Ways to Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall

Even though a lot of people consider it fall as soon as September hits, we’re now officially into fall. I don’t know about you, but I always find it a little awkward to transition my makeup between seasons, whether it’s from summer to fall or winter to spring. I find it hard to go right from bright pinks and blues to vampy purples and reds, or also from barely wearing any makeup in the summer to going back to a fairly full face. Today’s post consists of a few tips I have in my arsenal on how to transition your makeup routine from summer to fall, which will also take into account some of the fall trends we’ll be seeing this year. I’ve also included some recommendations on a few products; although I haven’t tried all of these products myself, they’re items I think will help to achieve these looks and effects.

Pat McGrath Bronze Seduction Palette

Transition Summer Staple Shades into Fall

Golds and bronzes are a staple in the summer for people who love the bronzed goddess look, and these types of shades are good to carry into autumn; after all, these are the colours that the leaves turn, right?

For nails, I wore a lot of bright pinks this summer. Right now, I’m going neutral for the first part of autumn, with taupes, greys, sandy shades, and mauves, before moving to vampy dark colours later on in the fall and winter.

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Recommendations for eyes: Tarte Chrome Paint Pot in Top Yacht, Sun Drenched, Pot of Gold, and Park Avenue Princess; Pat McGrath Bronze Seduction Palette, Natasha Denona Sunset Palette

Recommendations for nails: Essie Essie Closing Night, Essie Ladylike, Essie Angora Cardi, Zoya Joni, ILNP Manor House



Jewel Tones

This summer, we saw a lot of blues and greens in makeup, particularly eyeshadow – think ColourPop’s Mar palette or Alamar Reina Del Caribe palette. For fall, we can take these aquas and greens and turn them into teals, emeralds or even rich purples.

Recommendations: Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions palettes, Viseart Libertine Palette




Dewy Skin

Dewy skin was all the rage this summer, and even though the past few falls we’ve seen the trend of matte skin/matte everything, this year, ultra dewy no-makeup makeup skin that looks fresh is still a big thing for the fall. Not only are we relying on highlights to make our skin look dewy, but glowy base makeup is going to be a big thing. Don’t put your BB or CC creams away just yet!

Recommendations: MAC Strobe Cream, L’Oréal Paris Lumi Glotion, Becca Back Light Priming Filter, Georgio Armani Prima Color Control Glow Moisturizer


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Shiny Lips

Towards the beginning of spring, we saw a surge in popularity in glossy lips, which carried over into summer. People started losing interest in the matte lip trend that has been popular in the last few years, which my chronically dry lips are forever thankful for. Not only that, but brands have upgraded their lipglosses from the gooey, sticky formulas they used to have to the more comfortable ones you see in stores today. This fall, it seems that people aren’t really going back to the matte look, so keep those glossy lip products that you were using in the summer! If you invested in a ton of matte lipsticks over the years, no worries! You can still wear them and partake in the glossy lip trend by applying a lip gloss or lip topper on top.

Recommendations: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, Becca Glow Gloss, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick, Glossier Lip Gloss

That’s it for my ideas on how to transition your summer looks into fall! What types of looks or specific products are you looking forward to using this fall?


9 thoughts on “Ways to Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall

  1. I feel like I never actually change my look that much between summer & fall aside from lipstick choices. I’m still not wearing too much darker lipstick, I’m still using my glosses.
    But I did paint my nails bright orange yesterday so there’s that! Great post! xx

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    • I haven’t really used many darker lipsticks yet either – looking forward to pulling them out!

      Bright orange is so perfect for this time of year! I’m looking for a dirty orange nail polish this year – it’s something that I don’t already own.

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  2. I love transitioning both my makeup and skincare for cooler months! And also my wardrobe!
    I’m thinking of a deeper almost vampy nail polish for next week – these are the things that I get excited over! 😆
    Yessss, Becca Back Light Priming Filter! 😀 I also quite like the MAC Strobe Cream – the effect is more subtle – have you tried it? They sell it in a travel size for only $14 which is a great way to try it.
    I haven’t kept up with any of the Fall trends but I tend to go more dewy on the skin and less bronzing. I definitely dig out the deeper blush shades as well.

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    • I always struggle with wardrobe. It’s like summer, then one week of fall, then one week of mild winter, then winter-winter for six months. Gross!

      I don’t know why because I don’t use them often, but I always look forward to pulling out the vampy colours, both for nails and lips!

      No, I haven’t used Strobe Cream before – it’s on my never-ending list of things to try!


  3. I love this post, what a great idea! Your tips are right on the money! I definitely feel like most of my summer makeup carries over fairly well into the Fall, with the exception of my blue eyeshadow looks, which I am happy to let go of for now haha. It was fun while it lasted! Now it’s even more fun to get into different jewel tones like ambers, greens and purples!

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    • Hopefully blue eyeshadow comes back next summer – I don’t do them myself but I love your looks! I’m also looking forward to your fall jewel tone looks, particularly green. I feel like that’s the least common eyeshadow shade I see people use, and you do jewel tones so well!


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