Pondering new ways to update your beauty routine for fall? A simple approach and a few new hues are all you need, as we learned during a chat with makeup artist Raychel Wade. The 2009 color ambassador for La Prairie who regularly revamps makeup bags and bestows beauty advice via her New York-based company Cheek to Chic, Wade was in town recently to introduce press and La Prairie diehards to the new Plumage de Nuit Fall 2009 collection by La Prairie at Saks Fifth Avenue.
During a break from beautifying faces, Wade gave us some easy beauty tips that anyone can use for a quick autumn update:
1. Trade shimmery shadow for matte eyes.
“In the summer you’re sweating and you get that dewy look no matter what, so you might as well embrace it. But in the fall you can do that very simple matte look,” says Wade.
One to try: La Prarie Cellular Treatment Eye Colour in Pink Opal, which Wade swears by for any skin tone or eye color.
2. Don’t be afraid of cream blush.
“I’ve been resurrecting them in the line since I’ve been on board. I think a lot of women are really nervous about cream blush, they either don’t know how to apply it or they think they’re going to do too much. Or they think it’s for little old ladies. It’s such an easy way to touch up your face throughout the day and give your cheeks a real burst of color,” Wade says.
For fail-proof application, Wade recommends applying cream blush color to your first two fingers, stamping it gently on your cheeks and quickly “whiskering” the color out for the right effect. To find where to place cheek color, follow an invisible line straight down from the center of your pupil and over from the nose.
3. Intensify your hues.
“As far as a fall trend, I’m always saying, do a brighter blush, a deeper lipstick and then make your eye really full. And don’t be afraid to go back to the matte,” Wade advises.
4. Embrace neutrals.
“Stick to something neutral and beautiful that is really truly going to highlight your features and make you look like your best version of you. There’s nothing more beautiful than a really flattering brown eye shadow,” Wade tells us.
5. Try a new eyeliner color.
“Do navy blue eye liner with a really simple shadow. It’s such an easy way to change it up,” suggests Wade.
6. Keep it simple.
In Wade's words:
“Don’t confuse boring with simple. I think some people go up to the makeup counter, and they want something fun, and therefore they pick out the most outrageous color. Maybe save that for a sweater....I always say to women, don’t let the makeup wear you, you should wear the makeup.”
Want more tips from Wade? Check out her online video tutorials for La Prairie.