30 Fall Beauty Essentials to Add to Your Cart

Essentiels de beauté pour l’automne

As the temperature begins to drop and harsher weather rolls in, autumn is a good time to switch up some key items in your routine—think fall beauty essentials like hydrating cleansers, dramatic lipsticks and pretty nail polishes. You don’t have to break your budget or shop for hours to get into fall beauty trends. With these affordable picks, it’s easy to update your makeup bag and show your skin some extra TLC.

In this guide
1. Conditioning hair treatments
$ 5.96

Pantene Miracle Intense Rescue Shots Dry Hair Treatment

If you have dry hair, use one of these little golden tubes once or twice a week to give your locks a mega boost of hydration. The formula helps repair damage, including split ends, so that your hair feels stronger and looks shinier.

$ 11.97

Cake The Whip Smart So Many Ways Hair Mask

This multitasking treatment can be used in four different ways: on dry hair before shampoo, in the shower as a conditioner, as a leave-in conditioner or as an overnight treatment. It hydrates while promoting elasticity. And it smells like cake frosting!

$ 10.96

L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise 8-Second Wonder Water Lamellar Rinse-Out Treatment

Use this liquid formula in the shower to give your ’do a mega boost of lightweight shine. Made with amino acids and moisturizers, it targets and helps repair damaged hair in just eight seconds. Users typically notice results after just one use.

2. Moisturizing face cleansers
$ 16.97

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Protect your skin’s natural barrier with this cleanser that’s recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association. The hydrating, fragrance-free formula with three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid works to gently remove dirt and oil. It’s safe for sensitive skin, too.

$ 14.27

Neutrogena Skin Balancing Milky Cleanser

This soothing, hypoallergenic cleanser (made without soap, alcohol and dyes) has a milky texture that moisturizes as it takes on dirt and impurities. With two percent polyhydroxy acid, it also gently exfoliates skin for a softer, smoother complexion.

$ 9.97

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skincare Hydrating Face Cleanser

Wash off your makeup with a cream cleanser that was developed for all skin types. Thanks to its gentle formula, which contains cactus water and meadowfoam seed oil, this CoverGirl formula leaves skin feeling refreshed—not tight or dry.

3. Super hydrating moisturizers
$ 13.97

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion

Cetaphil is a go-to brand for sensitive skin types. This lightweight formula contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin to hydrate skin, along with urea to soothe. It’s also oil-free and won’t clog pores, so it’s a great option for those with oily skin.

$ 27.97

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30

Wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day is key when it comes to preventing skin cancer, as well as visible signs of aging such as wrinkles. This moisturizer also helps improve skin firmness in just one week.

(For more info on SPF, check out these nine questions you should consider before buying sunscreen.)

$ 39.98

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Max Night Face Moisturizer

This fragrance-free nighttime moisturizer is formulated with retinol to visibly even out skin tone and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Apply it after cleansing and before you hit the sheets. It absorbs fast, so it won’t leave residue on your face (or pillow).

4. Soothing primers and setting sprays
$ 10.97

E.l.f. Cosmetics Luminous Putty Primer

A hydrating primer is key when it comes to pulling off fall makeup looks that last all day. This one from E.l.f. Cosmetics works for all skin types, contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and collagen and has a velvety texture that smooths over imperfections fast.

$ 7.47

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Rose 3-in-1 Primer Water

Give your complexion a dewy glow in an instant with this super lightweight primer water that works to hydrate skin while brightening and smoothing. It can also be used to set makeup after application or as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day.

$ 8.96

Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Setting Powder

Finishing your makeup routine with a setting powder is a great idea for anyone looking to control shine throughout the day. This mineral-based one, which comes in eight shades, provides a smooth finish with just a hint of colour.

5. Glowy foundations and concealers
$ 11.96

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer Treatment

If the back-to-school rush leaves dark circles under your eyes, reach for this concealer. Formulated with hydrating goji berry, it covers up those telltale circles, as well as age spots and fine lines. The applicator makes it a cinch to apply, too.

$ 18.96

L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect 4-in-1 Tinted Balm

Infused with a firming serum, this tinted balm is ideal for anyone looking for anti-aging skin care and makeup. It works overtime to firm, smooth, conceal and even skin tone. The balm melts into skin fast and comes in eight blendable shades.

$ 8.48

E.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation

This oil-free foundation that leaves a satiny, semi-matte finish is E.l.f.’s bestselling foundation for a good reason! The super lightweight and easy-to-blend formula brightens and evens out skin tone. Plus, it’s available in 19 shades.

