Yesterday I wore a SCARF (a woolly one), and right this second, I'm sipping on a cinnamony chai latte and it's blowing up a storm outside the office - Autumn is well and truly upon us, folks, whether we like it or not.
We actually love it though; the air becomes fresh and crisp, we stop sweltering under the pits of another sweaty Luas goer and the luxury of layering is once more upon us. Footwear becomes far more exciting (albeit expensive) and finally, our make-up no longer feels the need to flee from our faces (y'know, because of the perpetual office-without-aircon sweating). Hurrah!
As Autumn leaves will soon be falling, we take a look at the simple ways in which you can update your make-up collection, ensuring you're well prepared for all the woolly hats and cuddly treats that this wonderful season can bring.
In summer, we don't have much patience for strong eyeshadow, and it can look a bit overdone if you've got fully defined eyes paired with a light tinted moisturiser and a floaty, floral dress. But when we have rich textures and lots of layering in our wardrobe, more intense eye-shadows will work wonderfully. Just be sure to invest in a decent blending brush and you'll have autumnal smokey eyes that will see you from the office right through to your hot date in the blink of an, erm, eye.
And if you are treating yourself, Tom Ford's palette of burnt, gilded gold along with pretty plums and perfect base shadow will serve you well, whatever you're wearing this winter.
For an intense introduction to autumn, work a little of Laura Mercier's baked eye-shadow in Terracotta into the corner of your eyes. Skip the liquid liner on this one and instead use a black kohl pencil along your waterline for head-turning peepers.
Autumn is the perfect opportunity to add more depth of colour to your lips. We can't wait for a turn in the weather so we can get back into our beloved, luscious lipsticks. Bobbi Brown above and Nars below are currently boasting a fantastic range of deeper shades, sure to add some autumnal warmth to your overall look.
Lashings of thick black mascara is essential for your A/W 14 look. Big Fatty from Urban Decay is my absolute favourite mascara for a) its price and b) how good it is. Lasts ages too. Give yourself a set of big spidery eyes to make sure they stand out from underneath your woolly hat!
Bronzer is something we usually associate with summer, as we crazily layer it all over our faces in the hopes of looking as though we've achieved a 'natural' tan. But it can actually work wonders in winter simply to define and contour your face, and like the colours in lipstick and eye-shadows above, can really help to take the ghostly pallor off your face on those very dull days.
Lastly, Autumn is also a time when you can move away from the whole 'beach bronzed goddess' look that you've been rocking all Summer and turn your attention to more interesting shades of blusher to intensify your eye colour and add some much needed rosiness to your cheeks on those blustery days.
What's your must have product for Autumn? Do you change up your make-up routine with the change in the weather?