My Everyday Beauty: October 2017

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Like lots of us, I like to change things up seasonally when it comes to makeup. In the spring and summer months, I prefer a more natural, fresher, wide-awake kind of look, whereas in the winter I crack out the eyeliner and ramp things up a notch when it comes to the glam factor. Nothing revolutionary, I know, but one thing that doesn't change is my love for a fresh, slightly sheer base.

You might have read my post on my new favourite foundation: L'Oreal's True Match in Rose Ivory. This would be my choice of base all year round, layered with the matching (natch) True Match Concealer for under my eyes, and Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer for any areas of redness or blemishes. This way, I can achieve a base that's true to my skintone, nice and even and with any imperfections blurred away.

In the winter, I prefer to change up my blusher and highlighter too, to add a cooler flush of colour to my complexion. My winter blushers of choice are definitely Revlon's PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched (very sadly discontinued), which is a gorgeous peachy nude, or Stila's Convertible Colour in Peony, which is a darker pink with a slightly brown undertone - both look incredible natural on the skin when buffed in, adding a windswept flush of colour that looks fresh and natural. In terms of highlighter, I always prefer cooler, pearly tones over warm golds and bronzes, and currently I'm enjoying Revlon's PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Pink Light, which adds a really soft, slightly pink glow to my face; this looks far more natural on me than a swipe of a warm copper or golden tone.

Winter or summer, all year round I set my makeup with Rimmel's Match Perfection Loose Powder, which is the best translucent loose powder I've found on the high street, and with L'Oreal's Infallible Fixing Spray. In the winter, when skin can be a little dryer, I try to use less powder and an extra spritz of setting spray, to make sure things don't look chalky or dry.

Brows are always the same: I found Maybelline's Brow Satin Pencil a few years ago and I haven't looked back. If you prefer natural-looking, full brows on a budget, I absolutely urge you to try this. 

As I mentioned earlier, in the winter I start creeping over to the dark side. I have two kinds of eyeliner in my stash - classic liquid, and classic kohl, both by Rimmel. The Exaggerate Liquid Liner is ideal for when you want to create a retro cat-eye, or for when you want to add real glamour to your look, while the Scandal Eyes Kohl Liner is amazing at getting that out-all-night, smudged effect. I simply warm the pencil and run it once along the lash line, before smudging out with an angled brush, for a soft, smoky effect. I finish the look with my favourite mascara, and then move on to the lips...

Autumn/Winter is all about playing around with more dramatic looks that would be out of place at sunnier times of the year, so in the colder months I tend to come back to the same three lipstick looks: classic red, deep burgundy and edgy nude. All of them work just as well in the daytime as they do in the evening, meaning that you can create a makeup look for work that will transition perfectly into the evening very easily in winter. Dark mornings, dark nights - what's the difference?

How do you change things up when it gets to autumn/winter?