As beauty editors and enthusiasts, we'll never tell you that you need an excuse to try new products or overhaul your beauty routine. But if you were looking for an excuse, we've got a good one: the CVS Epic Beauty Event. With new weekly deals and truly epic prices on all the best drugstore makeup, skincare, and haircare products, it's the ideal opportunity to stock up on all your usual staples and explore new ones. Plus, with the event perfectly timed with the arrival of Fall, it's a chance to experiment with a new seasonal beauty look, too. That's two excuses!
Personally, we're using the event as our own beauty playground for creating Fall-forward looks. From a sleek going-out vibe to a dewy weekend face, we've got plenty of inspiration ahead for your own beauty haul.
No matter the season, Associate Director Amanda has one requirement for all her beauty looks: they need to be easy and effortless. As a working mom, she doesn't have a lot of time to dedicate to getting ready on weekday mornings but still needs to look her best for meetings with clients and brands. This Fall, she's all about achieving a glowing, bronzed look using products she snagged from the event. "Who says you can only be sun-kissed in the Summer? I love nothing more than a warm, all-over glow when the temps drop. Plus, this look takes 10 minutes, if that!" she said.
First, she starts with the peel-off face mask. "This one is formulated with AHAs, soy, and a kiwi complex to revive my sleep-deprived, dull skin on days I want to look a bit more put together," she shared. Then, she'll apply a conditioning lash serum for a natural, bright-eyed look. "My lashes look longer and thicker with this serum — I can forgo the mascara altogether!" From there, she'll add a sheer layer of foundation before dusting bronzer around the perimeter of her face, along the bridge of her nose, along the contours of her cheeks, and into the crease of her lids to create depth around her eyes. All that's left to finish her look is a spritz of glossing spray for soft, shiny hair, a swipe of neutral lipstick, and a moody shade of nail polish.
"The overall effect makes me look polished, awake, and ready to take on the day — exactly what I want when I'm heading into the office."
As a beauty editor, Stephanie knows the important role healthy skin plays in a beauty look. It's this skin-first approach that she's excited to take for Fall with the help of some skincare products she picked up from CVS. "I've reached a point in my life where I prefer my skin without makeup on, rather than with it. When I'm not wearing a full face for work or events, I love showing off the skin I've worked hard to achieve," she said.
To do that, she starts the night before by using a glycolic exfoliating pad to tone and brighten overnight. "Using these pads is like getting a facial while you sleep," she shared. "I wake up with smoother, brighter skin — all the better to highlight in my look!" In the morning, she'll then apply a rose water serum for a hydrating glow and to prime her skin for (minimal) makeup. "For a natural weekend look, I'll actually only use a bit of Squalene-infused primer as my base to create a poreless effect." All that's left for her to do is fill in her brows using a brow pencil and add a few coats of mascara.
When it comes to her hair, Stephanie noted that her goal is "hair that's as moisturized and glowing as my skin!" This shampoo and conditioner combo includes oat milk and rice cream to help maintain her strands' softness and shine through Fall. Take her lead and throw your hair up in an updo to really let your face shine!
Associate Beauty Editor Carrie never shies away from doing the most with beauty, especially when it comes to creating an evening look. "For me, a going-out look is either one of two things: fun and colorful or sleek and the tiniest bit sultry," she said. "This Fall, I'm choosing the latter, and I love how it feels totally wearable, but a little more fancy — like a more amped-up version of my daily look."
To start, she'll tone her skin with micellar water before patting on a serum. From there, it's all about the eyes. "Using this palette, I combined the matte taupe, cranberry, and a little bit of the darkest shade on my lids, building up color towards my top lash line to give my eyes some definition. Then I added magnetic lash accents to the outer corners." To keep the look focused on her eyes, she balanced it out with a neutral color on the lips, which she achieved with a lip pencil.
"I love that this look can easily work for a variety of events or pair with any outfit seamlessly."