By Susanna Hari

With fall upon us, this season’s color palette is more delicious than ever. Rich wine, chocolate, plum, and currant lip tones are filling the runways. Earthy, jewel-toned eyes are glowing in greens and taupes, and skin is polished to perfection. The cooler months seem to rev up our appetite for drama, both on and off the runway. To translate these looks at home, follow a few simple guidelines to perfect your fall face.

Fall foundation also transitions now into a more matte finish. Unpack your pressed powder, full coverage, and matte formulas. Skin primers also help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and keep foundation set longer. Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup is a primer that helps to seal in moisture, and contains lysozyme, an antimicrobial to protect sensitive or acne-prone skins. Chanel just released Double Perfection, a crème to powder foundation with SPF 15. It is a lightweight, skin balancing formula that contains light diffusers to reflect and hide imperfections. Lancome Shine Control Sheer Pressed powder promises an extra absorbent yet non-drying, pore-tightening finish. Which ever finish you choose, remember a little extra coverage and a powder finish is fit for fall.

You Look Smoldering
Greens, bronze, plums and gray softly smoke the eyes this season. Shade a soft line of shadow across the lower third of the upper lid for a modern, enhanced smoky eye. (Think thick eyeliner) Then press a darker shade of shadow into the lash line, rim the lower inner lid with pencil, and finish with two coats of volumizing blackest black mascara, top and bottom. For brown eyes, try a charcoal gray. For blue eyes, plums look stunning. If your eyes are green, try bronzes and browns to really pop those peepers. Christian Dior Two Couleurs Duo Shadow in DIORSTAR comes paired in succulent shades of grape and blackberry. Nars Shadow Duo in EARTH ANGEL features an earthy mocha and olive combination. The trick is to keep the color contained to the lower eye lid. Smudge any hard lines with a q-tip or your finger to keep the look soft and blended.

No Wimpy Wines
Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah – pick your favorite red. Berry-stained lips are all the rage this autumn, from day into night. Be fearless while puckering your pout with ruby red, plum, and burgundy lipsticks. The richer the better. M.A.C. Lip Lustre in SPICE IT UP is a yummy chocolate berry shade full of shine for all skin tones. For long lasting color, try M.A.C Pro Longwear Lipcolor. It’s a double-ended wand, one side of color, the other clear gloss, and it does not budge. Christian Dior Rouge long-wearing Creamy Color is full of texture, mirror-like shine and shimmering light-reflecting particles. To avoid looking severe, after applying the color, smudge the lip line with your finger to soften any harsh lines. Or, apply, blot, and finish lips with coat of clear gloss for a sexy-stained look. Then, sip and enjoy.

Dessert First
This fall is a cornucopia of color. Don’t feel overwhelmed. If you are timid about coordinating color, try just focusing on one feature at a time. Eyes and lips are the highlight of the season, with a smooth, matte finish face. Put the rosy liquid blush tint away until next spring. Keep a neutral rose or terracotta blush on hand to pop onto the cheek for balance, but keep them soft and sheer.

Juicy lips, smoky-rimmed eyes, and soft tousled hair will pair all too well with everything tweed, wool, and cashmere coming out of the closet for fall. So, turn up the heat with a smoldering gaze, a wine-stained smile, and fall in love with fall color!

Originally published October 2004
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