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Fall Style Watch: Lush Lashes, Dramatic Brows

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The first hints of real autumn weather always energize me, making me want to shake things up a little and try something new. When it comes to makeup and skincare, I spend most of summer going au naturel on my face (except for sunscreen!) so by autumn I'm ready to play around and reinvent my style.

Autumn Woman With Leaf

What I've noticed cropping up this fall is a sort of wild and outdoorsy aesthetic-- ruddy lips, tousled hair, flushed cheeks on “autumn glow” skin. Lashes are lush and brows are dramatically thick, no longer plucked into submission. Personally, I'm loving these trends. To me they call to mind action and risk-taking and Francine Reed singing “Wild Women Don't Get the Blues”.

The best part about it all? You can get so much of it with or without makeup, so it's a look that works for minimalists who like to let diet and lifestyle take the lead on your appearance as well as for those of you who feel pampered by your skincare rituals and cosmetic magic.

Regular walks outside on crisp, sunny days can give your face that active glow and healthy flush. Keep it going throughout the day by cleaning your skin deeply and thoroughly with a device like the popular Clarisonic for face. A skin-brightening serum like SkinMedica's Lytera Skin Brightening Complex (a top pick of beauty editors everywhere!) brings on a radiant complexion. To bring it into your makeup style, use a light, moisturizing foundation like a tinted BB cream and add a soft sweep of gel or cream blush-- skip the powders. Add light strokes of a pearly shimmer highlight stick on the spots where light first hits your face, like cheekbones, the top of your nose, your chin, and your browbones, blend, and glow!

Full, soft, rosy lips call to mind recent kisses, sips of robust red wine, late-season berries. Start off skincare for your delicate lip skin by choosing a high-quality lip balm with a good SPF and moisturizers like olive oil and vitamin E, such as EltaMD's UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 31. (Avoid balms with "addictive" ingredients like fragrances, menthol, and salicylic acid that actually dry out your lips and keep you needing more!) A lip plumper like SkinMedica's TNS Lip Plump System kicks your kisser up a notch, and a tinted lip gloss or sheer lip crayon in a bold shade adds a dash of color without being heavy or sticky.

Long, lustrous lashes are no longer the exclusive domain of genetic lottery winners or those willing to pay for extensions. Latisse® lash growth serum lovers already know the joys of waking up with lush eyelashes, but it's never too late to start-- they'll never be out of style! You'll be able to choose whether to go bare or add a sweep of mascara for extra drama.

If the trend towards thin, highly-plucked arched brows of past years has left you short on natural resources for fall's bold, bigger brows, Latisse® can help there, too! Many fans have used it successfully to enhance over-plucked or naturally thin eyebrows. To take your look from untamed to polished, a brow kit offers clear wax to lightly coax the hairs into a shape with staying power, followed by a powder or creme in a matching shade to fill in thin spots and refine edges. Some pros swear by eyebrow stencils, while others pride themselves on perfect freehand skills.

With fall in full swing and leaves blazing in bold colors, why not strike up some drama and show off your boldest you?

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