Hi Friends. Since I’m currently extending my summer with a much-needed escape on Kauai (you can follow on Instagram and Stories with #apt34doeskauai btw), I thought I’d share a favorite post or two from falls past to help you get in the September mood. These posts will help me too because while I’m revealing in serious sun right now, I’m going to so ready for the fall nesting season the moment I step foot back in San Francisco. But for now: some major fall makeup inspiration for you and a major mai tai for me!

The world of makeup can be an intimidating (and expensive!) place in which to experiment. But with the obvious traps (I’m looking at you contouring!) also comes the dreaded makeup rut: sticking to “the same face” you’ve been wearing for years. You can and should, in fact, transition your makeup routine to meld with the current season. But you needn’t stray that far from the safety of shore. I’m obsessed with this super subtle yet equally enticing fall palette. Scroll below for proof that even for a novice, playing with makeup CAN be fun.


Fall is all about going ever so slightly moodier with your makeup. This look is a step up from simply covering those dang under eye circles, yet still very easy to pull off. There’s no need to channel a pagent contestant. You can transition your makeup routine from summer to fall by simply going a shade or two deeper into the rose family for cheeks, lips and even eyes. Deep rose hues pick up your gorgeous summer glow (whether it be real or your faux it!) and can look stunning on every skin tone. You up the ante by smudging a subtle warm brown eyeshadow under your lower lashes and adding a toastier metallic on the upper eyelid to instantly give you a bit of drama.

You’ll also notice eyebrows are a key element to this look. Allow them to get a little thicker and more natural! The rule less is more does not apply here- hide your tweezers, but tame unruliness with this clear wax brow pencil. It’s sure to be your weapon of choice all season long. Finishing your face with a light rose lipstick and barely-there mauve cheek is what we’re calling THE face du jour. Did you know you can even do double duty by applying the same cheek color on your eyes?

So there you have it. With just a few additions to your makeup bag, you’re going to have totally refreshed face this season.

how to transition to fall makeup on apartment 34

Even now, I remain obsessed with this rose-inspired makeup palette. It makes me want to head straight to the makeup counter and stay a while. What about you?


Laura Mercier ‘Second Cheek’ in Heather Pink
Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in Pretty 
Bobbi Brown ‘Raw Sugar’ Illuminating Bronzing Powder
Bronze and Gold Eye Shadow 

For even more makeup inspiration check out

> My favorite five-minute face
> The clean beauty products you should have in your bag right now



image 1 via // 2 via Harper’s Bazaar 

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  1. Nice selection of products. Thanks for sharing.