Natural hair + makeup looks for autumn
“No matter what the season or the trend, makeup and hair looks really depend on your personality and what you think you can carry off when you walk into the occasion,” says sustainable makeup artist and natural beauty expert Karim Orange. “It’s like any accessory—shoes, a bag—you have to have the confidence to pull it off.”
Here are five top looks this season, and how to achieve them naturally.
Glowing Radiant Skin
When summer turns to fall, it’s especially important to exfoliate regularly and use an enzyme-enriched serum to lift off sun-damaged skin. It’s also a great time to apply a mask, at home, once a week, if you have dry or oily skin, or every two weeks, if your skin is normal.
A soft flush of color warms up the face and contours the cheeks. Apply blush—with fingers or a fan brush, which layers easily—in natural light, whenever possible. “For women of color, peach and orange tones on cheeks are always flattering,” says Orange.
Tip: Keep using bronzer into fall to accentuate your summer glow, on cheeks, eyes, even a little bit on lips.
Textured, flowing hair—with braids like the fishtail—is an easy, natural look. Try weaving a braid around your crown and, “Work with your natural hair texture or the natural curl pattern in your hair,” says Orange.
Tip: Use a texturizer and keep it sleek. Don’t let the product overpower your hair.
Eye Liner + Winged Eye
“The trend now is to enhance the eyes with eyeliner—even a winged look,” says Orange. Hold the lid in place with fingers. Start at the inside corner and apply outward at the base of the lash line.
Tip: For a softer look, use eye shadow instead of liner, and apply with a dry brush.
Defined, well-groomed brows frame the face, and for those fortunate enough to have thick, strong brows, it is a great look, always.
Tip: Do not over-tweeze. Brush brows up with a spoolie, and use a clear eyebrow gel or eyebrow wax to keep the shape. To fill in spotty patches, Orange recommends the ZuZu Luxe brow pencil with spoolie.
“Because it’s in nature, green looks good on everyone, from a really deep forest green to a lighter shade,” says Orange. “Autumn is a season of burnt oranges and this is a great contrast color.”
Tip: Unless you feel playful or you’re under 30, keep the color as close to the eye as possible, to bring out the color of the eyes.