Each year I let makeup trends pass me by and do my own thing. But this year I thought I'd take note of backstage makeup looks for A/W 2013 and select a few trends that I feel I will be enjoying this Autumn.
Below are 5 Autumn/Winter makeup trends that I love and some product recommendations for achieving each look.
Dewy, luminous skin is something I instantly associate autumn makeup with. I love achieving glowing skin, highlighted along the cheekbones with a flush of colour to the cheek like autumn wind can achieve. A key trend this A/W is luminous skin and minimal makeup so this will be one to sport at the weekends for me.
For an overall dewy, glowing finish to the skin base products work well. For under foundation Bright Here Bright Now Instant Energy Boost Balm (£12/50ml - Boots) will create an illuminating base to apply foundation on to or can be mixed with foundation for a more sheer finish. This is a good multitasker that is ideal for early mornings and tired, dull skin. A slightly more concentrated version of this is the Lush's Feeling Younger Skin Tint (£12/20g - Lush here) so only a little is needed either mixed with foundation or under foundation on the high points of the face, an especially lovely product for pale complexions.
For over foundation I will be continuing to use the Garnier Tinted Eye Roll-on in Very Light (Approx £8 - Boots, Superdrug) but not as a concealer or on the under eye area! Even on my pale skin this is fairly light and also thin so I roll this along my cheekbones, down my nose and in triangle shapes under my eyes by the side of my nose. Then I simply blend out with a buffing brush or my fingers. This really does illuminate the face without any shimmer which I love. For added natural looking highlight to the cheek and brow bones I highly recommend Bourjois' New Java Rice Loose Powder (£9.99/5g - Boots here). Feather-light and perfectly light reflecting this will add radiance with the finest amount of shimmer creating a fresh dewy look to the skin. Also how pretty is the vintage inspired packaging?!
Smokey metallic eyes are definitely my thing so this was a trend that I was excited to see. This season however I will be opting for darker metallic shades and rich plum-y tones. For a deep plum smokey eye Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate is the perfect shade and intensity (£3.84 - eBay here or £5 at Boots). Though all Maybelline Colour Tattoos are on trend in shade and can be used in a similar way to MAC Paint Pots as an all over colour on the lid or as a base for a smokey metallic eye.
As for palettes my go-to choice this Autumn is the Kiko Colour Impact Eyeshadow Palette in Lounge Warm Tones (£16.90 - Kiko here or in-store) with 3 matte and 3 metallic shades this is the perfect palette for autumn/winter smokey eyes - worth every penny! However my ultimate palette is Pur Minerals Beautiful Creatures Eyeshadow Palette which sadly isn't available to the UK (U.S only) however the Pur Minerals Untamed Palette is available to Marks & Spencers (£30 - M&S here) does look very similar. Really the texture of Pur Mineral eyeshadows is so so rich and buttery and as you can see the pigmentation is amazing.
My budget favourites for the metallic trend are the Manhattan Go Big Eyeshadow Pens which are just amazing for only £1.27 each via eBay here. Reviews to come very soon with swatches!
60's Twiggy eyes, soft feline flicks and precise winged liner - eyeliner is most definitely in this autumn/winter. My everyday go-to look constants of winged eyeliner but this trend has definitely made me what to try out some different looks especially the top and middle images above.
For a precise look L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in Intense Black (£5.95 - Feel Unique here or Boots) does an amazing job, the nib is firm but flexible and the style of the pen is very easy to grip and use. But for a more bold look I would highly suggest the new L'Oreal Super Liner Blackbuster Intense (£6.99 - Boots here).
If a soft smokey feline eye is more your thing then the high street is the place to look with Sleek, Rimmel, No7 and Maybelline all providing creamy pencil eyeliners. My personal favourite is Sleek's Eau La La Eyeliner in Noir (£4.99 - Superdrug here), this jet black shade is highly pigmented and creamy with such lasting power which I love to smoke out with Models Own Angled Brush (£5.00 - Boots here). For a softer look Kiko Twinkle Eye Pencil in Flexuous Burgundy (£6.90 - Kiko here or In-store) gives a soft brown shimmer and actually preforms like a high end liner - totally in love with this!
Bright & Berry Toned Lips
One trend that will be totally new to me this autumn is bold lips! My usual shades consist of nudes or berry tones, but this season I'm going to try to embrace the bold lip, especially with glowing skin and minimal eye makeup. My shades of choice will be bold oranges and bright berries. Clarins Rouge Eclat in Juicy Clementine (£14.80 - Escentual here) is an absolute favourite of mine from the packaging, to the scent, to the consistency and of course the wonderfully bold orange shade. Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Lovesick (£7.99 - Boots here) is another bold shade that I love which has a slight berry hue making it ideal for this bold autumn trend.
For deep berry lips Rimmel's Moisture Renew in Berry Queen, bottom right swatch (£2.68 - eBay here) is juicy and hydrating making it ideal for winter. But for a rich berry lip I highly recommend Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Kate Lipstick in 107 (£5.49 - Feel Unique here) which is a truly wonderful shade.
Wow, what a long post!
Hope I have given you a few ideas to mix up your makeup bag (Muji drawers for Bloggers!) this Autumn.