Subtle Fall Makeup + Hair Chats

I haven't done a makeup post since the summer, so I thought I'd pop one up on here! Since I last shared makeup/style photos, I darkened my roots quite a bit and chopped off a few inches of hair. To the untrained eye, this doesn't seem like much, but for me this was quite a change! I always panic a bit when I cut more than an inch off, but I'm loving how much faster my hair dries these days. Now that the weather is cooling off a bit, I'm working out or running most days, and going darker at my roots means the constant washing of my hair isn't causing my roots to show up as quickly.  I'm curling my hair less than usual since with it being shorter, it looks nice again just dried straight [still working on making my hair look nice when it air dries, working being the operative term!]. At some point I'll do a tutorial on how exactly I get my hair to look this way [I promise it doesn't take me long at all!] But I digress...this is supposed to be about makeup!

I have to say, it's hard for me to do posts like this since #1, I HATE taking photos of myself and #2 I'm never really quite satisfied with how they turn out.  I don't have a low self esteem, I just find it a little bizarre to stare at multiple photos of myself! So I'm working on getting used to that...all in good time!

Okay now finally onto what I put on my face. For my base, I've been trying out a tester of Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Thank goodness for samples because this product is pricey! My skin has had a bit of texture lately [a polite way of saying I've been breaking out due to stress and a lack of sleep] and things have just been uneven. This primer does wonders for filling in any pores and smoothing out the surface of my skin. Then onto concealer, I use my tried and true Urban Decay Naked Concealer in medium-light neutral. My favorite foundation has been Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I use the color Barcelona, but it's definitely too dark for me these days and since I'm basically scraping the bottom of the bottle, I'm picking up a new shade soon. I apply both concealer and foundation with a Beauty Blender, but I forgot to include it in the photo [picture a splotchy tear drop shaped face sponge!]. I then apply a sheer powder, this time using Mac Mineralize Skin Finish.  I lightly contour using the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette [guess which color in the palette I use?!] My tip and what I plan to do in the future is just pick up the refill of the color[s] I use most and place them in a Z palette.  

In the fall I love to use Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the color Mood Exposure. It's a gorgeous mauve that's great for my slightly olive toned skin. As a highlight I always use a Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, and this time I went with the color Opal.  I've had this compact for YEARS and I imagine I'll have it for even longer! On my lips, I like to wear Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask while I'm putting on the rest of my makeup, so by the time I get to lip products, it's settled in a bit and my lips are smooth [this trick is an essential in the colder months!]  For my lips I've been trying Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in the shade Seduction.  It's a nude that's very close to my natural lips, but just evens out the tone nicely. For my eyes I used my Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette, using the colors Warmer Notes and Sweeter End blended together on my lids [top row, second and third colors from the left], with Freshly Toasted [bottom row, third from left] blended into the crease. I apply my Marc Jacobs Highliner in the shade O(Vert), which is a deep forest green. If I'm going for a softer more subtle look like this, I'll line both the top and bottom lashes with this and smudge it out slightly. I think the green brings out the brown of my eyes a bit and is just a little less harsh than black. 

I managed to leave my mascara out of the photo too [whoops!] but I'm currently sampling Makeup Forever's Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara.  For my short and straight lashes, I've been really happy with its ability to lift them up and create a defined, natural look. I tried filling in my eyebrows darker than usual, borrowing my mom's Anastasia Brow Definer in chocolate.  It's probably a bit too dark for my liking, but it creates a much more defined look.  I love my liquid eyeliner and lipgloss, but sometimes having a softer look like this can be a nice change of pace. Plus, with it being fall, I'll use any excuse to incorporate fall colors like this!