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12 ways to give your hair and makeup an autumn makeover

It’s the perfect time for a seasonal switch up, and nope we’re not just talking about moving from an icy cold frappuccino to a steaming hot chocolate the next time you hit the town.

Today we’re talking beauty looks, because with that summer glow well and truly gone, now’s your chance to embrace warm golden tones, rich earthy shades and lazy, textured tresses. Sounds dreamy, eh?

If you’re in need of some inspo for a brand new look, we’ve got 12 gorgeous ideas to give your hair and makeup the perfect autumn do-over. Trust us, you’ll be feeling as pretty as a pumpkin.

1. Switch up your skincare

It’s a beauty guru golden rule that your foundation, concealer and makeup in general will never look as good as you want it to unless you’re prepping your skin properly with a proper routine.

Now that the winter is getting colder and harsher on that lovely face of yours, it’s time to exfoliate regularly and moisturise like it’s going out of fashion. Up your hydration game and you can say see ya later to those annoying, flakey moments.

Dewy tonight ✨

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2. Rose gold highlights

Next time you’re heading to the hairdresser for a new dye job, check out chocolate mauve and rose gold highlights, which walk the fine line between natural and something a little bit special.

Chocolate mauve combines rich browns with a touch of hazy lilac purple, while rose gold colours go blazing and coppery to remind you of crunchy fallen leaves and the fireside.

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3. Go for the glow

You might be tempted through autumn/winter to opt for a fuller coverage, more matte looking makeup look. On the other hand, you might just find that everything’s gone a bit dull and lacklustre in the winter weather. Sigh, when’s summer coming back?

You can still totally rock the glow, though. Buff a cream highlighter onto the highs of your cheekbones and a tiny bit on the apples of your cheeks, to swap the old Insta-ready metallic highlight for a more dewy, radiant sheen.

4. Orange toned lipstick

Orange is the one and only colour to focus on over autumn (duh) so it’s time to think pumpkins, candy corn and most importantly, orange lippy. It looks fierce on all skin tones, makes your teeth look super white and adds an unexpected pop of colour.

Channel your inner Lupita Nyong’o by toning down the rest of your look to focus on nothing but the a flawless orange lip.

5. Golden Eyes

First up, we’re gonna suggest taking a masterclass from the queen of all things autumn – Zoella, obvs. Check out her autumn tutorial for a gorgeously glimmering golden eye, paired with a dark vampy lip that you’ll be desperate to recreate asap.

And because it’s Zoe, it goes without saying that her burnt orange knitwear, fairy light tree and messy top knot are all absolute essentials, too.

6. Pumpkin spice makeup

Whether you’re gonna spend the next few months with a Starbucks glued to your hand, or you’d rather just stick to a plain old cup of tea tbh, we can all agree that a pumpkin spice latte has never looked so good.

Copper-toned burnt orange, cinnamon and woody brown hues all combine for the ultimate autumn eyeshadow look thanks to Soph, and things get even more delicious when there’s some copper glitter involved.

7. Warm toned, caramel balayage

Forever chasing that dream hair that you’ve seen all over Pinterest? The chances are that it probably involves warm-toned, caramel-inspired balayage – the perfect subtle shades blended from dark brown to dark blonde.

In the summer you’d probably call this look ‘sun-kissed’, but seeing as we’re heading into October and that just doesn’t fit anymore, we’re gonna go ahead and call this one ‘autumn-kissed’.

Bom dia! #inspire #beauty

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8. Freckles and flushed cheeks

When you head out into the cold winter mornings, your skin becomes instantly glowing and flushed with rosy cheeks. Seeing as that’s your most naturally perfect shade of blush, it only makes sense to recreate it with your makeup, too.

Ditch the full coverage foundation and embrace your skin’s natural appearance, to let a sprinkling of freckles and your own radiance shine through for a subtle and soft finish.

9. Darker than dark lips

Like sausages and mash or eggs and soldiers, autumn and dark lips are a recipe for stunning success. And if you’re gonna make a statement with your lipstick, then it’s definitely a case of the darker, the better.

Swipe on grey-mauves or plums for an effortlessly cool look – and always remember to blot between applications of colour to make sure that it doesn’t end up all over your teeth. Agh.

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10. Say no to neat and tidy

You’re probably gonna spend the next few months getting blown about, rained on and wondering why you ever bothered to straighten your hair, so how about we all just agree to embrace the windy weather and go for the messy look instead.

Autumn is the perfect time to whip your tresses up into a loose bun and let your hair do its thang. Think ‘I woke up like this’ vibes.

Monday blues ? #Monday #bandzee #hair #updo #inspo

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11. Textured braids

As we said, messy is definitely best right now, but no hairstyle works the effortless technique quite like a beautiful, tousled braid. Braids have always been in style, but the woven look definitely shines best in the autumn.

Experiment with shapes, sizes, patterns and half ponytails to find what suits you best.

Textured braids by @hairbymelissalynch / #kiinbymel

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12. Big brows

As anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s will constantly shout at you, always leave your brows well alone and let them flourish to their full, bushy potential if poss.

Big brows are going nowhere fast, but they can have even more volume and texture when autumn arrives. Just keep them vaguely groomed and tamed with a good brow gel, and you’re good to go.

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