I'm a Beauty Editor—6 Smart Product Swaps I'm Making for Autumn

Yes, we might be in the middle of an unexpected heatwave, but that doesn't change the fact that autumn is approaching, and I'm not ashamed to say that it's probably my favourite season of the whole year. In fact, there's literally nothing I love more than getting all bundled up in my favourite jumper and going for a walk in the cold, crisp air (with a pumpkin spice latte in hand, of course). 

At the start of September I always make sure to put aside some time to switch out my summer dresses and sandals for the new season's trendiest jackets and boots. However, another little step I like to do is to switch up my beauty routine. Whenever I tell my friends and family that I'm changing over my skincare, makeup and haircare for autumn, they always find it a bit puzzling, but there are certain changes that we can all make to our beauty routines to help transition into the colder months. 

From swapping out lightweight skin tints for my favourite foundations, to prepping my hair for the onslaught of central heating and drizzly weather with lots of nourishing masks, and even switching my gel cleansers to more hydrating balms to stop my skin from getting dry, there are lots of small things I do to make sure that I enter the new season feeling my very best. 

Keep on scrolling to discover the exact product swaps that I'll be making this autumn, and shop the best autumn beauty products while you're here.

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1. Gel Cleanser for Balm Cleanser

I tend to use more lightweight gel cleansers in the summer months, as my skin doesn't get as dry. However, as soon as there's a drop in temperature, the flaky patches start to show and I know it's time to switch things up. I absolutely love using hydrating balm cleansers in the autumn and winter months, as not only do they remove all traces of makeup, but they leave my skin feeling super soft.

2. Fresh Perfume for Warm Perfume

Don't get me wrong, I love nothing more than a fresh, floral perfume on a hot summer's day, but come autumn, I want to be wrapped up in a warm, cosy hug with notes of vanilla, amber and musk lingering on my skin. Throw in some woody, earthy hints and I'm fully sold. 

3. Conditioner for Hair Mask

My hair is very dry, so I always make sure to use a lot of conditioner. However, in autumn I tend to swap this out in place of an extra-nourishing hair mask. I only wash my hair once or twice a week, so this works perfectly for me, but if you like to wash your hair every day, then maybe incorporate a mask into your routine around once a week instead.

4. Skin Tint for Foundation

I can't face wearing a full-coverage foundation in summer, so I always reach for a skin tint or a tinted moisturiser instead. That being said, I do really like wearing a slightly heavier base, and as soon as it's cool enough to do so, I opt for a foundation instead.

5. Nude Nails for Dark Nails

I'm a little bit boring with my nail colours in summer, and always opt for nude or white polishes that don't require much upkeep. This autumn, I want to start caring for my nails a little more, and I'm obsessed with richer, deeper nail polishes such as burgundy and black shades. 

6. Retinol for More Retinol

I'm always a bit more weary of using too much retinol in the warmer months as my skin is more exposed to the sun. However, come winter I always look forward to incorporating it more into my routine to get that much-needed glow.

Next Up: Candles Are My Weakness, and These Are the Ones I'm Buying for Autumn

Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 


As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.