Beauty Confidential: You can be a catwalk beauty queen too!

You can be a catwalk beauty queen too!

Autumn is a great time to update your make-up and invest in some new colours. Here we examine the season’s four top trends, as seen on the fashion runway, and how to make them work for you.

Eyes shine bright: The metallic look on the Dior catwalk

Eyes shine bright: The metallic look on the Dior catwalk


Sheer ones, rather than the glittery type best left to teenagers — are a big story for eyes this autumn and any shade goes, from the palest platinum (as seen at Peter Pilotto) to deep bronze (as seen at Julien Macdonald and Dior). You can go for a flash of bronze at the corners of your eyes or, if you are feeling brave, try the strong metallic violet eyes also seen at Christian Dior.

TRY THE TREND: Make-up artist Pat McGrath experimented with molten silver lids at Prada to add a futuristic look to nude faces. For real life, gold is warmer and more flattering. Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Farenheit Fab, £14 ( is a molten champagne eye shadow that’s perfect for any complexion and any age and — since it’s crease-resistant — good for mature skins, too.

TOP TIP: Kay Montano, Creative Director of myface cosmetics, says it’s important to keep the look simple for a more naturally glowing finish. ‘Always use concealer first in the inner corner of the eye, then the outer edge using an upwards tick motion. This lifts the eyes and stops them appearing heavy when applying shadow.

Best budget buy: For a touch of luminescence try Bourjois In-tense Eyeshadow Extract in 01

Best budget buy: For a touch of luminescence try Bourjois In-tense Eyeshadow Extract in 01

Apply metallic shadow with your fingertips as the particles will lie flatter and become more light-reflective.’ Try myface cosmetics single blingtone eye shadows in morococo and newest addition sugar plum, £9.99 (Boots).

EASY TRICK: If you are nervous about application, try a tiny touch of metallic eyeliner, applied just above the rim of the eye. Estee Lauder Pure Colour Liquid Eyeliner in Silver Zinc, £19 ( is easy to apply with a felt-tip applicator and stays put for hours. It has a subtle yet glamorous sparkle.

BEST BUDGET BUY: For a touch of luminescence, Bourjois In-tense Eyeshadow Extract in 01, £6.99 (Boots) is a perfect, buttery shade that will suit darker skin tones.


THE LOOK: Blusher is back this season and is great for adding an instant healthy glow to post-summer skin. But rather than applying it to the apples of the cheeks, the new way to wear blusher is lower down, under the cheekbones as seen at the Marc Jacobs catwalk show (above). This is a look that requires a careful hand — the idea is to give shape to your face and accentuate cheekbones.

Peachy: Blush at Marc Jacobs

Peachy: Blush at Marc Jacobs

TRY THE TREND: Georgina Pelosi, a senior make-up artist with Bobbi Brown’s UK team, suggests using a blusher a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, applied just under the fullest part of the cheek to create a more sculpted appearance.

‘To find your best colour, look at the natural tones that appear in the cheek and lip,’ she advises. ‘Use a good-quality blusher brush to keep the application quick, easy and natural.’

TOP TIP: To accentuate the look, make-up guru Bobbi Brown applies blusher low on the cheekbones, with a touch of EXTRA Face Oil, £40 ( as a highlighter, for what she describes as her ‘five-minute party face’.

EASY TRICK: Find a product with a built-in sponge applicator, which makes applying gel blusher foolproof. If you are going to wear blusher lower on your cheeks, you need to use exactly the right amount of product. The American brand Hourglass has just arrived in the UK, and its hero product, the Aura Cheek Stain, £19 (Liberty) gives a natural glow with just enough colour and is available in three shades for different skin tones.

BEST BUDGET BUY: Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades Blushaliscious Blusher, £4.19 (Boots). With a choice of two palettes, these compacts contain four shades of blusher, so you can easily match them up to your skin tone. For best results, sweep a bronzer brush over the cubes of colour and apply just under your cheekbones.


