Now that the season has definitely changed -- and it feels more like we're inching closer to winter every day -- I've been thinking about the other parts of my morning "hurry, hurry, get ready, you're already late, get the hell out the door!" routine that also change with the seasons.
For me, "fashion" is about being put-together, and that includes the other ways you present yourself: beauty, makeup, hair. So I thought it was time to do a little Beauty Edition here on Fashion Friday. Just as I pull my boots, tights, and scarves out of storage when the air turns a little crisper, I change up my beauty routines, too.
1. Makeup: My morning workday makeup routine takes about three minutes, tops. If I'm feeling frisky that day, it gets to about five when I add in some eyeliner, but that happens about once every six weeks, at most. (I have a small makeup bag that I carry with me to touch up before evening plans.) In the summer months, I stick with peachy and light pink hues. Now that we're in cooler months, I've shifted into more browns and darker neutrals. While I stick with light glosses in the summer, I've switched to a berry stain this fall. Your makeup should flatter your individual skin tone, of course, but should also definitely favor a more fall-friendly palette by now.
2. Perfume: In the summer, I usually wear Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy. It's bright and crisp and perfect for warmer months. In September, I switched to Chanel's Chance, which has been my go-to for years. It's a richer scent, but still light enough for everyday wear -- perfect for fall. Once the weather gets even colder, I'll start mixing in Gucci's Rush. It's still my favorite spicy scent and it works well on me for the winter.
3. Nail Polish: Like your makeup, your nail polish palette should change with the seasons. While summer is perfect for pinks and corals, it's now time to switch to deep berry and eggplant shades, and my new personal favorite -- browns. I love OPI's Chocolate Moose, Orly's Prince Charming, and Butter London's All Hail the Queen.
4. Hair: For me, the best part of the changing seasons is that I no longer have to secure a sweaty, hot mess of hair on the top of my head! While summer means finding creative ways to keep my hair off my face and neck and look put-together even in the hot and humid weather, the cooler months mean I can blow dry my tresses shiny and straight and keep the look all day long. I tend to wear more headbands in the winter, knowing that I won't be resorting to a ponytail within ten minutes of leaving the house.
5. Skin: The changing humidity levels from summer to winter in this area mean that you really have to switch up your skin care routine as the seasons change. We all have our particular challenge areas -- for me, my nose wants to peel nonstop in the dry winter air, and I definitely don't look put-together if my nose is flaking! I wear heavier moisturizers in the fall and winter, and use special eye creams at night to keep the skin around my eyes soft and happy.
Also keep in mind that just because it's no longer 95 degrees outside doesn't mean that you won't sweat at times in the fall and winter. Running to catch the train in a wool sweater and wool coat and jumping onto that heated car equal perspiration! Our winter woolen clothes don't breathe as well as the light cottons of the summer, so I always keep a travel-size deodorant and baby wipes at work, just in case.
Happy Friday ... and it's good to be back! :)