Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Your Fall Beauty To-Do List

With fall just around the corner, now's the time to prep yourself for the newest, ultimate beauty looks.

Heat generally dries out our skin, and just damages it in general, so fall is kind of like a detox time for your skin.  Since most people tend to wear more makeup as the weather gets chilly, it's important that the skin itself is as close to perfection as possible.

Here's what to do:

Get Glowing Skin--Since it is probably fried from the weather, this is key.  You can use different creams, but eating certain foods,like cucumbers, mangoes, and apricots help you glow from within.  They've all full of vitamin A, which helps nourish skin cells.

Set Aside a Weekly Beauty Day--When our schedules get filled up, the last thing you want to think about is having a beauty day. Give yourself an at-home facial, pamper yourself and take care of your skin.  Even set up some time to read your fave mag that you haven't had time to read.  Try to do this every Thursday; it's perfect because it isn't quite the weekend yet, but it's past hump day.

Update Your Hair Color--Blonde highlights are fabulous for summer, but fall is the time to go with a rich, darker color.  Try out a golden dark brown, or even a dark brown with a red-ish hue to it.  Experiment with some darker colors.

Get Rid of Hair Stress--Summer basically ruins your hair.  So you've really got to to use a lot of super moisturizing hair masques.  They'll make your hair look healthier, soft, and looking super gorgeous.

Pamper Your Hands and Feet--We usually don't even think of the fact that nails are a big deal and need nourishment.  But they do!  Bi-weekly foot soaks will ease aches and pains, as well as swelling.  You can also fill a small tub with warm water and Epsom salt to soften skin.  Hands are important too; the cuticles can be very annoying and picking at them makes it worse.  So just get a nice cuticle softener, and push them down or remove them completely.  Another secret? Honey.  Warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds and rub it onto your hands and cuticles.  Honey is a natural healer that's full of antioxidants.

Change Up Your Manicure--Yeah, we all had fun using bright, neon colors on our nails for a while, but for fall you really need something simple and pretty.  Trend-wise, both very light colors, and super dark hues are in style.  Go with a nice deep plum for a color that will def go with your skintone and actually matches more than you'd think.

Revamp Your Makeup Look--When the weather's warm and going to the beach is a weekly activity, you can get away with wearing little to no makeup. But fall is a good time to try out different makeup looks.  Pull out some old pictures of you from the past year and check out your makeup.  If it mostly looks the same, do something drastically different!

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