Make-Up to Fall in Love With: Autumn’s Hottest Beauty Trends
After a summer spent sporting barely-there make-up, it’s time to take a more polished, ‘proper’ approach that works in harmony with fashion’s powerful new trends. Those sharp-shouldered trophy jackets and ’80s cocktail dresses require effort on the beauty front. So, tools at the ready girls.
Lips make a statement for autumn, whether it’s classic, traffic-stopping red or deep and dark in purple and berry hues.
The key to the perfect pout? Taking time to apply, as this is not the time for dabbing on colour with a finger.
Lips with attitude require careful priming, so ensure they’re free from dry, flaky patches. A simple, but effective tip? Gently buff lips with damp wash cloth.
Nothing beats velvety-red lips for a shot of instant glamour, so if you loved the crimson lips on runway models at D&G, Lanvin and Elie Saab, ensure you go back to basics for a flawless application.
Dot and blend a little foundation over your lips to act as a base, then use a lip liner to create definition. Using a brush for precision, apply your colour, blot with a tissue, and paint on an extra coat for staying power.
Don’t feel brave to attempt such a strong look? Try a sheer colour instead, like YSL’s Gloss Volupte in Frozen Cherry, £19.
The Cheek of It
With ’80s fashion riding high in the style charts, it’s only natural that make-up trends follow suit.
And if here’s one look that defines the era, it’s super-sculpted cheeks.
Think glamazon supermodel, with bronze, caramel and beige conturing to create those classic chiselled cheekbones.
Sweet, girlie blush is a key trend too, and there’s nothing like a swirl of pink on the apples of the cheeks to impart a pretty, youthful glow, like you’ve just come in from the cold.Giddy Pink, by Bare Escentuals, does the trick nicely, and as it’s a mineral formula, it stays put all day.
The Eyes Have It
Nothing beats a smoky, smouldering eye for drama, but don’t be confined by browns and blacks.
This season, shimmering grey is a major trend, which is often more flattering than inky, jet-black rings.
Remember the key rule though – if you’re going for a heavy eye, keep lips nude for a sultry look. Anything more is overload.
“Simply apply the darkest shade all over the lid and socket area, then blend it in,” advises celebrity make-up artist, Lisa Eldridge, No7’s creative director.
“Apply the same shade underneath the eye using an eyeliner brush, creating a soft cloud of colour all around the eye. For added depth and definition, add the darkest matt shade onto the lid near the lashes, building it up towards the outer corner – then add a touch more in the outer corner of the lower lashes too. To finish, add a touch of the highlighter shade under the brow and in the inner corner to add a spark.”
Who wouldn’t love strong, defined brows like Eva Mendes, Penelope Cruz or star-in-the-making, Lourdes Ciccone?
Turn to the professionals to tame your brows, like the experts at Estee Lauder’s brow bars, available across the country. Then keep them under control with the Eyebrow Pro Palette, Clarins.
This pocket-sized kit has three shades of powder in black, brown and blonde to give brows a boost, as well as a transparent grooming wax and peachy highlighter. Tools include brow brush and mini tweezers.
On the Lash
We’re all after long, luscious fluttery, flirty lashes, a la Cheryl Cole, whether they’re real or fake.
Enhance natural lashes with High Impact Curling Mascara, from Clinique for a wide-eyed look which lasts the distance too, as it stays put for up to 24 hours.
Cult favourite, Diorshow Blackout Mascara, creates a bold, inky effect and Estee Lauder have just launched new Sumptuous Colour Mascara in jewel tones of Sapphire, Amethyst, Garnet, Amber and Emerald, £17.50.
If you love the Bambi-eyed effect, and mascara isn’t enough for you, fake it with falsies!
Glam, gorgeous and grown up – now go shake up your make up!