It may still be August, but the fashion and beauty industry has moved onto Autumn/Winter. So this week, I’ve rounded up my favourite four trends for the season ahead…
1. OLD SCHOOL HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
Imagine being on the red carpet in the 1950’s, surrounded by women with flawless complexions, ruby red lips, and glamorous smoky eyes. Fast-forward to 2011 and this fabulous look is one of the biggest trends for Autumn/Winter.
To get the look, start by applying a foundation that will cover every flaw, blemish or dark circle. Dior Capture Totale High Definition Serum Foundation, £60.26 is ideal, giving a flawless finish and natural-looking radiance.
For eyes, you need a smoky shadow and liquid eyeliner in black for a striking look. Apply the shadow right up to the crease of the eye socket and then line eyes across the upper lash line, finishing in a flick at the corner of eyes. I recommend Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Graphites, £24 and Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner in Noir Ebene, £23.
Finally – and most importantly – apply a pillar-box red lipstick for a dramatic pout. I’ve tried and tested hundreds of red lipsticks over the years and Dior Rouge Long-Wearing True Colour Lipstick in Dolce Vita Red, £20.50 is one of the best. The glamorous gold packaging is another nod to the glamorous 1950’s!
2. PONY TAILS
The most fashionable way to wear your hair for Autumn/Winter 2011 is pulled back into a pony tail. Whether it’s high on your head or low at the base of your neck, it’s the hottest style of the season.
The key to this look is to keep hair slick and glossy – and the first step is to switch to a smoothing shampoo and conditioner, such as S Factor Smoothing Shampoo, £9.21 and Conditioner, £10.21. After drying, add extra shine with a glossing serum – I love Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Styling Treat Shine Serum, £7.71.
And when it comes to the style itself, make sure you pull hair back with covered bands, as uncovered elastic will snag and rip your hair.
3. NEUTRAL CHIC
If you prefer a natural look, this one is for you… Models were seen on the Autumn/Winter catwalk with bare complexions, a slick of clear mascara, and natural brown liner and shadow on eyes. Nails were kept short and natural, with a pale pink polish.
If you feel more confident when wearing base, I recommend Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, £16.32. It helps to balance skin tone and cover imperfections, whilst retaining a very natural look.
Stick to very neutral colours on your eyes, such as Too Faced Eye Shadow in Heaven and Teddy Bear, £14.50 – a chocolate and cream matte. Wash the chocolate hue over your whole eyelid, adding the cream on top to wash it out. Then line the upper lash line with a dark brown liner (whatever your hair colour, as black is far too dramatic for this look), such as Stila All Day Waterproof Eye Liner in Dark Brown, £13.
Finish by painting one coat of Clarins Glossy Nail Colour in Soft Pink, £10.61 to nails for a pretty, natural look.
4. SEE GREEN
From pale mint to bright jade, the hottest colour to wear on your eyes next season is green. It’s not an easy look to pull off, so I’d suggest starting off with subtle hues and moving onto the brighter shades when you feel more confident.
Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Going Green, £13 is ideal, as you can try out different colours in one single palette. I love the shades of lime, dark, and bright green.
If you are nervous about the trend (and I have my suspicions there may be a few of you), why not try green eyeliner instead? A slick of Daniel Sandler Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner in Green Velvet, £9.25 across the upper lash line will give a fun nod to the trend on nights out.