This year’s shows have seen berry hues take a back seat – not something that we’re used to for an Autumn/Winter season but the looks have been equally as beautiful and a little less cliché. If you’re a lipstick lover then this is perhaps not the year for you… eyes have taken the limelight this year with liquid latex applied to the lids at Dior, and extra long lashes donned at Rochas and Gucci. Despite some questionable looks gracing the catwalk the natural look still rings true as a sure favourite, either with a healthy, sporty, post-gym vibe with natural tousled wavy hair, or a strong, sculpted and defined bare-faced look. With regards to hair, think undone ballerina buns, plaits and gentle waves. Surely I’m not the only one that’s happy to see the slicked back, wet look trend disappear?
Delicate Beauty – Ballerina-chic was seen sported at Prada, Erdem and Diane von Furstenberg with undone wispy ballerina buns and lilac toned lids. Add in a touch of sheen to the lids and you’ll be sporting the same look at the girls on the catwalk – perhaps a more wearable option is to dust a nude, lilac or taupe shade all over the lids and pull your hair back into an undone chignon.
High Definition – Dust of your highlighters girls and boys because faces all over the catwalk have been sporting an ethereal glow for Autumn/Winter trends… Givenchy and Marc Jacobs’s girls were sculpted within an inch of their lives, proving to us that definition is a key trend that’s dominating the up-and-coming months. Pair with a taupe eyeshadow and you’re on to a winner with a flawless take on the neutral make-up trend. Contouring and highlighting all of the face’s natural definition was prominent on the catwalk – it’s a bonus that it’s an easy trend to translate to everyday wear. Products to reach for: Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, Kevyn Aucoin Highlighter in Candlelight and L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe.
Sports Luxe – Think a very masculine take on pared-back beauty – a look that’s never likely to disappear from the catwalk. This is an ideal look to perfect at home with healthy glowing skin, neat brows and minimal-effort hair. Sounds like a student’s dream… Designers like Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham opted for this post-gym look that I’m sure will be seen replicated through most brands at some point this season.
Lashings of Lashes – Super long false lashes were sported by the girls walking for Versace, Rochas and Gucci, giving them a doll-like appearance whereas Prada and Topshop Unique opted for a clumpy, clogged mascara application to give a grungey feel to an otherwise pretty makeup look. Considering this year seems to be all about the eyes, most Paris shows opted for a mascara free look, giving the whole thing a sense of ‘undone’ beauty.
Plaits – Or should I say cornrows? Alexander McQueen and DKNY girls has their hair manipulated into cornrows to channel the urban grunge vibe – not something I think we’ll see people on the street sporting, but plaits were used more delicately elsewhere, with plaited pigtails at Marc by Marc Jacobs, braided buns at Dolce & Gabanna and woven ponytails at Fendi – a great way to amp-up your day to day look with minimal input needed throughout the day. Think, low maintenance glamour.
Colour – When you say Autumn/Winter you think muted down tones and berry hues, but not this year. Take inspiration from Chanel, Christian Dior and Burberry and you’ll be rocking a flash of colour on the lids all season, from electric blue graphic liner at Kenzo to purple flashes at Burberry, this is not the season to be afraid of colour on the lids. Want a wearable option – then go for a coloured liner to create a classic feline flick, opt for jewelled greens and purples and you’re on to a winner.