6. Glam eyeshadows and eyeliners
$ 16.97

E.l.f. Cosmetics The New Classics Eyeshadow Palette

Achieve any nude fall eyeshadow look with a handy neutral palette. This one has perfect-for-fall shades in matte, satin and shimmer finishes that are super pigmented and easy to blend, whether you’re going for a soft, natural look or full-on glam.

$ 9.98

Rimmel London Wonder'Cloud Eyeshadow in Honey Drop

This cream eyeshadow lasts all day and won’t crease. Its whipped texture is easy to blend with just your fingertips and the pigment is buildable, so you can control the intensity of your look. It comes in four other shades, too.

$ 11.96

Maybelline Tattoo Studio Smokey Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Smokey Brown

When it comes to fall makeup looks, the smokey eye is a classic. This matte powder-in-gel eyeliner is perfect for getting on the trend, since it’s super easy to apply (thanks to its precision tip) and blend. Plus, it won’t smudge.

7. Volumizing mascaras
$ 9.97

CoverGirl Lash Blast Clean Mascara

If you’re looking for a clean, vegan formula, this CoverGirl mascara fits the bill. Infused with argan and marula oils, it conditions lashes while creating 10 times the volume of bare lashes. It’s also available in a waterproof formula.

$ 7.98

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

This mascara comes with a super dense brush to deliver maximum volume for look-at-me lashes in just a couple of coats. Bonus: It lasts for up to 24 hours, but is easy to remove with warm water.

$ 12.96

Maybelline New York Volum'Express Colossal Curl Bounce

Give your lashes a boost of volume while adding a dramatic curl effect with this mascara that lasts all day. The brush works to separate and curl lashes while the formula delivers a look that won’t smudge or flake.

8. Bold lipsticks
$ 8.96

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Brownie Drip

Lip gloss is trending again and this non-sticky, sweet-smelling formula is an ideal option for fall. The rich shade of brown is suitable for most skin tones and provides sheer to medium coverage. Wear it on its own or over lipstick.

$ 11.96

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Ultimatte Neo Neutrals Slim Lipstick in More Coffee

Formulated with texture-blurring gel and impactful pigments, this matte lipstick delivers a dose of warm colour that glides on and lasts all day without drying out lips. This lightweight lippy is also available in nine other fall-perfect shades.

$ 13.96

L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydrating Core Lipstick in Plum Wine

Dry lips, rejoice! This berry-toned lipstick features a nourishing serum core that’s infused with pro-vitamin B5 for up to nine hours of hydration. Plus, the formula’s satin finish won’t feather and it comes in nine other flattering colours.

9. Body lotions for dry skin
$ 13.97

Burt’s Bees Body Lotion

Struggling with dry skin? Made with soothing milk and honey, this lotion also contains coconut and grape seed oils, plus vitamin E to moisturize and soften. It smells lovely, absorbs fast and promises to hydrate for up to 24 hours.

$ 20.47

Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Body Lotion

Soothe dry skin and relieve stress at the same time with this lavender-scented lotion. Formulated with natural oatmeal and essential oils, it provides a major dose of hydration for 24 hours. Use it before bed to help you drift off to dreamland.

$ 23.97

Eucerin Complete Repair Daily Moisturizing Cream

Dry, flaky skin can really cause discomfort during the colder months. This fragrance-free cream is made with moisturizing urea and ceramides to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier while locking in hydration for 48 hours. In other words: Sweet relief!

10. Nail care
$ 8.97

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail + Cuticle Serum

Before you attempt to perfect any trendy fall nail designs, it’s important to make sure your cuticles are in good shape. This serum, which contains strengthening peptides and biotin, hydrates and refreshes nails and cuticles. Use it before (and in between) at-home manicures.

$ 10.96

Essie Expressie Nail Polish in Bolt and Be Bold

When it comes to fall colour nails, a burnt orange is super on trend. This Essie formula is easy to apply (thanks to the angled brush) and it dries in about a minute, so you don’t have to spend an hour on your mani.

$ 12.46

OPI Top Coat

A top coat is key to protecting your cute fall nails. This one, from trusted brand OPI, seals and protects colour while adding a high-gloss shine that won’t yellow over time. Use it as the final step in your manicure to make it last.

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Lora is a freelance writer and editor who's written for Chatelaine, Best Health, Flare, Fashion, The Kit, House & Home and many other Canadian lifestyle magazines and websites. She lives in London, Ont. with her little rescue dog Bigsby and when she's not napping with him, she's trying on the latest red lipstick.

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