Make Up Forever Water Blend

NUDE ON NEUTRALS

Paint the town with tones of cedarwood and dusty rose—a sophisticated nod to Pantone’s Rose Quartz—perfect for the final quarter of 2016

We’re taught to make good choices—whether it’s choosing our leaders, or what goes into our makeup pouches. This F/W, opt for a pared down aesthetic with these down-to-earth hues. Here’s what’s trending in the beauty circuit.

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A water-based foundation for dewy, hydrated skin

Make Up Forever Water Blend Foundation in Y215
The essential primer to any foundation routine is a sheer, buildable base that will help dress the skin with moisture. Formulated with 80% water for a true second skin effect, this skin loving foundation is the perfect fall transition base for all your winter skin goals. Also, with an impressive shade range, you’re bound to find your match without swiping right.

PRO TIP: Mix in your go-to serum for extra hydration and glow—Sulwhasoo First Care Serum pairs seamlessly with MUFE’S latest water-gel texture.

Kat Von D Lolita

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A liquid lipstick in a de rigueur shade

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
In case you’ve missed out on Kylie’s lip kits, skip the waitlist by building your own lip wardrobe. On the fence about liquid lipsticks? Kat Von D Lolita is a dustier rose-toned hue that adds complexity to your basic nudes. Plus, the minimalist design is clutch-ready, while the doe foot applicator provides a velvety finish from the back of your Uber ride.

PRO TIP: Think avant-garde and try an unexpected gradient lip: Reika of Front Row Beauty nails this look by layering an ombre peach with this earthier hue.

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A nail topper that’s equal parts polished and low-key

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Earth Angel (LE)
While it may seem a little matchy-matchy to pair your polish with lipstick, this warm, rich hue is precisely the point. With a palette alluding to India spice markets and Santa Monica sunsets, the treatment-enriched formula allows you to indulge in a little self-care without having to worry about unwanted chemicals such as formaldehyde and DBP. In a feed of #nailart, an unaccented mani is always welcomed take in your Instagram snaps.

PRO TIP: Create a plush look with a finishing touch such as Dior’s Gel Top Coat that provides gloss for days.

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A vice to take you from brunch to black tie

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 1993
The perennial red lip takes a backseat to this season’s go-to: the brown lip trend. The fall and winter version of the vamps/reds we’re used to seeing exudes a modern vibe that’s paradoxically borrowed. As part of Urban Decay’s much hyped about lipstick formula revamp, this one is aptly filed under comfort matte. The formula is not as drying as other lip products in the matte lip family, while providing the sought-after finished texture. Pair it with an effortless choker for proof that the 90s aren’t backing down.

PRO TIP: To make the color pop, prime lips with a dab of foundation or a lightweight concealer. Don’t forget to prep your lips with a DIY honey and sugar scrub for the perfect canvas.

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Think rose golds and blush hues that dress the skin with luminosity for a supreme glow—beauty that moves at the speed of life

Although M·A·C is not a brand to shy away from a bold palette, the house shows us that sometimes less is more. Featuring ready-to-wear hues that are anything but basic—Future M·A·C is one of those rare collections that is equal parts pared down, yet polished. Ideal for commissioning a spring to summer glow, these neutral metallics flaunt warm weather looks that don’t require an afterthought. Here are two minimalist trends to try for picnic days that are decidedly on point.

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The neutral smoky eye

M.A.C Nano Nude Eyeshadow Quad houses wet/dry shadows with a mineralized sheen. The matte shades are perfect for the 9-to-5, while the accent shade offers a gilded overlay for a weekend options. For daytime, a dry brush application ensures a softly smoked-out look, while a damp brush amplifies the intensity and texture to a foiled finish.

THE TREND: With longer days and lighter hues, a smokey eye can look slightly out of place. Reinvent this classic technique by opting for a updated version of your current palette. Pink eyeshadow is the de rigueur shade that’s surprisingly wearable. For a look that’s more Balmain than Barbie, choose a rose hue with nude undertones for a muted glow. A sophisticated pink brightens the eyes, while the nude pigment offers a subtle definition—borrowed from contouring techniques.

TO TRY: Start by sweeping the darkest shade over the lashline for a simplified cut crease look. For depth without the drama layer in the opposite direction—darkest to lightest, from lashline to the crease—to ensure that the shades are diffused for the most natural finish. For ultra-dimension, layer the gold pearl lustre onto the center of the eyelid to highlight. Repeat on lower lashline as desired.

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The (new) rules of strobing

A radiant complexion is just the right accessory to offset the warmer weather. Foolproof your strobing routine with a singular product: M.A.C Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish. A trifecta of skin-enhancing shades that are baked to perfection—traditional rose gold and coral hues are updated with a shot of silver that’s unerringly modern. The light-reflecting shades can be applied individually or swirled together for a next generation glow.

THE TREND: Unmistakably, strobing is here to stay. Skip the contour, and instead, sculpt your face with light. Apply over a tinted moisturizer or cushion foundation for an uncomplicated summer sheen. Gently tap on cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the nose bridge, while avoiding the T-zone. Dust a light layer over the brow bone for a glow that travels with you, no filter necessary.

TO TRY: Best applied with the brand’s duo fibre brushes (M.A.C 187 or 188). This multi-tasker can be used as a blush, eyeshadow, or a highlighting powder. To customize your shade, swirl the rose gold and coral for a warmer glow and natural luminizer. To amplify the look, mix the coral and silver for a pale-cool highlighter that’s nothing short of complexion magic.