A/W Beauty Trend Report

With the weather misbehaving of late and winter collections already making their ways into stores, we thought it was time we reported on the Autumn/Winter beauty trends. Like every season, we delighted in the abundance of looks on offer but take a look below for our top three trends to try.

Diane Von Furstenburg’s fall collection, ‘Rendezvous’, was a lesson in glamour and seduction, with make-up to match. Diane’s powerful woman relied on sculpted cheekbones shaped by make-up artist James Kaliardos with MAC’s Pro Sculpting Cream in Pure Sculpture. Eyes received an air of mystery with a pale smoky eye in MAC’s Linger Softly- with an innovative dab of gloss on top for a slightly grunge edge. Contoured cheeks appeared again at Rodarte, once again courtesy of James Kaliardos, who this time was motivated by the ‘disastrous skin’ he sees lately. After a thorough cleansing routine, models were perfected with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation before being transformed into the designers’ vision of girls caught in a sandstorm. NARS’ cult bronzer Laguna dusted lids as well as cheekbones, accompanied by  blusher and highlighter for a tan more Faye Dunaway than ghetto chick.

A more bare-faced complexion appeared at Donna Karan and Dries Van Noten, where the focus was turned to the eyes in shades of orange and red- a trend also seen at Philip Lim and Prada. At Donna Karan, Charlotte Tilbury was inspired to twist the much-loved red lip trend into a surprisingly flattering red eye. MAC lipsticks in Diva and Partyline gave the eyes a dewy finish, while eyeshadows took to the eyebrows for a statement brow. Meanwhile, Dries Van Noten’s remarkable Asian-inspired show saw eyes of tangering, courtesy of make-up artist Peter Philips. Chanel’s Tigerlily eyeshadow was applied up to the eyebrow for a statement graphic effect, with the look played down by a natural  lip, bare skin and nonchalant ponytail.

Nocturnal romance was the mood at Gucci, with the Pre-Raphaelite  inspiration taking hold of the voluminous wavy hair. The real trend here though was the statement cherry-stained lip created by the wonderful Pat McGrath. A dark bordeaux framed the mouth, fading into a cherry red and covered in luscious gloss. At Rochas, Lucia Pieroni offered a more matte finish using Clé de Peau’s Extra Rich Lipstick in #R10- a rich mulberry shade, finished with translucent powder. Whether you choose the glamorous glossy lip or the smudged matte pout, its sure to be an autumnal trend to follow.

Words by Amy Lynam


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