The Hottest Fall Makeup Trends

As much as we love summer for its longer days and warm nights, fall is a time when makeup can truly shine. Here in Southern California, we still rock a golden glow into the autumn months; only now we get to drop the “au naturale” beach look in favor of more sultry shades and polished glamour. This fall, get ready for jewel tones, layers of lashes, airbrushed skin, and berry lips!

Diffused and Drop-Dead Gorgeous

First things first: soft, diffused skin is IN. Say goodbye to a heavily defined contour, and hello to blended definition with a wash of color! Our newest contour palette makes this effect easy; it's a lighter take on the original. For cheeks, a matte carnation blush looks natural and compliments the rest of the fall palette. Get the look by applying your foundation with a beauty blender. Trust us, the hype is real. This magic sponge makes achieving an airbrushed finish so easy, and it will save you from any blending woes!

To use: saturate the sponge with water, and then squeeze out the excess so it’s only slightly damp. Coat the rounded end with product before lightly tapping the sponge across your skin for a “stippled” effect. Use the pointed end to apply product beneath your eyes, in the corners of your nose, and across your upper lip with the same tapping motion. Voila, a flawless face!

Rich, Royal Hues

Let it be known: we've fallen hard for jewel tones! For shadows, we love a deep garnet shade that is absolutely stunning against green eyes. Ours is a shimmery crimson called Shock that we love to use as a crease color or blended with peachy (we love Delish) and chocolate brown shades for an earthy take on a traditional smoky eye. For a bolder look, you can incorporate a true, royal blue into your repertoire, either as a subtle swipe of liner or for definition in your crease. Our newest shadow crush is Navy, a shimmery sapphire color that blends seamlessly with Baby Blues, a matte light blue that is simply stunning!

Lastly, don’t forget about your lashes. Soft, fluttery lashes are seriously trending, which means it is time to invest in a good set of faux lashes or extensions for a flirty look. We especially love Dusty’s 100% mink lashes #64 for just the right amount of sex appeal - good for up to 26 wears! 

Luscious Lips

The berry lip is no doubt the hottest for Fall 2015. This color goes well with every skin tone and gives off a combined vibe of sophistication and edge! Also, we shouldn't forget to mention lipliner! Choose a color close to the lipstick shade of choice. It will define & shape your lips and keep your lip color from bleeding. Our personal favorite berry lipstick is Sizzle, lined with Raisin lipliner- perfection! We’re also seeing playful tawny pinks, muted beige nudes & vibrant matte reds. 

With the impending change in seasons, now is the perfect time to switch up your makeup routine. If you’re a creature of habit, adding even one of these trends can make a dramatic difference in your look, making heads turn and people take notice all autumn long!

Until next time, Social Butterfli’-s.

The Lowdown on Eyelash Extensions: What You Need to Know

Every woman has one: the feature or aspect of her appearance that she simply can’t help but be self conscious about. Guys may never get it, but us ladies know: even if everything else about the way you look is perfectly on point, all you can focus on is that singular imperfection. For women with light, short, or sparse eyelashes, that fact was played out every morning, as we struggled to find mascara, a curler, or strips that could compensate for our lackluster lashes. Mascara wasn’t up to the challenge, curlers only did so much, and falsies left us bald when they lifted on our last beach trip…disaster. The plight seemed hopeless. That is, until eyelash extensions hit the scene.

What To Expect: The best thing in beauty since contouring, extensions are life-changing for women that struggle to keep their eyelashes looking full. A full set means each of your natural lashes has an extension attached to it, however, different studios can offer a range of looks depending how natural or dramatic you’d like them to be. With care and precision, each extension is applied using FDA approved adhesive that is gentle on both your eyes and your natural eyelashes. Extensions typically range from $100 to $500 for a full set (good thing we’ve got a Groupon deal for only $56!)

The Do’s and Don’ts:

Do:

  • Give them a try! If you’ve got an event or are just curious, you’ve got a lot to gain and not much to lose by giving them a shot 
  • Brush them daily using a spoolie brush! This is especially important after showering or swimming, as you want don’t want them to dry stuck together 
  • Shower before your appointment! The glue needs 24 hours to fully set after application, and steam is its worst enemy, so clean up beforehand to avoid a cold shower situation
  • Get a regular fill, every 3-4 weeks to keep them looking full and even 

Don’t:

  • Touch or rub your eyes; the oils from your hands cause the glue to break down, making them fall out faster
  • Use mascara- unless it’s oil-free! Ours is awesome on extensions and natural lashes alike
  • Curl your extensions; they should come with a natural curl

Whether it’s regular blowouts, gel nails, or brow shaping, we think it’s time to add eyelash extensions to your monthly maintenance routine. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Until next time, Butterfli'-s.