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Light and Shadow: The Best Beauty Picks for Fall and Winter

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Winter is a great excuse to invest in new beauty products — darker makeup, more moisturizing oils, and spicier fragrances. Each product below combines gorgeous packaging with rich colors and more winter-friendly formulas; they're the antithesis of bright, sunny summer options.

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This is Azzadine AlaÏa's impressive debut fragrance. The inspiration behind the scent is idyllic and romantic: a childhood memory of throwing cold water on sun-scorched walls in Tunisia, where he lived until he moved to Paris as a teenager. The patterned black glass bottle houses a spicy, musky scent made light by peony, pink pepper, and rose.

Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum, $115 – $150

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NARS products have devoted followings for good reason — they really work. The brand's line of dual-intensity products, ranging from eyeshadow to these blushes, is no exception. Each features two shades that can be used dry or wet for saturated and multidimensional looks, as the name suggests. The colors compliment each other and can be worn alone or together.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Adoration and Frenzy, $45

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Satin is the easiest-wearing lipstick finish — it's not sticky like gloss and not drying like matte. This Guerlain option glides on luxuriously thanks to mango butter and hyaluronic acid. The brand offers a wide range of colors, and these three shades are perfect for colder months. The packaging, a beautiful black-and-gold tube, feels very much like something a ‘50s Hollywood starlet would stock on her vanity.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Red Hot, Cherry Pink, and Forever Brown, $37

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Givenchy's Noir Couture does what it claims, creating thick, dark lashes without clumping or flaking. One coat will give you your-lashes-but-better, the effect of a few coats is almost as good as extensions.

Pair it with Physicians Formula's neutral eyeliners, which are appropriate for day and night. The pointed shape helps with cat-eye precision; the creamy formula is easy to blend and smudge for those just-rolled-out-of-bed looks.

Givenchy Noir Couture Volume, $33. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio in Nude, $7

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Inspired by Paris and designed by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, this 16-shade palette is useful for a variety of looks. Achieve something more minimal for daytime or go smoky for night: Lancôme's website has tutorials for each.

Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris, $68

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Just because summer's over doesn't mean you have to give up your healthy glow. This exclusive-to-Sephora bronzer is a warm copper with pink and gold shimmer, and is suitable for all skin tones. The silky texture glides easily onto skin and is formulated with jojoba oil to moisturize and soften.

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronzer, $40

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The harsh winter air can (and will) do a number on skin. Take precautions now by loading up on hydrating and revitalizing products. The Body Shop's new Oils of Life line contains three different types of oil to pamper skin and make it look its best: black cumin seed oil, known for its antioxidants; camellia seed oil, which contains a high concentration of oleic acid; and rose hip seed oil, which helps with skin repair thanks to Omega-3 and -6.

The Body Shop Oil of Life Skin Care: Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion, $22; Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil, $39; Intensely Revitalizing Cream, $34


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