Nothing transforms your make-up faster than lip colour and this season is all about the reddest of red lips — big, bold and full-bodied with very strong colours — as used by Pat McGrath at Gucci. A word of warning though — if you do go for the power lip, keep the rest of your make-up minimal.

TRY THE TREND: Caroline Barnes, Max Factor’s celebrity make-up artist, suggests using lip liner as a base, especially when wearing red. ‘This isn’t just to line the lip, if you smudge it all over the lips, it acts as a great canvas to apply your lipstick and makes it last longer,’ she explains.

‘When you’re slightly older, having a lip-liner base helps prevent feathering, which can look ageing, and, as an added benefit, when the lipstick starts to rub off, you’re not left with a skinny line around your mouth, but more of a stain of colour over the whole area.

From left: Aura Cheek Stain by  Hourglass, L’Oreal Paris’s new Studio Secrets Universal Lip Glow, Revlon Nail Enamel in Facets of Fuchsia

‘Take time in your application and use a lip brush to apply, but soften the line by sweeping your finger over it to create a more modern shape.’

EASY TRICK: How red should you go? If you can’t decide which lip colour to go for, try L’Oreal Paris’s new Studio Secrets Universal Lip Glow, £8.49 (Boots) which is a made-to-measure clear lip balm that adapts to the heat and moisture of your lips — giving your lips a natural and individual shade — then you have the option of wearing it on its own or as a primer before your favourite lipstick.

TOP TIP: Bold red lips don’t look good if your lips are dry and cracked.
For best results, Maybelline Creative Director Sharon Dowsett suggests prepping lips by buffing first with an exfoliator, such as Garnier Fresh Essentials Scrub, £4.07 (Boots and Superdrug) which will guarantee that the lip colour goes on to a smoother, flatter surface for a sharper look.

BEST BUDGET BUY: For a high fashion look, try Maybelline’s Forever Strong Midnight Red, £4.09 (Boots and Superdrug) which has an almost red/black tone.

The bling thing: Metallic nails at Alexander McQueen

The bling thing: Metallic nails at Alexander McQueen


THE LOOK: Shades of silver and gold are not only on eyes this autumn. Spotted on the catwalk at McQueen, metallic fingernails are everywhere this season. A less dramatic statement than metallic eye make-up, it’s the best way to try the trend and give your look an instant update.

TRY THE TREND: Avoid strong metallic colours and choose a more subtle gold or pearly shade, to see if you like the look. L’Oreal Paris’s new L’Or, L’Or, L’Or collection has a new Resist and Shine Titanium Polish in Molten Gold, £6.12 (Boots) which is subtle enough for daytime, and also brightens hands, giving them an instantly youthful look.

TOP TIP: Cassie Lomas, a celebrity make-up artist who works with Bourjois says: ‘Metallic nail polish needs to be applied perfectly as it draws attention to the nails. Study your cuticles and nail shapes before applying to avoid highlighting any imperfections. Avoid overloading the brush and apply in one or two thin coats.’

EASY TRICK: Apply a contrasting colour across the nail tip to give a modern twist to a Fifties look. Front Cover has a new set of seven new metallic polishes in Gold, Moonrock, Sloe Berry, PaleViolet Red, Cupric, Beetroot and Cadet Blue, £14 (Boots) which allows you to experiment.

BEST BUDGET BUY: Revlon Nail Enamel in Facets of Fuchsia, £6.29 (Boots) which is a fabulous chunky, magenta glitter in a sheer purple base. Wear it on its own or over black, for full dramatic effect.


The UK’s top magazine beauty editors will be out in force at the counters in Selfridges, London on Thursday, September 29, to help Look Good . . . Feel Better, the beauty industry’s charity for women with cancer.

If you would like personalised beauty advice, a mini-make-over and a fabulous gift, call 0800 138 8140 to book a 20-minute appointment. Tickets cost £20 with all proceeds donated to the charity.

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