I’ve been having a real moment with autumnal makeup lately – gone are the days of neutral eyeshadow and light mascara, I’m all about a red and orange eyeshadow with big brows and a slick of berry, and absolutely loving it!

There’s a few old favourites still in my routine, with some I’m using differently and also new additions that have been a go-to ever since purchasing…

For a natural glowy base, I’ve been prepping with Too Faced Hangover Primer (a hydration godsend) before mixing together Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation with Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – I end up using 4 separate shades, Porcelain and Fair by Becca and Snow and Ivory in BTW. I do think they make my complexion more pink than it is, but I love the finish and how it blends in with a near wet beauty blender.

An old fave that’s still in rotation is Urban Decay NAKED Concealer, very high coverage and great colour, plus as it’s more yellow toned I use it to balance out the foundation and brighten the under-eye. Because it’s a creamy texture, it blends and brightens very easily whilst lasting pretty much all day through sweat and winter heating.

As colour is a little lacking in autumn, I warm up my cheeks with Too Faced Medium for contour and Light for general bronze – the yummy cocoa smell reminds me of hot chocolate which is obviously an autumn staple, and because of the slight grey undertone it’s a more natural soft finish. It’s a buttery formula which builds nicely, and I find the shades adapt well between seasons so they’re great to switch between all year.

Now glowy highlight isn’t just for summer, it’s for every season! I’ve added Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter back into my routine and it definitely lifts all the red and orange – a bit of shimmer on the cheekbones and chin really makes all the difference 😉

Speaking of reds, there’s a few lipsticks I’ve been switching between – less red but still a winner is Glossier Generation G in Cake, a lovely natural nude which is great with a heavy eye though a little bit drying on the lips. For more autumnal reds, I’m switching between NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic and some other faves from Pür and Well People, all vegan friendly plus a nice comfortable matte finish from all formulas.

The main event is all about the eyes, and despite never being one for blending and layering, I am loving a heavy smokey eye right now – using the Pur Soiree Diaries palette, Gala is a great base whilst Stunner makes the crease pop more, and then because I’m super lazy at liner, a little bit of Snazzy makes the eyes pop! What has really pushed my autumnal oranges is some new shades from Bleach London – a very nice warm terracotta offset by a lush red raspberry, both very bold and both very affordable; at £3 a pop you can get some really fab statement shades and they’re all cruelty-free and vegan which is in the words of Sharpay, ‘fabuuuulouusssss!’

Another fabulous thing I’m all about is brows – aside from filling them in and shaping with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, I’ve been using their Brunette Brow Gel to set and plump up the brows so they’re bigger than ever (but still natural). I take the wand, which is a little too oversized tbh, and backcomb the hairs the opposite direction to add volume to the root, and then shape them a little bigger – works a real charm 😉

Finally a slick of mascara and I’m all done – I’ve been reaching for Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara most days when the wind isn’t making my eyes run, and it’s great for volume and length whilst also being packed wit good organic and natural ingredients!

*phew* now that’s all done, I’m off to go apply it all on my face – as I’m writing this on Sunday night, it’s time to go watch Harry Styles eeeeeek!


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