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As much as I love summer's long days, warm temperatures and sunshine, nothing is quite as exciting or fresh as the start of fall.  Makeup and skincare trends for the upcoming autumn season include many that will be easy to incorporate into your everyday routine.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Oil For the Body and the Face.  One look around the beauty department confirms that cosmetic and skin care companies are jumping on the oil-based band wagon in droves.  We're used to seeing body and hair treatments that are oil-based, but cleansers, night treatments and serums are also available now in oil-based formulations.  With the colder, drier weather on its way, giving oils a try may be an easier sell than during the hot summer months.  Truth be told though, we never stopped using dry-finish argan oil for hair, lips and hands at night. [Link Removed] is wild-crafted if you want to give it a try.

2. Shine is Back but Just for the Lips. Neutral and coral give way to statement lips in bold reds and bordeaux with a glossy shine.  Although stained lips with a matte finish is more my style, going a bit darker with some shine will work nicely for dinner out with your partner (hint, hint).

3. Flawless Face.  Healthy skin and an even complexion have never gone out of style but with the #nofilter trend, it's more coveted than ever.  Although there's no app for getting a flawless face, we might just have the next best thing: legendary [Link Removed] .  This ever popular gel-lotion with 20% AHA is the ultimate in reducing pigmentation, evening out skin tone, brightening the complexion and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Smokey Eye.  Does this trend every go away? For the latest version of the smokey eye, think less black, more earthy colors with a hazy finish, liquid eyeliner and lots of mascara.  So easy that even I will be able to master it.

5. Go for Grey.  Not strictly makeup or skin care, but there seems to be a lot of grey clothing rolling into the stores now.  And I love it.  My favorite neutral goes with almost anything, including pinks, whites, teals and navy, without the stark look of black.  Give me a charcoal grey sweater and riding boots and I couldn't be happier.

Welcome, Fall!

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti-aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].
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