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One of the first things you learn in makeup school is the importance of primer. It is single-handedly responsible for make sure your makeup stays intact and looking fresh throughout the day, but I never though about why other beauty products don’t have a priming step before application. Makeup really is the only category that utilizes a primer: there is one for foundation, one for lipstick and even one for eyeshadow, and they all work wonders. The newest subcategory to introduce a primer is fragrances. 

The Canvas & Concrete Fragrance Primer ($19.50) is formulated to ensure your scent lasts longer and stays true to the scent the designer originally created. Having this barrier, so to speak, in between your skin and the fragrance allows for less absorption into your body, which in turns keeps the scent from fading. The primer prevents your pH and body odor from blending with the fragrance and keeps it on the surface, where it’s meant to be. An added bonus: by ensuring the fragrance will stay on the surface means you’ll need less perfume, which means you won’t run out as quickly. Win-win!

Don’t just opt for rosy pink or sunny coral cheeks this fall, instead opt for a blush that’s more plum or grape in color. These three take top honors in my book.
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I’ve been a fan of Tarte Cheek Stains for a long time and their Blushing Bride (pictured left, $30 at sephora.com) is the perfect sheer deep plum color and it packs a pretty plum scent, too.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is the hot new line, so this is sure to be the hot new blush — Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken (pictured center, $30 at sephora.com) is a beautiful, soft lilac pink color.

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Bush is the most subtle of the three, offering a soft sheer color that has a lustrous shimmer to it. It also has the most staying power and comes in a stunning berry color, called Blissful (pictured right, $24 at nordstrom.com).

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There is nothing worse than when you finally find the perfect lip balm, gloss or primer and then two days later it seems to be nowhere to be found, even though you put it directly in your makeup bag. I go through this debacle every few weeks or so and, finally, found a solution. One product that combines all of the above (balm, lip gloss and primer) and it comes in a jar, which makes it pretty hard to misplace. 

The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm ($24) is a product by Sara Happ and it can be used as a moisturizer for dry lips or as a primer before applying lipstick. The smooth gloss texture allows for an even and flawless application, or thanks to the glossy finish, a nude color lip gloss. My biggest concern was the fact that I was going to have to use my finger to apply, but I either keep it on my vanity or in my car where there is always a lip brush or tissue handy. The product will not only give your lips a little pop of color, but it works just as well as any balm I’ve tried!

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Lack of sleep is something that we all experience no matter what the season, but when your sun-kissed skin starts to fade and you have a lighter complexion, under eye darkness and puffiness become more apparent, no matter how much makeup you use. Unluckily for me, I have very dark under eyes and they easily become super puffy with lack of sleep, so I went on a mission to find a solution to this problem that plagues many women. 

The First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller is a metal ball roller that banishes under eye darkness and puffiness while simultaneously cooling and awakening the skin to give a more refreshed look. After application, the caffeine that is infused into the formula begins to reduce the appearance of the under eye area, while the hyaluronate and advanced peptides help to restore lost volume and increase collagen production to reduce the fine lines and thinness of the area. Not only does this product work wonders but for the price of $24 you really can’t beat it!

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While walking the red carpet for ‘Gravity’ this past week, Emma Watson looked poised and mature and a large part had to do with her deep berry lip color — her out of this world outfit was a large contributor, too. The color is so fitting for fall and so incredibly striking on her face that I didn’t even realize how perfectly subtle her eye makeup was in contrast (at least, at first). 

You can copy her matte, berrylicious color by trying one of these: Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Berry Berry ($15 at SaksFifthAvenue.com), Vincent Longo Demi-Matte Velour Lipstick in Putna Spice (lighter) or Gioelle Berry (bolder) ($23 at beauty.com) or Ulta Matte Lipstick in Basically Berry ($8 at ulta.com).

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