Autumn’s Most-Wanted Beauty Products
Now that fall has finally graced us with its refreshingly brisk presence, we at Makeup.com are in the process of transitioning. We’re swapping out summer frocks with cashmere sweaters, gladiator sandals with riding boots and high-waisted shorts with printed pants. But our closets aren’t the only things that need updating; our makeup bags are getting makeovers, too. Here our editors and Beauty Squad share all their autumn essentials and reveal what new beauty products they’re swooning over right now.
JENNIFER HIRSHLAG, DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL
Yes to Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Shampoo and Conditioner ($7.99 each): I just started trying these out and I am amazed at how shiny they leave my normally frizzy hair.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad in Terra Sienna ($59): I adored the brooding brown eye at the Burberry Prorsum fall 2012 show, and I’ve been trying to perfect it on my own with this eye shadow quad.
Lancôme Vernis in Love in Noir Caviar ($15): After a summer of wearing pretty pinky-beige hues, I’m now turning to nail colors that look a little moody and muddy on my tips, like this charcoal gray polish.
Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush ($199): Now that I am in my 40s, my skin gets dry in the cooler weather. To improve the absorption of my moisturizer, I am cleaning my face in the morning with this new Clarisonic.
The Body Shop Shea Body Butter ($19): I started to use shea body butter on my belly when I was pregnant with my daughter. Now I transition from a lighter lotion to this every winter.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime Rose Millénaire ($54): Odile Gilbert used this backstage at a lot of the spring 2013 shows in New York. I can’t wait to try it on my own.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery ($22): I started wearing this just a few weeks ago, and I’ve never had so many people comment on how pretty my lips look.
CHRISTIANA MOLINA, EDITOR
Kérastase Double Force ($24-$39): Nothing leaves my hair in place, while still keeping it touchably soft like this hair spray. After spritzing, I can literally run a brush through my mane and my curls will still stay intact all day!
Marchesa Parfum D’Extase ($25-$85): When I first heard the main note was iris, I became apprehensive, since that flower typically has a powdery smell. After testing it, I discovered that it’s anything but powdery and stuffy. This fresh floral has a light woodsy base, making it a delicate and restrained option for fall. Plus, that faceted bottle is just begging to be displayed atop a feminine vanity.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain ($32): With the pigment of a lipstick, the long-lasting wear of a stain and the feel of a gloss, YSL introduced to me a whole new breed of lip product. I love that this always makes my lips feel hydrated, and it incredibly never loses its shine even after hours of wear.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen ($39.50): It does take a while to get used to the thick texture, but the results are well worth it. This primer fills all the nooks and crannies of my face, leaving me with a perfectly smooth and mattefied canvas (all with the added bonus of a high dose of sun protection, which streamlines my morning routine).
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation ($62): It takes a helluva product to replace my MAC foundation and powder that I’ve been using for 11 years, and this Armani foundation did the unthinkable. Its highly pigmented, featherweight formula feels like a second skin while still providing ample coverage, and the added moisturizing oils have a dry texture so I never have to set my face with powder.
Viviscal Extra Strength ($49.99): Even though these supplements are meant for thinning hair (which thankfully I’m not experiencing yet), I can’t get enough of them because they make my mane feel stronger, look healthier and grow faster. (And who couldn’t benefit from that?!) Plus, I’ve noticed that less of my hair comes out in the shower ever since I’ve been taking them.
Essie Nail Polish in Wicked ($8): I’m all about the oxblood trend for fall, and this classic Essie polish is a great, subtle way to sport the look while still keeping things vampy and classy.
JANE MARIE OF THE HAIRPIN, BEAUTY SQUAD
Lancôme L’Absolu Nu in Prune Mantille ($29.50): I have been waiting literally 20 years for dark purple lipstick to come back and I am NOT going to miss this opportunity.
Chanel Le Vernis in Black Pearl ($26): Ditto for this nail polish. I feel like my look this fall is going to be “I used to be grungier.”
Jan Marini Antioxidant Tinted Daily Face Protectant SPF 33 ($48): In the fall, I really need a tinted moisturizer with SPF where the “moisturizer” part actually works. And just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen.
