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Make-up , 3 October 2014

3 Steps To Perfect Autumnal Make-Up

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Last week when writing about the mighty powers of a humble bronzer, I declared myself unwilling to accept that summer has come to an end. That all changed yesterday. As I walked around London in the unseasonably warm weather I longed for the crisp coolness of air and crunch of leaves underfoot that signal autumn. While it may still be a little warm for knits, tights and boots, it isn’t too soon to introduce some autumnal notes to your make-up. Here are three easy ways to update your make-up…

Plum Autumn Lips

STEP ONE // When conjuring up autumnal make-up in my mind’s eye, I see an abundance of russets, berry tones, burnished bronzes and aubergines. This year, the Official Beauty Trends are married up with my vision. There are some who have employed these colours around the eye (and this is a perfectly acceptable way to add a subtle nod to the season, so long as you line eyes with plenty of black kohl so as not to look sickly), but I prefer the traditional approach of a deep lip. If you’re a little wary of going for a bold lip, just pat on a berry colour, building to an intensity you are happy with.

Red and Berry Lips Swatches

I LOVE // Left-to-right

– Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie, £7.99 here.

– By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge in Sangria Appeal, £25 here.

– Sisley Phyto Lip Shine in Sheer Berry, £29 here.

– Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Temptation, £17.50 here.

– By Terry Baume de Rose in Fig Fiction, £35 here.

Highlighters for healthy skin

STEP TWO // To compliment this, keep everything else minimal. Skin should be perfected – not masked – and then highlighted. How you apply highlighter is key; dot it onto the tops of cheekbones, inner corner of eyes and brow bone and then pat until it is seamlessly fused with the skin. If you would like to take this a step further, mix a touch in with your base to look lit from within. N.B. A little goes a long way with highlighter – with all the below I use less than half a pump each time.

Skin Highlighters

I LOVE // Left-to-right

– Burberry Fresh Glow in Radiance No 2, £34 here.

– Nars Illuminator in Copacabana, £22.50 here.

– MAC Strobe Cream, £24.50 here.

– Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, £33 here.

– Benefit High Beam, £19.50 here.

Nude Eye Palettes

STEP THREE // Eyes should not be competing for attention with the lip but instead be subtly defined. I love using the mid-shades of nude palettes to add depth and dimension and to softly enhance my natural shape. While models who sported this look on the catwalks recently tended to go sans mascara, I personally couldn’t bear to and instead just gave mine a little lick of the stuff.

I LOVE // Clockwise from top left

– Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in Untamed Teal, £40 here.

– Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 15 Les Sables, £39 here.

– YSL Couture Palette 4, £39.50 here. 

– Burberry Beauty Sheer Eyeshadow in Mocha No 2, £40 here.

(centre) – Becca Sun Chaser Ultimate Eye Colour Quad, £16 here.

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