You Don’t Have to Start Over
It’s September, which means the month of the 50-pound magazines is upon us. You know the ones: with cover models cozied up in autumnal cashmere and headlines that bleat “The New Fall Lip Look!” and “Cold-Weather Skin Strategies.” Inside are the ads for pricey, lush moisturizers and seasonal eye shadow quartets. It all seems to scream: Throw away everything we told you to buy four months ago!
Well, as someone who’s willing to pay good money for a good face serum — but also someone who will do everything she can to squeeze out the last pricey drop — I’m not falling for this spiel. There’s no reason to throw out your perfectly good summer-weight skin care and cosmetics just because it’s jacket weather. Here are some tips to adapt your hot-weather beauty regime to cooler climes, saving you money and product in the process.
Fortify Your Face Cream
Adding a bit of oil to your skin care routine is an easy way to add and lock in additional moisture. There are plenty of affordable, non-pore-clogging options for a variety of skin types. Jojoba oil, for instance, is an ideal starting point because it’s very similar to the natural oils your skin produces. Grape seed oil can help regulate oilier skin while adding moisture, while olive or avocado oil are great for drier skins.
Add a few drops directly to a jar of cream or just rub a dab onto your damp face before topping off with your moisturizer (I keep some in a small spray bottle and just mist a bit onto my palm). Never mix oil into a sunscreen, however, as it may reduce the SPF protection. Just add a bit of oil to dry spots and let sink in for a minute before applying your sunscreen.
Pretend It’s An Eternal Summer
You should, because damaging UV rays can age you 365 days a year, even when you’re indoors. Keep up with a daily facial sunscreen, and use that remaining body sunscreen on any exposed body parts, especially your neck, hands and décolletage. Just remember to put the sunscreen on over, not under, moisturizer. Spray sunscreens are especially handy for zapping the backs of your hands before you head out the door.
Add Drama To Your Eye Shadow
Sheer, light shadows are perfect for sweaty summer days, but when the leaves start to turn colors you may want to amp up your own. The easiest way to intensify an eye shadow is to apply it with a damp brush. If you find that your shadow isn’t water-friendly, apply it over a creamy concealer or the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, a $5 insider trick that will make any color pop.
Power Up Your Pout
Like summer eye color, summer lips may be too sheer for pairing with richer fall colors. Nonetheless, I’ve assembled a collection of warm-weather balms that I love, and I’m not ready to put them away just yet. Instead, pick up a few inexpensive lip pencils in deeper tones, like my beloved Wet n’ Wild Brandywine #666 for less than two bucks. Line and fill in your lips with the pencil and top with your favorite summer color. Not only will you have a new fall look, but the color will most likely stay put for longer than a new lipstick would.
Keep On Scrubbin’
So many women I know only bother to exfoliate during the summer, when more skin is on show and regular polishing keeps self-tanner from streaking. But keeping up the exfoliation routine is a great way to keep skin from flaking in colder months, and helps moisturizer absorb better. If you feel your body scrub is too drying for the fall, add in a bit of olive oil for extra oomph.
Complement Your Conditioner
If you prefer using a lighter-weight hair conditioner when it’s warm out, there’s no reason to toss it when summer is over. Easily enrich it by adding a tablespoon of honey for every four ounces of product. Honey acts as a humectant, which means it will attract moisture to your strands — a great thing when the indoor heating starts to dry everything up.