Dermablend Leg & Body Cover ($27): I’m going to use this to cover the one tattoo I don’t want everyone asking me to explain at my wedding in October.
TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo ($5.49): My latest favorite dry shampoo is cheap and it works. I recently got hair extensions, so washing my hair all the time isn’t an option. Neither is dropping $40 on dry shampoo. Et voilà!
LAUREN COSENZA OF DIVALICIOUS, BEAUTY SQUAD
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush ($7.99): For fall’s flushed cheek trend and the I-just-got-caught-in-the-cold look, press this unique soufflé-like powder-gel formula onto cheeks. Wear it as a soft wash or layer it on for added intensity.
Redken Quick Tease 15 ($18): Not since (the now discontinued and once-beloved) Pantene Texturize Hairspray has anything come close to an instant and powerful dose of volume, body and grip. It only takes one step with this hair spray to achieve fall’s big hair trend.
NYX Slide On Pencil in Sunrise Blue ($8): On an otherwise neutral, monochromatic face, this smudge-proof, vibrant blue liner provides a perfect pop of color. It’s right on par with the current cobalt trend.
Victoria’s Secret Color Drama Lipstick in Showstopper ($13): The red lip is the ultimate finishing touch for the opulence theme seen in countless fall collections, and Showstopper is a classic red that works for all skin tones.
Bodyography Electric Lip Slide ($19): This soft and buttery lip cream has intense color payoff. Shades like Caught in the Act and Berry’d Alive are must-haves for fall. Tip: Use your finger to pat on the product if you prefer a lip stain.
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation ($55): If you’re going the no-makeup makeup route, just remember that with the absence of color comes the extra attention on skin. It must look flawless, radiant and natural. This foundation is your friend!
JULIA CONEY OF ALL ABOUT THE PRETTY, BEAUTY SQUAD
L’Oréal Colour Riche Lip Balm in Plush Plum ($7.95): Although the line launched at the beginning of this year, I am excited to try the lush plums and mauves in this collection. The intersection between balm and lipstick means my lips will never be dry.
Tom Ford Lys Fume Eau de Parfum ($495): I fell for this scent after a quick spritz on my wrist, and I knew it was a fragrance must-have for fall. It’s a floral garden party in a bottle.
La Prairie Cellular Power Serum ($475): The older I get, the more I am relying on serums to get my glow with concentrated ingredients.
Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani in Plum 526 ($30): I’ve been on a search for a deep burgundy and extra plummy lip color for fall. I found it in this lipstick and fell head over heels for its intense color and long-wearing capabilities.
Kai Shampoo and Conditioner ($34 each): I can’t get enough of the original Kai fragrance and now with the release of this shampoo and conditioner, I look forward to layering the lush scent literally from head to toe.
BRIT MORIN OF BRIT + CO., BEAUTY SQUAD
Kérastase Bain Satin Shampoo ($39) and Lait Vital Conditioner ($41): It took me a while to purchase this brand of shampoo and conditioner because I always thought the price was a little steep. Let me tell you, this stuff is incredible. My hair has never felt more healthy and silky. I don’t know what sort of magical ingredients they put in this stuff, but it’s well worth your money!
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse ($9.79): I’ve tried all kinds of foundations, even the most expensive types, and always find myself going back to this one. It’s so light on my face and doesn’t clog my pores, yet covers all my little imperfections.
Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System in Bordeaux ($149): This tool is a must for keeping my face soft and smooth. I first heard about it from my facialist and it’s changed my life. It’s like a Sonicare toothbrush for your face!
Sephora Classic Retractable Travel Powder Brush #51 ($29): I’ve been traveling more and more these days and my makeup bag is getting extremely full. This retractable brush is small enough to toss in, while still giving me a high-quality powder brush for my morning routine.
Stila Custom Color Blush ($20): This blush works for everyone, regardless of skin tone. It uses a pigment that reacts with your skin’s chemistry to come up with a shade that’s perfect for you. Um, amazing?
Photos: Courtesy of the brands and contributors.