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The Brilliance of Autumn

By: Abby Penning
Posted: August 26, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Pairing the bolder colors also requires a delicate touch with the texture, Frey notes. “I think the matte lip is coming back around. It’s one of those things where everything old is new again,” she says. “However, it’s not powdery matte; it’s more like a lip stain that is geared toward a more natural look.” The fresh pinks, reds and copper tones of lip glosses, stains and sticks will help the mouth look lively this autumn—it’s just a matter of finding the shade that suits each client best.

A fresh flush

Lending some life to cheeks for autumn, blush is making a bit of a comeback this season. Helping the face achieve a healthy glow, shades of dusty rose, mocha, peach and sheer pink are appearing on the apples and along the cheekbones. Notably, blush is a step many women skip, possibly because they don’t know the right application techniques. “Women are afraid of clown cheeks,” Berry says, and explains it’s important to use a soft touch when applying blush. “Also, when you put on blush, smile. When you smile, there’s a clear line of where you should apply blush along the cheekbone.”

Of course, proper application means nothing if you aren’t using quality colors, and Campbell recommends playing up a freshness in the cheeks using shades of pink and peach for the fall. Additionally, Frey offers, “Using a tawny light color on the cheeks can be a good way to move from summer to fall.” And for a fresh flush, Berry recommends blush in hues of muted mocha, rose and mauve. He also suggests using techniques that highlight different hues. “If you use a brighter color, which I recommend when you’re trying to make the face look thinner, use a softer touch. For both deeper tones and bright colors, you want to sweep the color along the cheekbone downward to the apple of the cheek,” Berry explains.

Cheeks can also be some of the best places to use multipurpose makeup products. “Some can even be used on three different places—the eyes, cheeks and lips—so one product can really go a lot farther,” says Frey. “A color such as a rust or a beige brown can move to all three depending on how you treat it on each feature. Maybe you’d just go a little darker on the eyes with it and a little lighter on the cheeks.”

As a way to give the face a fabulous finish, Berry suggests using a shimmery powder. “I’m a big fan of finishing powder,” he says. “It’s like a softer version of a bronzer, and you can dust it on right over blush, eye shadow—really the entire face—and get a nice pop of color and freshness. It helps the original makeup last longer, too.”