I’ve been warning you for months but the end of summer is finally upon us. I agree, this is exactly what I would deem a proverbial Rude Awakening, but there’s nothing we can do now but go in chastened and fully prepared. The temperatures may still be high, but we are marching—or slouching, depending on your constitution— swiftly toward the cooler months, so let’s do our best to face this sudden downturn in our fortunes as staunchly as we can.
Let’s start with our hair. The sun, the chlorine, the wind and the salt have done a number on that stuff growing out of our scalps, and after Labor Day that straw or kelp-like quality we all thought so charming is no longer working for anyone. So start off by washing and conditioning away a multitude of sins with color restoring Sachajuan shampoo and conditioner. That’s Swedish for extremely chic and minimal. While you let it air dry, drizzle a few drops of GM Reverie Milk over it, massage it through the ends and pray. Milk is organic, doesn’t contain sulfates or parabens and has a pleasantly magical effect on all hair types. (While you were in the shower I hope you didn’t forget to cleanse your person. A do-over is mandatory if you didn’t). Why not switch out those summer florals and citruses for Le Labo’s unfathomably seductive Oud shower gel? An autumnal scent if there ever was one. Double up with Oud body lotion as you’re drying off and waiting for your hair to change its personality.
On to your face: what that poor calling card of yours has endured for the last few months! Aside from the elements, you’ve been cementing its pores shut with metric tons of sunblock when you weren’t burning it to a crisp. (I might be projecting). Wash off summer with the calming Kinara cleanser and toner, and then dab a healthy dose of Indie Lee squalane face cream and calendula eye balm on all the parts you’ve been neglecting. Indie Lee is a new line of completely natural and highly effective products that have done wonders on me already.
We are all, of course, naturally perfect enough, but let’s talk about a few gentle enhancements… correct small blemishes and inconsistencies with By Terry’s Cellularose CC Cream and RMS’s “Un” Cover-Up. Use By Terry’s rose-based cream in place of a foundation, and RMS’s concealer around the nasal folds, under the eyes, on the eyelids and around the mouth. Rose-Marie Swift is the legendary makeup artist who created Gisele and Miranda Kerr’s stunning looks and her line of natural, coconut oil-based makeup is good for even the most sensitive skin types as it melts and adjusts to your complexion completely. Her brushes are brilliantly conceived to help this process, but in a pinch your index finger will do as well. Use her beautifully natural lip2cheek shades to get an autumnally stained quality. If you want to maintain some summery shimmer, dust a little Laura Mercier highlighter on your cheek and brow bones. You haven’t worn eye makeup in months, but fall colors like emerald, teal, navy, olive and pewter are so exciting you may just have to. Use Nars’s brand-new Audacious Mascara to open up your eye and By Terry’s Magnet Eye shadow palette. Swipe a line of Laura Mercier’s teal cream eyeliner along your top lashline or Kevyn Aucoin’s black kohl and go to town on the infinite eye shadow combinations; you may choose not to leave the house. Set everything with By Terry moisturizing powder, which contains hyaluronic acid, the most moisturizing ingredient on the market, and if you have the patience and precision, dip the tips of your nails in Jin Soon’s merlot red nail polish for a modern take on the French tip to match your Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses lip. You’re ready to take a bite out of fall now.