Now that we all have summer beauty down pat, it’s time to shake things up once again as we welcome falling leaves, pumpkin lattes and warmer, richer makeup tones. Some autumn beauty rules are easy to accept; bye bye pastel blue nails, hello navy! But others are downright confusing. How much SPF should we actually apply in the fall? Does colder weather naturally require more products? Should we ditch peach lipstick and make due with something darker?
We turned to beauty and skin experts who let us in on the top 6 fall beauty myths that need some major debunking right about now.
Myth #1. You don’t need to use as much sunscreen. As the position of the earth and our relationship to the sun changes in September, so should the way we protect our skin from UV and UVB rays. “Most people are quick to put away their sunscreens once cold weather creeps in, but sunscreen is still important to have in the cold winter months. The sun can cause harm year-round as harmful UV rays can penetrate clouds on dark days and windows while driving, so it’s important to keep yourself protected every day of the year,” says Dr. Jill Waibel, owner of The Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute. “Your skin is actually more sensitive in cooler weather conditions since winter weather wicks moisture from your skin. Using a product that can double as a moisturizer and a sunscreen will work double duty on your skin.” Waibel recommends Garnier Miracle Skin Protector, a BB cream that she says “addresses a number of skin concerns including dryness and discoloration that can be brought on by the change in weather.”
Myth #2. You need to pile on foundation. When you think of summer skin, chances are you’re envisioning a sheer, dewy glow. But oftentimes women make the mistake of assuming that winter skin should be matte and glow-free, an effect achieved by lots of unnecessary foundation. “In the summer when people are worried about their makeup melting off, they tend to stick to lighter coverage and this usually looks better,” says Rachel Jo Silver of Birchbox. “Just because it’s cold and your makeup will stay put doesn’t mean you have to cake it on; heavy makeup can actually age you. I recommend pairing your favorite moisturizer with Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint, which you can apply easily with a Beauty Blender or clean hands. It has light diffusing minerals to give you a slight glow, plus it has SPF 20. Mix it with Jouer’s Daily Repair Treatment Oil for even more moisture and glow in the winter when you really need it.”
Myth #3. You have to kiss your beachy waves bye-bye. “Thanks to sea salt spray you can wear beachy waves all year long,” Silver says. “Apply the spray to wet hair, then air dry or use a diffuser but don’t scrunch–you want beachy waves, not springy curls. I love Parlor by Jeff Chastain’s Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray. This sea salt spray is great because it smells gorgeous and actually moisturizes as well as adding texture so your hair is perfectly tousled but soft.”
Myth #4. You have to darken your hair. You love your blonde highlights, but feel it’s an unspoken beauty rule that you’ll have to cover them up once the temperatures drop–total myth. “One doesn’t need to change or tweak hair color for a specific season,” says Allyson Longshore, founder of STYLESTUDIO. “Style and beauty is all about being yourself and a blonde doesn’t need to tone her hair just for a chill and snowflake. Honestly, I think there is something so striking about a bright bold blonde during the winter season.”
Myth #5. You need to use more moisturizer. Your skin may feel more dry in the autumn and winter, but that doesn’t mean you should coat your face in so much moisturizer that it looks like war paint. “Too much moisturizer will clog pores,” says Amy Bobeda from Behind the Scenes Beauty. “Instead, wear more protective clothing like scarves, gloves, and hats to prevent excessive dry skin, hair and nails.”
Myth #6. Your makeup must be neutral. Think autumn makeup has to be boring? Think again (and keep your colorful shadows and lipsticks in your cosmetics bag). “The days of not wearing white after labor day are over,” Bobeda says. “Ss long as you don’t look comedic, your makeup palette should be tailored to your undertones, eye color, and hair color, not the monthly calendar.”