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smoldering late summer

Why we love it

As late summer shifts into fall, a state of limbo occurs. Sure, we hear the siren call of sweaters and sumptuous, fall-favored shades, but we’re not quite ready give up dewy skin and satiny textures. What if we could sloooowly slip our makeup into a more fall-like feel, while maintaining certain elements of sexy summer beauty? Our latest Look of the Moment is the best of both worlds, combining bold, autumnal colors with smoldering summer finishes.

CC+® Cream Illumination with SPF 50+

IT COSMETICS CC+® Cream Illumination with SPF 50+

As summer winds down, we’re swapping our tinted moisturizer for something with a bit more coverage. itCosmetics CC+® Cream Illumination makes the summer-to-fall transition easy, offering buildable, SPF-infused coverage that strikes the perfect balance between dewy and matte.

SMITH & CULT Illumify Shimmering Highlight

Pretty soon, summer’s glow will give way to shine-free skin, but we’re not quite ready to retire our highlighter yet—or ever. To contrast the dark, moody color palette, we applied Smith & Cult’s Illumify Shimmering Highlight to the bridge of the nose, cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and brow bone. The stick formula creates a dewy, natural-looking sheen that stays put, making it perfect for late-summer.

BY TERRY Stylo Blackstar in Tasty Truffle

Cashmere, suede…matte textures just feel autumnal, don’t they? For this eye look, we paired a classic fall color palette with slightly less expected textures, taking the rich browns and golds of autumn and making them shimmer like the late-summer sun. To get the look, start with BY TERRY Stylo Blackstar, which creates a creamy, long-wear base.

stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Smoldering Satin

Next, make it shine. Gently dab Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Smoldering Satin over eyelids until you reach your desired level of sparkle. The result? Something that’s neither summer nor autumn—eyeshadow that strikes the perfect balance between seasons, evoking the warmth, light and mood of August.

KEVYN AUCOIN The Molten Lip Color

For a lip that perfectly straddles the line between summer and fall, we chose Kevyn Aucoin’s Molten Metal lip color. The earthy, metallic hue anticipates autumn, while the high-shine finish keeps things unexpected and summer-y.

Complete the look

Soft, bombshell curls are the perfect complement to such a bold look. Dial up the drama by adding volume and touchable texture.


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