When I think of autumn, I always think burgundy, cognac, and other hues associated with the changing of the leaves. After all, I grew up jumping into piles of crunchy, freshly raked leaves (there are a lot of trees in Michigan — we kids had to rake our lawn every week, it seemed) and associating the mustard yellow of the bus with the beginning of yet another school year.
So I was quite surprised when I saw how many pale, sheer nails made their appearance on fall runways. It was almost a backlash to seasons of over-the-top nail art and exaggerated eyeliner. Sure, there were still plenty of such only-for-the-runway looks to go around, but the freshest — and most refreshing — beauty looks to me were the ones that made a quiet statement, with the palest of blushes, pinks, and lavenders.
So go against the autumnal grain. Take a cue from the fall runways and maintain your innocence with a halo of skin-brightening pinks and lavenders.
WHISPERS OF COLOR
Add a drop to foundation or use as a highlighter for a youthful radiance. Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator in Sheer Pink, $39, kohgendocosmetics.com
I love a glimmery lip, and this prismatic one is like an instant lip volumizer. Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Prismatic Lip Gloss in Moonlight Kiss, $19, elizabetharden.com
Get onboard with the pink eyeshadow trend with this pretty hue in a bouncy gel powder. Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Rose, $5, milanicosmetics.com
This moisturizer imparts a luminous, soft light to skin, while camellia oil fights free radicals and deeply hydrates. Boscia Tsubaki Glotion, $38, boscia.com
Every penny of this next-gen Viva Glam lipglass, in collaboration with Ariana Grande, goes to help those affected by HIV/AIDS. M.A.C Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipglass, $16, maccosmetics.com
Anti-aging moringa and sea lavender flower extracts revitalize, while light-reflecting pearls enliven dull complexions. Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Wake Up Balm, $62, esteelauder.com
After seasons of over-the-top nail art, clean, almost bare nails feel refreshing. Even better, all of these are at least “3- free” of the bad stuff.
This “breathable” polish minimizes yellowing. Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Pamper Me, $9, orlybeauty.com
This nail “brightener” is made to give your (yellowing) nails an instant lift, like your nails but beter. Zoya Naked Manicure in Lavender Perfector, $10, zoya.com
Need a bit more oomph than a sheer nail? For a modern effect, try a matte topcoat over a pale shade. JINsoon Matte Maker, $18, jinsoon.com
A pleasingly pale shade in the prettiest minimalist bottle. Côte Nail Polish in No. 9, $18, coteshop.co
All the colors from this nail brand are spot-on, and their sun-cured top coat is a mainstay in my nail collection. Londontown Lakur in Cheerio, $16, londontownusa.com
Add a bit of glimmer to your pale nails or update your favorite nail color. RMS Nail Polish in Luminizer, $15, rmsbeauty.com
The colors of these Insta-worthy bottles are just as important as the organic essential oils within — each is selected to convey a certain energy, from the subtlety of Parfum 11 to the transformation of Parfum 58. Aura-Soma Pegasus Parfum 11, 58, 44, pegasus-parfum.com
Originally published in Composure Magazine.