Fall is probably my favorite season. I’m a true Midwesterner that way. I’ve grown up enjoying the change of seasons. I love the transition as the leaves turn amazing shades of orange, flaming auburn and radiant yellow and the air turns refreshingly crisp.
For me, living in the Midwest my entire life the autumn season signifies a new way of life that includes lots of reading, nights by the fire and warm spicy chili and soups in the kitchen. Sure the summer is fun and loaded with outdoor activity but the fall is when you can reel it in and begin relaxing - sort of “regrouping” if you will.
No longer do you have to worry about plucking the weeds from your flower beds, mowing the lawn and attending the never ending social functions that tend to clutter the short summer season. Fall to me means buckling down and getting back to the basics. That’s kind of how I feel about my color choices when it comes to my beauty routine in the fall too. I begin to choose more muted, earthy shades that provide a warmth and earthiness your typical “summer” colors tend to abandon.
This goes for my shades of makeup, my hair color of choice (I use a natural hair color – of course!) and the clothes I wear. While I might choose brighter, buttery highlights in the summer the fall is usually a transition to a deeper and more uniform mix of warm chocolate browns – perhaps blended with rich auburn highlights.
The seasons are a great way to slightly change or refresh your look. I tend to love winter clothes that make you feel cozy, comfortable and “covered” since I’m a natural introvert. Some people love summer clothes and could live in them year round. While I love to don comfy shorts an a tank top on the hottest days, my natural inclinations are for the warmth and security of cozy sweaters, laid back thermals and the earthy tones you would find in nature.
These include navy greens and khakis, warm taupes, muted charcoals, mellow blacks and rich browns. You can even find a lot of the typical colors you would wear in the summer like blues and purples in these muted tones now with a touch of muted earthiness added.
This goes for makeup shades as well. We now have more shades of eyeshadows, eyeliners, blushes, mascaras, lipsticks and other every day essentials than we ever have. I’ve seen some of the most beautiful, creative colors and color combinations that are really complimentary to all kinds of different skin tones and hair colors.
Here are some of my fall favorites for the eyes: dusty earthy lavenders combined with charcoal black liner, rich browns with taupe, earth greens set off with a great dark green smudged eyeliner and dark brown mascara and earthy peaches combined with deep golds offset with deep brown liner and black or brown mascara.
The author of this article, Danna Norek owns Aura Sensory which offers a line of natural, nontoxic skin, hair and body care products.