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Autumn’s hottest make-up looks

Turn over a new leaf this season by choosing the make-up trend that suits your skintone best, says Lisa Haynes

You don't have to suffer from seasonal affective disorder to feel glum about saying goodbye to summer. But luckily, your make-up bag has all the answers to put a spring back in your step.

This season's beauty is all about empowering, strong but simple looks that will make you feel like a winter wonder. There are no scary colours or girly finishes; these trends are all woman, with a slight nod to androgyny.

“Colour is always used less when we move forward into autumn/winter, but catwalks were alive with unique takes on classic looks, like the smokey eye with a twist,” says Kakuyasu Uchiide, Shu Uemura international artistic director.

It's all about honing techniques to create a fresh seasonal look, so there's no need to invest in a whole new wardrobe of beauty |products.

From deep berry to bold winged eyes, winterise your look with these top trends.


Put your fuchsia pink on hold and cull the coral, this winter is all about powerful berry lips.

Clinique's The New Black collection has been inspired by their iconic Black Honey berry gloss shade that's become a cult favourite.

For lips that scream sensuality, this vampish shade packs a powerful punch. And the darker the lip, the bigger the impact.

A flawless face is key to carrying off this look so your mouth is the main attraction.

Uchiide advises: “When focusing on a strong statement feature, the rest of the make-up should be kept toned down and fairly natural. This will help to not distract from the main focal point of the look.”


After a few seasons where the ‘no mascara look' reigned, flutter fans will be pleased to learn big lashes are back in fashion, thanks to the catwalk's Sixties revival.

Think retro doe eyes and powdered lips.

“The free Sixties spirit is key,” says Val Garland, make-up artist for MAC.

“Mascara is every girl's mistress. Not using liner is what keeps this look really modern.”

Icons of the era are inspirations but the final look has a modern 2011 twist.

MAC's Diane Kendal agrees: “It's about using mascara in a way that nods to the Sixties without being too literal about it.”


Mannish trends have made their mark in planet fashion and the boyish charm has extended to faces too.

But despite the male reference, this look still requires some major make-up preening and skin pampering to work the androgynous vibe. Opt for a minimal beauty style of perfectly fresh skin, sculpted cheekbones, strong brows and natural lips.

Bobbi Brown says: “Brows are the main focus of the look, filled in and brushed up to frame the face.”

The play on masculine-feminine can go tougher too, if you want to flex your beauty muscles with one standout statement, such as severe graphic eyeshadow or a strong but pale matte lip.


Winter fashion trends have broken the matchy-matchy rules in favour of a mix and match aesthetic, and make-up has followed suit.

The texture trend is all about playing contrasting finishes off one another, so a matte eyelid against glossy skin, or a glossed eyelid with a matte lip.

The easiest way to go clash crazy is choose textures that flatter your features, according to MAC senior artist Caroline Donnelly: If you have small lids, gloss isn't really going to work for you; it may feel uncomfortable or you might not even see it.

“In this case, a glossy cheekbone, or even glossed brows would be a more effective way to go. If, however, you have big eyelids, a glossed lid looks fabulous and is easy to achieve.”


S-wing out sister. Yet another reference to the Sixties — but with a rock chick edge — this look is about creating the winged eye.

Edgy and dramatic but still a make-up classic, this feline shape is based on graphic lines that reach towards the end of your natural brow line.

All you need is an eyeliner, a very steady hand and you can go as wild as you dare with the extended wing — skinny, thick, clipped or uber-extended.

“A gel and kohl pencil liner will deliver strong colour intensity,” suggests Ernesto, Chantecaille international make-up artist. “Draw a thick line along the base of the top lashes, dramatically extending out towards the temples.”

At a beauty counter near you

  • Get skin like a supermodel. To celebrate the start of Fashion Week season, Elemis are launching a limited edition Catwalk Collection. The five handbag-sized skin saviour products are available throughout September for £30.79 at
  • Celebrate the onset of autumn with House of Fraser's Beauty Confidential Event.

Running in stores and online until September 25, spend £50 and get £10 off one of 20 iconic beauty products. For further details go to

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