autumn edges closer to winter. The autumn palette generally features rich colours like chocolate brown, olive, sage, rust, ruby and gold. You can incorporate these shades into your makeup look as well as your key wardrobe items.

If you find that your complexion lightens and your tan fades dramatically in autumn, it might be time to test out a few new foundation shades to match the correct one to your autumn skin. It’s wise to invest in two different products and use alternately between the seasons.

Kick off your beauty routine with a rich moisturiser to help your foundation stick to your skin. Apply concealer and then even out your complexion with your chosen foundation.

Gorgeous eyes

The eye shadow palette in autumn is gorgeously flattering and the eyes tend to be the focus of your makeup look. Store the light, pretty shades of summer away and get out the warming winter shades like espresso, copper and bronze. Line the eyes with black or brown eyeliner, then apply your eye shadow and a few coats of mascara. Look to nature for inspiration when choosing autumn eye shadow shades or opt for a smoky eye if you’re heading out at night.

Bronzed cheeks

You can get away with applying less blush in autumn as the shades tend to be darker than those you’re used to in summer, so just a light dusting on the highs of your cheeks will suffice. Put the light peach and rose blush shades away and instead go with dark peach or even a touch of plum, or shimmery copper shades for the evening. You could also replace your blush with just a touch of bronzer instead.

Bold lips and nails

Lips should be lined for a bolder look. Choose deep shades like warm brick reds and go with matte instead of the gloss products you enjoyed over summer.

Dark nails look great when chosen to complement your makeup and outfit — try dark plums or sienna. Team your autumnal makeup look with accessories like gold, copper or bronze jewellery.

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