So, pumpkin spiced latte season is finally upon us. But, to me, autumn will forever remind me of new school uniforms, stationery and the crisp chill in the air – no matter how many years go by.
When talking about beauty, over the years, autumn beauty has always welcomed berry, earthy and copper hues but not autumn 2019. No, this year’s A/W catwalks are bringing a little more than that. With an array of wearable trends perfect for every day, I’m here to show you how to recreate five of these looks using some of the latest makeup releases to hit the shelves. It’s time to switch things up, try something new and match your makeup to the season…
#1 The Soft-Focus Lip
Taking heed from the K-Beauty trend of ‘blooming’ lips that have a hazy and imperfect finish, the autumn-winter fashion shows were awash with this ‘just blotted’ lip effect that begs you to ditch your lip liner.
You can recreate this ‘smudged-in’ effect using a matte lipstick and your finger to give a blurred effect. Or, YSL’s latest launch, The Slim Sheer Matte, provides the perfect finish without all the effort.
Neutral lip lovers will adore 106 Pure Nude, a nudey-pink that gives lips just a hint of colour. Alternatively, if you want to give more of a definitive nod to autumn, try 101 Rouge Libre. A sexy pinky-red hue, similar to the colour seen on the runway of Oscar de la Renta. I adore the formula; it’s creamy and slightly sheer matte consistency feels comfortable on the lips and isn’t at all drying which can often be an issue with matte lipsticks. You can build up the intensity; it wears evenly and is easy to apply on-the-go without a mirror. If you buy one thing this autumn, make it one of these lipsticks.
Love the sound of YSL Slim Sheer Matte? See them all swatched here.
#2 The Subtle Bronzed Glow
Now I know the words’ bronzer’ and ‘glow’ are typically associated with the warmer months, but hear me out. The focus on natural-looking and luminous skin isn’t going anywhere for the colder months — quite the opposite. We’re being encouraged this year not to hide under the safety of a full-coverage foundation but instead let our natural skin peek through. The runways were awash with glowy, yet slightly bronzed skin to give the illusion of dewiness and I think I’ve found the perfect product to recreate this look.
The GUERLAIN Face Highlighting Powder provides a very subtle highlight that can be added to the high points of your face or dusted all over. It has a marbled swirl of rose gold, and bronze, which gives skin a subtle shimmer finish effect and seasonal warmth that will look perfect paired with your cosy jumpers.
#3 The Fresh-Faced Blush
Blushing was a trend seen across all the major catwalks for autumn/winter 2019. Seen at both Chanel and D&G, a touch of pinky blush is one of the easiest ways to liven up the complexion and soften the face.
This season, Clarins has the perfect offering for this easy-to-master makeup step. With everything you need to create a healthy flush, the new collection of Joli Blushes are buildable with a lightweight and breathable texture. My go-to shade would be Cheeky Rose, a suits-all complexions shade that will give a hint of ‘I’ve just got back from a long winter walk’ but without the effort! Apply to the apples of your cheeks, including the area closest to your nose to mimic a natural effect.
#4 The Smokey Neutral Eye
A real emphasis was put on neutral-toned smokey eyes this season, with Tom Ford, Elie Saab and Max Mara all sporting this understated and elegant eye makeup look. Shades leant towards moody browns and taupes with hints of pink, and could easily be worn throughout the day for work and amped up with eyeliner for the night.
This limited-edition eye palette from GIVENCHY allows you to recreate this soft, sexy and smouldering trend in just a couple of minutes. With a range of textures including matte, satin and metallic, each highly-pigmented and long-lasting eyeshadow lasts up to 12 hours on the eyes.
#5 The Softened Brow
Could A/W 2019 be the end of the ‘Instagram brow’ that we’ve become so used to over the last few years? Well if the runway shows at Chanel, Cavalli and Loewe are anything to go by, I’d say yes. Models wore a much softer brow look, without any harsh lines. Instead, brows were filled in with a powder to give a groomed effect that looks less dramatic but still frames the face, and I’m here for it!
It’s also no coincidence that queen of brow products, Benefit have just released a multi-tasking pencil that combines a wax pencil and a powder to be able to recreate this brow trend (they’re always ahead of the game!). Brow Styler is a nifty double-ended product that allows you to adjust the intensity of your brows according to your look. With an up to 18-hour wear, waterproof formula and mess-free application, this is set to everyone’s go-to forever.