I think the autumn/winter fashion season is always the most influential, exciting and directional – and I do think the London shows (and therefore the UK) lead and the rest of the world follows our fashion and beauty trends! Here are my picks and tips for this season’s make-up:
• One of my favourite looks is glossy and metallic smoky eyes, with a focus on dark greys, plum, rust, silver, bronze and gold. Make-up artists were often seen using lip gloss on top of eyeshadow, which in real life will often crease quickly. Stick instead to modern, glossy light-reflective cream eyeshadows which give you the look but with all-day and night staying power – and they’re a doddle to apply with fingers or a brush. Try Maybelline’s Color Tattoos (£4.99), Bobbi Brown’s metallic cream shadow pots (£18.50) and Laura Mercier Caviar sticks (£20.50). I regularly use them all and promise they won’t crack or crease all day and night, although I suggest using an eye primer if you have oily lids
• Pretty, rosebud petal-stained lips were popular at the shows and that’s great news as this is a look that will suit most hair, eye and skin colours. I love Chantecaille’s Lip Chic sheer lipsticks in Bourbon Rose and Tea Rose (£30), Lipstick Queen in Jean Queen (also available in a gloss) (£18), Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry (£17) and No7 BB Lips in Belle Pink (£8.50) for this. Pair with a taupe/netural eyeshadow and a pretty rose blush to complement
• Wine lips – they’re still a feature this year, but this time around they had a matte stain texture and a blurred line around the edge, which keeps it easy-to-maintain and less scary to pull off. I think this look is an exaggeration for the catwalk, of the easy, no fuss and modern way of applying make-up including lipstick. There’s so much to be said for not bothering with a lip liner to create that perfectly sharp line around the lips, being more carefree and less ‘perfect’. To carry this stained look off, moisturise lips well, blot and try a new breed of lipsticks like NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£17.50) (my absolute favourite shade is Cruella), Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour (£19) and Maybelline’s SuperStay 14hr (£6.99), which all make application really easy, wear off evenly and still feel comfortable to wear. I advise steering away from the liquid lip tints colours (which often have a felt-tip-like nib). These dry lips terribly and wear off in patches – not attractive!
• Matte satin skin – I hear that make-up artists spent five times as long working on the skin as they did applying colour make-up at Isabel Marant, and the matte satin skin trend was also seen at Victoria Beckham, Balmain, Chloe and Stella McCartney. I was really pleased to hear this as great-looking skin is an obsession of mine! Use an illuminating, light to medium coverage foundation like NARS Sheer Glow (£30.50), YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat (£28) or Bourjois Healthy Mix (£9.99) to make sure you give a lightness to the face and then powder the t-zone after you finish. Together with a healthy flush from bronzer and/ or blusher, this is great for work or a wedding
• ‘Plain jane’ nails – thankfully (in my view!) we’re moving away from fancy nail art back to block colours, and block colours with contrasting coloured tips, which I think still looks sophisticated but adds a touch of interest
• Ladylike 40s – achieve this look by applying light browns and taupes on the eyes, an apricot blusher and a dark blue-red on the lips for a wearable take on the ‘natural 40s’. It’s simple and quick to achieve and will enhance everyone’s natural features, as well as suit almost every outfit you own!
• Bottom only, smudgy eyes are such a tricky trend to pull off in real life! For the most part I’d say avoid it unless you have very big eyes or normally go for a grungy look. If you’re used to wearing liner below the lower lashes only, this can actually drag your eye down, make you look tired and will draw attention to dark circles if you have them. Instead try applying it along the upper lashline and below the eye, starting from the outer corner and finishing in the middle of your eye - softening the edges with a cotton wool bud. Use a good inky-black mascara and see what a difference it makes.
I hope you enjoy experimenting!