Gear up for autumn with the most wearable makeup trends of 2015, including an easy, subtle smoky eye and a pretty berry lip.
If you’re looking to shake up the summer’s no makeup makeup trend, look no further than the autumn catwalks where beauty took a turn for the slightly more dramatic. The new season invites your boldest lipsticks and the easiest smoky eye to take centre age, all worn in the most wearable and flattering of ways.
Best of all, the new looks are so versatile that we’re able to wear them now, so why not get ahead with our guide to what’s hot in the coming months? A resurgence of pin-straight hair will please anyone with locks that don’t boast a natural curl, and next season’s nail is so tempting, we’re already booking in a manicure.
Also not to be missed is a daub of peach on cheeks, which will flatter both sun-kissed skin right now, and sallow complexions as the weather takes a turn.
Pops of Peach
When we think of winter makeup, peach isn’t the first colour that comes to mind – yet cheeks and eyes were resplendent in the sunny hue on catwalks. No longer a summer stalwart, we’re embracing the look at Dsquared2 and Emilio Pucci, and using the shade to yank sun-parched skin back to its glowing best.
Use a feathered fan brush to lightly dust an apricot powder blush along your cheekbones or, if your skin is dry, plump for a cream. The latter will love Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in No22, a shine-free peach that you can swipe on and blend with fingers.
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Forget finicky makeup looks that require hours of precise blending. Autumn’s subtle smoke begs for a smidgen of liner and a swift, fuss-free technique.
Make like the Burberry woman and smudge the Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Charcoal across the lids, starting at the lash line and extending to the socket. Follow with two coats of a lengthening mascara and nudge a black kohl between the lashes, putting the focus on soft definition over painterly, too-perfect lines.
Though we love a head of tumbling curls, those of us who don’t boast a natural wave will be pleased to know that pin-straight hair is big beauty news for autumn. The key is knocking out frizz and kinks with a combination of static-fighting styling products and – should you need it – a fast-acting straightening iron.
ghd has launched the Platinum Styler just in time, harnessing heat technology that reduces hair breakage and bumps up shine. Use it to replicate the silky, swishy lengths we saw at Blumarine, and add a matte barette for a Rochas-style update.
Expect to see plenty of purple polish rolling out in the coming months, after models at Oscar de la Renta sported a glossy grape hue on fingertips.
The autumn season will champion rich, jewel shades after a deep wine polish was seen at Derek Lam, and an emerald green laced the short, neat nails at Nicole Miller’s show.
Its blue tones are able to brighten skin and make your teeth look whiter. What more reason do you need to wear autumn’s berry lip right now? At Carolina Herrera, it appeared as a vibrant imprint of matte raspberry, created using Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Oh Lady.
That particular shade doesn’t hit counters until autumn, but Mac Lipstick in Rebel is a very good dupe that you can blot on lips for an end-of-summer-appropriate plum stain.
If berry isn’t for you, red lips were executed beautifully at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dolce & Gabbana and Shrimps. Shades ranged from orange-toned scarlets to unapologetic burgundies, each applied in vibrant swathes against a pared-down eye and cheek.
Because reds ran the full gamut on the AW15 catwalk, it’s easy to jump ahead and start wearing the trend on your summer holiday. Opt for a red that veers on the coral side while enjoying those last rays of sun, and make the transition to a cool, blue-toned crimson as the leaves turn brown.
An influx of handsome brows, long, elegant lashes and cashmere skin that was buffed to perfection paraded the catwalk, making good grooming high priority. Eschewing abstract liner streaks and garish eyeshadows, the polished beauty at Donna Karan is ushering in a subtler look that suits everyone.
The cornerstone of this look is a smooth foundation that matches your skin type, which is where our edits of the best bases will lend a helping hand. We’ve rounded up foundations that work on dry skin, oily skin and combination skin, as well as a bevy of expert tips on flawless application.