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Need A Makeup Spruce For Fall? Try These 6 New Products

Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director
By Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director
Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director. Previously she worked at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com.
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August 25, 2019

If I were to describe that slice of time between the waning days of summer but well before the brisk arrival of fall, it'd be the color palette below. It's that early September sunset, with its simmering shades of magenta, crimson, and deep orange. It's that lasting golden warmth that lingers on the skin, well after the sun goes down. It's that last explosion of Summer Fun, before the seriousness of a new season sets in.

And, really, these new products would be worth the praise based on the spectacular hues alone, but what makes these extra special? The textures. For the last few years, I've come to love the plethora of so-satisfying-to-touch skin care options out there. (Water creams or transforming face washes, for example.) And now, the natural and nontoxic makeup market is cashing in on all the fun textures, too: from highlighters that feel like skin care items to eye shadows that you might mistake as lip glosses.

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Ilia Liquid Light Serum Highlighter

This serum (yes, serum!) will keep your golden summer glow going well into the colder months. Blend it on all the classic highlighter spots (cheekbones, high points of the face), or apply it as an all-over primer under foundation—the shimmer will peek through to give you the most subtle, easygoing radiance.

Liquid Light Serum Highlighter, Ilia ($44)

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BareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush

A pressed powder named "bounce" and described as "fingertip" friendly? I was skeptical. But the texture is surprisingly springy—and, really, all it takes is your finger pad to smooth it in. There are four shades, and each gives you that similar post-sun flush.

Bounce & Blur Blush, BareMinerals ($29)

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Kosas 10-Second Eye Shadow

Kosas has pleasantly surprised me with their innovative textures (I mean, coming out with a foundation oil!). Their new eye shadows are water-based with colorful pigments suspended throughout—you have to shake them up before applying. Dab a small amount and sheer it out for a smoldering look, or do a high-impact swipe for an extra-bold moment.

10-Second Eye Shadow, Kosas ($28)

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lilah b. Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator

The only way I know how to describe this is a dense, pressed mousse. It is somehow, against all texture logic, equal parts whipped and thick. Just graze your finger over it, and you'll get what I mean. And it is just about as dreamy of a bronzer as you can imagine.

Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator in b. captivating, lilah b. ($32)

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Inika Organic Certified Organic Cream Illuminator Trio

It's made with a blend of oils (coconut and argan being the two main ones), so this has incredible slip. Swirl your fingers around in one of the colors to warm the cream up, and then let it sink into the skin. The effect is positively glistening.

Certified Organic Cream Illuminator Trio, Inika Organic ($65)

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Lanolips Lip Water

This is seriously refreshing for your lips: It's made with liquid lanolin, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and peppermint (which gives the most delightful tingling sensation when applied). The finish is subtly glossy and fresh—with no tack. It really does feel like, well, water.

Lip Water, Lanolips ($16.95)

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Alexandra Engler
Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director

Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director at mindbodygreen. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She has worked at many top publications and brands including Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com. In her current role, she covers all the latest trends and updates in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as travel, financial wellness, and parenting. She has reported on the intricacies of product formulations, the diversification of the beauty industry, and and in-depth look on how to treat acne from the inside, out (after a decade-long struggle with the skin condition herself). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.