Beauty Insider: Fall Forward


Summertime in New York is brutal time in New York thanks to the overcrowdedness, intense heat and humidity, and let’s not forget the heavy, acrid smell. This is the very reason why autumn has always been my favorite of the four seasons, and I’m sure just about every other New Yorker would agree!

Most of its beauty and appeal is actually quite specific to the state itself. The autumn weather comes furnished with blissful moments of perfectly rhythmic breezes, temperatures most of us would like to live in forever and brilliant colors of nature shining splendidly for the last time of the year.

This is why it’s also a very romantic time in the city, and you should take full advantage of this season by playing with colors, enchanting makeup looks, fall fragrances, and enjoying the outdoors in this very short and special time in the city.

The stage is set for beautiful hair and makeup, but for some, the harsh reality of extensive tanning from the summer sets in. Fear not, you can help repair! What I recommend for a repairing and anti-aging regimen is from Paula’s Choice, specifically her “Resist Anti-Aging” system. What it does is repair and replenish sun-damaged and prevent aging skin; it contains some of the highest levels of antioxidants, and the line is packaged correctly to ensure longevity and efficiency with the ingredients. On top of everything, it is extremely affordable and the line is fragrance free, because that is how all skin care should be! A few of my favorites are the Advanced Replenishing Toner Skin Remodeling Complex, (for its velvety milky texture that I absolutely love) the Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), and the Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. This regimen and these specific products consistently leave my skin glowing, and I’ve even taken to using them in my makeup kit for clients.

As I sit here and write this, I am also discovering my inspiration” which just so happens to come in an oil form. 21 Drops is a company with a 21st Century approach to health with a thoroughly modern line of therapeutic grade essential oils. A few I was very interested in include #06-Passion, which contains jasmine flower oil, rose flower oil, cardamom seed oil, sandalwood wood oil, and jojoba seed oil. No other ingredients or preservatives. The purpose it to help reduce inhibition, stimulate affection and ignite passion. Another is #21-Inspire, which includes cedar wood wood oil, sandalwood wood oil, black pepper, and jojoba seed oil. I really like this one. It’s meant to help release blocked energy, increase creativity and inspire action with this one. For some who are not big on wearing fragrance all the time, this is a nice change, with a nice effect. There are 21 different formulas, so you should definitely check out more about the company. The oils come individually or in sets, and conveniently packaged in small rollers made to carry around with you everywhere.

Red lips are always a no-brainer in the fall. It might seem to some that red lips are a bit “high maintenance,” but if you find the right product you lips can look like a pretty big deal with minimal effort. An awesome product I came across recently is from LAQA & CO. The red color is “Ring of Fire.” They have a chubby lip pencil line that has a smooth buttery texture that coats lips in stunning, glossy color and it needs no sharpener. I know as a makeup artist, I have used numerous products to achieve what this pencil does effortlessly by itself. A definite “must try.”

Finding balance and keeping things simple is always key- especially in New York City. Use this divine time to work on repairing, inspiring, and planning for years to come. Make it effortless, but always keep it beautiful.

Samantha Lennon, Makeup Consultant & Artist
“Your Makeup Artist”
Beauty Insider @ Keyword: Samantha Lennon

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